Community organizations receive $10,000 in donations from Northeast Town and McLean’s Wind Mtn. Farm partnership

LITTLE CURRENT—The McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Road Use Agreement annual donation committee donated a total of $10,000 between three Northeast Town organizations last week.

“We are so happy to be able to support these community organizations in their success,” said Northeast Town Mayor and committee member Al MacNevin. “We decided to split the $10,000 donation this year between Skate Canada Manitoulin, the Manitoulin Health Centre and the Little Current Royal Canadian Legion. We donated $2,000 to the Legion (Branch #177) to assist them with improvements to their washrooms, $2,000 to Skate Canada Manitoulin to assist them with their programs and various events and $6,000 to the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary to assist them in reaching their goal of $25,000 to replace the televisions that provide programming free of charge to patients in the hospital.”

As part of the construction of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm, which finished in 2014, the Northeast Town and McLean’s Mountain Wind Limited Partnership entered into a road use agreement resulting in a community fund of 20 annual $10,000 donations from the wind partnership to be used towards or to support Northeast Town organization and/or initiatives.

The first year a $10,000 donation was made to the Howland Seniors’ Hall renovations. In 2014, $10,000 was donated to the Manitoulin Centennial Manor for the purchase of a Carendo hygiene shower chair. Last year, $5,000 was donated to the Manitoulin Centennial Manor Calling on You Campaign to replace the call bell system that residents can use to summon assistance, $1,250 to the Little Current Legion to help with improvements to the hall and $1,250 to the Manitoulin Sea Cadets towards their trip to Vimy Ridge in 2017.

“We are very pleased with the donation,” said Lori Clark, president of Skate Canada Manitoulin. “The funds will help support skating programs from Learn to Skate to Star Skate.”

“We have about 10 toilets we need to replace, so we are really pleased with this help,” said Little Current Legion Vice President Tom Stephens.

“The auxiliary is most appreciative and thankful for the donation,” said Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary President Elaine Moore.

The road use agreement committee decides on where the funds will be donated at the beginning of the summer. Mayor MacNevin said that he recommends the Northeast Town organizations begin submitting their requests for funds from the committee at the beginning of the year. Letters are recommended explaining the amount needed by the group and what the funds would be used towards. Funding requests can be sent to the Northeast Town office, 14 Water Street East, PO Box 608, Little Current, RE: McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Road Use Agreement Committee.