Government of Ontario Pledges $5 Million to Variety Village
Toronto, Ontario, April 13, 2018 - The Ontario Liberal Party announced in its 2018/2019 budget that Ontario is continuing to invest in culture and recreation infrastructure to strengthen communities, promote cultural engagement and inclusion, and provide a variety of social and health benefits to Ontarians.
The Province is investing $5 Million for projects at Variety Village to upgrade areas of its aging facility so that children, youth and adults with disabilities can continue to participate in para sport, adaptive sport and other recreational activities. Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP Scarborough Southwest and Arthur Potts, MPP Beaches-East York were on hand at Variety Village on Friday, April 13 to present Karen Stintz, President & CEO, Variety Village and Variety the Children’s Charity of Ontario with a big cheque.
“We are thrilled with this substantial investment from the provincial government in Variety’s recreational infrastructure. These facility improvement projects will allow us to renovate and repair our facility, which is vital to helping us break down barriers, not just to our community, but for grassroots para sport across the Province.” said Karen Stintz, Variety President & CEO. “Improving our recreational space and programming opportunities will encourage higher levels of participation for people with disabilities in physical activity and community building.”
“Variety Village is an important facility not just in southwest Scarborough but for the GTA and the Province,” said Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP Scarborough Southwest. “This investment of $5 Million over the next two years will help fix up the aging infrastructure of the facility, which has had its footprint in this community for over 70 years.”
Projects will include facility upgrades and repairs, which will improve physical space, accessibility and energy conservation.
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Variety Village is a world recognized facility providing integrated sports, fitness, life skills and learning programs that impact lives and strengthen communities. Variety Village empowers individuals of all ages and abilities by providing accessible, safe, inclusive, and adapted fitness and sports through facilitation, skills transfer, and training. Our impact also extends well beyond the walls of the Village. Through its outreach programs, Variety provides opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the province to participate in fitness, sports, education and recreational activities.
Karen Stintz, President & CEO
Lynda Elmy, Director, Communications
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