Winterfest gets $50,000 flower

Trillium Foundation comes big with grant

By Terrance Gavan

The Trillium Foundation came through.

The Canada-wide grants and donation service donated $50,000 to the Haliburton Winter Games last week.

The announcement was made by Winterfest 2011 senior games Chairman Alan Clark.

Haliburton Brock Kawartha MPP Rick Johnson was in attendance and said that he will be attending Winterfest 2011, happening right here in Haliburton County from Feb 15-17.

Clark said in a post-presser presser that the grant – which works out to about 9 percent of the games total budget – forms a crucial part of the puzzle, ensuring that the games will come in under budget.

Over 1000 athletes, press and support members will be descending on the county in three days. Both Johnson and Clark said the dynamic mid-week windfall will be a boon for local hoteliers, restaurants and businesses.

The following is the full press release from last Thursday’s Jan 13 meeting.

The Winterfest 2011 Headquarters was all abuzz today as the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) for the 2011 Ontario Senior Games- Winterfest proudly announced its successful funding application from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Local MPP Rick Johnson joined OTF representative Klara Oyler as they shared news of the $50,000 grant from the Foundation towards the games scheduled for February 15 -17, 2011.“We are very excited about hosting the Ontario Senior Games in Haliburton,” said Rick Johnson, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “It gives us a great opportunity to showcase a spectacular area of the province. I am pleased Ontario Trillium Foundation funding is available to help fund this important event.”Funding is being used to support and ensure the games are a success and a memorable experience for the 900 athletes visiting Haliburton County. In collaboration with the Municipality of Highlands East, the grant will help engage volunteers in the community and encourage active living.In his opening remarks, Alan Clark, Chair of the 2011 Ontario Senior Games-Winterfest Games said, “This grant is the last piece of our budget puzzle. It guarantees that we will be able to stage the best ever Senior Winter Games.”A variety of sporting events for the games will take place throughout Haliburton County. Preparations are well underway. The consensus amongst the GOC is that Haliburton County residents are starting to become involved and excited for the County to welcome almost 900 athletes. To ensure these athletes thoroughly enjoy their visit, move volunteers are needed to join the Winterfest 2011 team. Volunteers are needed in several fashions including: accommodation/greeters, score keeping, transportation, sport events assistance, media and food services.The 2011 Ontario Senior Games-Winterfest is a unique multi-sport event that provides adults over the age of fifty-five the opportunity to continue to participate at a competitive level while, at the same continuing to live an active and healthylifestyle. The event is scheduled for February 15-17, 2011. The events will be held throughout Haliburton County withcompetitions scheduled in Minden, Wilberforce and Haliburton Village. Sports included in these games include- alpineskiing, badminton, curling, ice hockey, duplicate bridge, nordic skiing, skating, table tennis, 10 pin bowling and volleyball. Approximately 1,000 athletes, coaches, officials and 400 volunteers and are expected to converge on the region during the games. It is estimated that the games will generate between $1 and $1.5 million in economic benefits for the local economy. The Ontario Games is a program of the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport and delivered by the Sport Alliance ofOntario.A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community based initiatives. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, the OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.trilliumfoundation.orgFor further information, contact:Myke Malone – General Manager at (705) 457-1333 myke@winterfest2011.com OR Matt Trinnear – Games Administrator at (705) 457-1333 or info@winterfest2011.com

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