Community celebrates grand-opening


Photo by Marianne Curtis

At a gala event the ribbon was cut to declare that the TransCanada Centre in Ile Des Chenes was open for business.

By Marianne Curtis

The community of Ile Des Chenes came out to celebrate the official grand opening of the TransCanada Centre on November 3.

At a very special gala event the ribbon was cut to officially declare that construction on the new community centre was complete and ready for business.

Roger Perron, Economic Development Officer of Ritchot Community Development Corporation says he is pleased to see the complex open for business.

“We have an amazing state of the art facility here,” Perron stated. “We would still like to add other services here.”

The Centre TransCanada Centre is a Silver LEED certified building. It uses 60% less energy due to the installation of a sophisticated geothermal system that also serves the adjoining local arena and the town’s fire hall. The geothermal project received funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Fund. It was also awarded the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2012 Sustainable Communities Award – Energy category.

The community centre is expected to bring much needed services to the community and will also create employment opportunities. The Centre also houses a bilingual public daycare for 94 children.

“If you are going to have a growing community then you have to have a safe place for the children,” Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux added. “The daycare centre in this facility is something the community should be proud of.”

There is also several thousand feet of office rental space, with the primary focus on bringing medical services to the community and surrounding area such as a medical doctor, pharmacy, dentist, and physiotherapist.

Ritchot reeve Bob Stefaniuk added that the centre is a sign of growth in the community.

“We are seeing a lot of growth in Ile Des Chenes,” Stefaniuk noted. “We are building houses, the hall, a daycare and we have room for more services.”

This project has been made possible with the support of federal funding through the Community Adjustment Fund and the Rural Municipality of Ritchot. The funding received from the Federal Community Adjustment Fund of $2.77 million will be used to assist in the construction which is estimated to cost about $ 4.27 million.

By building the TransCanada Centre, the RM of Ritchot became the first municipality in Manitoba to go green by connecting three community structures to one geothermal system. The system interconnects the Ile Des Chenes arena, fire hall and the new community centre. Now complete, the project is expected to save the municipality and taxpayers thousands of dollars a year through energy efficiency.

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