For Immediate Release
August 24, 2020
Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club Receives Support from Community Wellbeing Fund
Figure 1: Pictured (L-R) Chris Grubb, Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club President, Becky Smith, NWMO Regional Communications Manager, Lori Ruetz Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club Treasurer, and Bob Buckle, Mayor of the Municipality of South Bruce at the site of the future play structure.
Representatives from the Municipality of South Bruce Council, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and the Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club met for a formal cheque presentation at the Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Playground, the future site of a new play structure.
South Bruce Council identified the fundraising efforts for the new play structure being led by the Optimist Club as a worthwhile project to receive support. The donation in the amount of $15,000 came from the Community Wellbeing Fund, which is an investment provided to the municipality by the NWMO. The use of the funding is administered by the community in a variety of ways with the intention of building well-being and sustainability.
“Council recognized the dedication to community improvement demonstrated by the Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club which is why we chose to make this donation from the Community Wellbeing Fund to their playground fundraising efforts,” said Mayor Bob Buckle.
“We are thrilled to support initiatives that bring children, families and community members together. Recreation plays an important role in contributing to the quality of life in South Bruce and we’re happy to support the Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club in providing a safe, accessible and inclusive playground for all kids to enjoy,” said Becky Smith, NWMO Regional Communications Manager.
“During these unprecedented times, we are thankful for the generosity of the Municipality in considering us. We are trying to stay on target to reach our fundraising goals for the play structure installation,” said Optimist member Kim Stuempfle.
The Mildmay-Carrick Optimist Club were informed of the donation towards the purchase and installation of a new play structure in early April, however public health guidelines in effect at that time delayed the cheque presentation until now. The Optimists continue to accept donations for this project, and will be holding a meat order fundraiser beginning September 1st, with forms available from any member.