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Kiwanis Club of Brandon receives $70K donation from Co-op Community Spaces program

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: June 17, 2021 15:22

Funds to help with the development of their playground and park re-development

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As provinces across Western Canada take steps to re-open, Co-op Community Spaces is funding projects that will help bring communities back together.

This year, Federated Co-op is providing $70,000 to fund the Co-op Community Pavilion in Brandon which will offer accessible options for all children, as well as a community garden.

Frank Thomas, Kiwanis Club of Brandon Member, says the grant allows them to proceed with the development of the playground, including two shelters that will be part of our park re-development, "The project is designed to be an accessible park which means it can be used by everyone, including all children regardless of physical or mental capability. It even includes a senior’s corner. The 2 shelters will permit guardians to watch their children while enjoying the park atmosphere, and meeting with other members of the community. Quite simply, we could not have done this without the support of the Co-op Community Spaces Program." 

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. As our community begins to re-open after the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the value these projects bring in connecting and improving our communities. 

"We are so excited to partner with the Kiwanis Club of Brandon through the Co-op Community Spaces program. The last 15 months have been very challenging, and it’s such an honor for our Co-op to contribute to creating a space for residents to safely come back together" explained Dennis Laing, General Manager of Heritage Co-op.

"Investing in our community is central to our values as a Co-op. Partnering with community groups on important projects like this is a natural fit. We are creating beautiful spaces for our community to enjoy now and for years to come."

The program is expected to provide $1 million to 15 communities projects across Western Canada this year. Since 2015, Co-op has supported 147 projects with $10.5 million in capital funding. 

The giving program is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of more than 160 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System. 

For more information about Co-op Community Spaces or to view the complete list of 2021funding recipients visit Community Spaces | Co-op.

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