At the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Hall Social, the board and volunteers of the Burritt’s Rapids Community Association (BRCA) marked the completion of work to improvements at Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall with a cake-cutting celebration.
The evening’s purpose was two-fold: to conduct board business, and to recognize the community volunteers, community partners, and sponsors who contribute, through time, money and in-kind, to the community-owned hall, social events, and projects in Burritt’s Rapids.
Financially, the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall, via the BRCA, is supported by a mix of rentals, fundraising, donations and sustaining contributions to meet its annual operating budget of approximately $22,000. Significant one-time funding contributions, like those received in 2016/2017 from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (up to $20,000), and the City of Ottawa’s Rural Community Building Grant Program ($8,000), enabled renovations and upgrades that ensure the community hall is in the best condition possible for generations to come.
Work on the improvement project included the replacement of the ceiling, insulation, and flooring; upgrades to LED lighting and washroom facilities, and repainting of walls and trim. Upgrades to washrooms, annex painting, under-stage storage, and exterior painting are yet to come.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to have contributed to this community-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
“It takes a variety of funding tools and organizational supports to help us meet our annual budget and project goals,” says Inge van Gemeren, BRCA Chair. “All of our private and public funders play key roles in our ongoing success, as do our many volunteers who manage the projects.”