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Trillium grant for new seniors centre

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Fun and fellowship at the new seniors centre in Port Dover begins in January.

The Port Dover Board of Trade has announed that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has got the ball rolling with a $59,000 start-up grant. The funds will cover programming, administration and marketing for all of 2020.

The next step is establishing a governance structure.

“The board of trade will appoint a transition team of seniors to help create a constitution and bylaws which will determine how the organization will operate, elect its own board of directors, implement policies and manage finances,” project manager Adam Veri said in a news release on Dec. 11.

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“The project team will also provide input into initial programming decisions, membership and program enrolment fees and other governance responsibilities.”

In response to increasing demand, Veri undertook the work of organizing the seniors centre in November 2018.

In May, Norfolk council unanimously supported the Port Dover Kinsmen Scout Hut as the centre’s inaugural location. These deliberations included a promise from Veri that the seniors centre would arrange its own insurance and pay for its utilities.

More details about the road ahead were to be shared this week at a public meeting at the Scout Hut on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Veri is establishing a transition team. Volunteers interested in serving in this capacity should send a short email outlining their experience and skills to averi@barberveri.com .

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