On Sunday April 2, 2017, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Peter Fassbender, and the BC Museums Association (BCMA) announced the list of successful recipient projects of the "British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada" grant.
The District of Sechelt was one of 150 communities throughout BC to receive a grant. Sechelt will receive $65,000 to repair and restore the Rockwood Lodge, a landmark heritage building in downtown Sechelt, built in 1936. “We are thrilled to be one of the communities selected to receive a grant,” said Siobhan Smith, Arts, Culture and Communications Coordinator for the District of Sechelt. “This is a much needed investment in our local heritage.”
These one-time grants were awarded to organizations responsible for a museum, archive or historic place. The Rockwood Lodge repairs were submitted to the grant program because the heritage resources of Sechelt are an irreplaceable link to our community’s past, “Rockwood is a signature item in Sechelt's community identity and sense of place,” noted Mayor Bruce Milne, “buildings such as Rockwood Lodge provide a tangible connection to local history.” Repairing the building now will help ensure its long-term use as a community hub for meetings, workshops, and the annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.
To read the official BCMA press release with links to the successful projects page, click here: http://museumsassn.bc.ca/archives/5095/cultural-organizations-receive-funding-through-b-c-canada-150-grants/