Locals wanted for BMG committees - May 24, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
With major renovation and expansion of the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre on the horizon, the recreation board is looking to strike two new committees.
The Brussels, Morris and Grey Recreation Board is looking to create both building and fundraising committees to work ahead to the rejuvenation of the village’s community centre.
The board advertised in last week’s issue of The Citizen, asking that letters of interest be sent to Board Chair Nicole Noble at PO Box 612, Brussels, N0G 1H0 by June 1.
Alvin McLellan, one of Huron East Council’s representatives on the board, said that he feels it’s essential to have members of the public on the committees to ensure that all voices are being heard.
McLellan said he had early contact with long-time minor hockey association member Doug McArter who had some thoughts about potential expansion of the community centre. McArter has since reached out to be involved with the project.
The board held its most recent regular meeting earlier this month and, after the public meeting on the future of the centre, all of the evening’s discussion was about the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre.
McLellan said that while discussion among board members and members of the public began immediately after the public meeting, board members thought it would be best to seek public committee members.
Going back several years, McLellan said the priority laid out for the centre was the expansion and addition of dressing rooms at the centre. While those remain a concern, he said, the public needs to have its say about what else they’d like to see improved at the centre and what they’d be willing to fundraise in order to help out.
The decision was made to advertise for a building committee, he said, so the board could get to work on making recommendations for the renovation of the centre.
He said that initially the board didn’t feel that a fundraising committee needed to be struck right away. However, members felt it wouldn’t hurt to begin that process and called for members on that committee as well.
Board member John Lowe said that the board has received an offer from Nicole Jutzi, who was at the head of fundraising for the Wingham and Area Hospital’s Our Hospital Our Future campaign, to come and advise the committee on potential fundraising avenues.
McLellan said that bringing in someone with fundraising experience is never a bad thing, so he said the board would likely take her up on her offer.
With letters of interest due to the board by June 1, McLellan says the board is aiming to strike the two committees at its next meeting in June.