Bonnyville Friendship Centre to receive $2-million expansion

Members of the team behind the Bonnyville Friendship Centre expansion gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. (Image credit/Elliott Knopp)

New funding will allow the facility to accommodate more guests and improve upon its current services and capabilities.

 

 

The Bonnyville Friendship Centre announced new funding from the provincial and federal governments to expand its facility.

The announcement comes at a time where the friendship centre has been experiencing higher demand and increased staff volumes.

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At a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Acting Director Jeanette MacInnis called the announcement a momentous occasion for the facility.

We're standing on the ground where this momentous project is going to take place," she said.

"You can hear laughter. You're going to hear laughter in the future. You're gonna hear more songs in the future, and there's going to be love here. There's going to be healing here." 

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The cost of the expansion is expected to exceed $2 million. New additions include enhanced access for guests with mobility issues, an improved food bank to accommodate more items and provide better service and new space designed for cultural gatherings.

Bonnyville Deputy Mayor Brian McEvoy said the expansion will allow for the facility to better accommodate the needs of the community and surrounding areas.

"The history of good works done by the Bonnyville Native Friendship Centre in this community is long and storied," he said.

"This expansion will see the partnership between us grow and expand to help serve everyone in the community and the region. The Town of Bonnyville congratulates the people who have worked so hard to make this happen and make this a reality. We look forward to the opportunities upon completion to expand the benefits that we all share from the work done by the Bonnyville Canadian Native Friendship Centre."

The project is currently in the process of acquiring permits for the development and is expected to have a timeline of only one year to be completed.

Listen to the audio version of the story HERE. 

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