Mindemoya Old School receives large donation

By Rosalind Russell-

The Friends of the Mindemoya Old School has received a sizeable donation to revitalize the building as a viable community asset.

President Jan McQuay says the organization has received a $10,000 grant from Trillium Mutual Insurance – Roots Community Fund.  

She says once they signed a long-term lease, the grant was approved and will help transform the century-old building into a senior centre, as well as a place for rural artists and artisans to host a year-round marketplace and access studio space.  
Mcquay adds this building is in an ideal location , right in the heart of Mindemoya where many seniors now reside, and where people go to shop and do business. 

To serve our aging population FOMOS will create a seniors center that will offer new opportunities for recreation, fitness, learning and re-connecting with others.  To assist our rural artists and artisans, many of whom live along country roads our vision for the building includes creating a year-round marketplace and studio space in downtown Mindemoya.  This will boost incomes for these talented people, and have the wider, more general benefit of attracting more tourism on Manitoulin Island. 
Although our not-for-profit is not much more than a year old, we have a dedicated team, and we very much appreciate Trillium Mutual’s trust in us to make this vision a reality. 

Photo: The Friends of the Mindemoya Old School has received a $10,000 towards the retrofit of the century-old building which will eventually house a seniors’ centre and studio/display space for local artisans. Photo provided by the Friends and used with permissions.

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