The Elmwood Community Centre has served as the heart of Elmwood and the surrounding rural area for over half a century.
It has hosted Grey Bruce Farmer’s Week, symposiums, conferences, weddings, stag and doe’s, bingo as well as community and political forums.
Now, the Elmwood Community Centre is going to receive a much needed and deserved update.
The 100 thousand dollar plus project involves a massive renovation to the Elmwood Community Centre kitchen.
80 thousand dollars will go towards converting the 1967 kitchen into an ergonomically designed modern kitchen.
Another 30 thousand dollars will be needed to replace aging appliances, dish, serving carts, coffee makers and cookware.
Elmwood Community Centre Board Chair Dale Ahrens is very excited about the project.
He says this will not only modernize the Elmwood Community Centre kitchen which has fed the masses for years, it will also take a lot of unnecessary strain off of the volunteers and caterers that run the kitchen.
He says the new design will make the kitchen more commercialized, ideal for professional caterers and more convenient for volunteers.
So far 80 thousand of the 110 thousand dollars needed for the project has been secured.
Brockton is kicking in 40 thousand dollars in total, 30 thousand from its Community Well-Being Grant and 10 thousand from the municipality.
West Grey is contributing 10 thousand dollars, 25 thousand has been raised by the Elmwood Chamber of Commerce as well as the Canada 150 Committee and 5 thousand from Trillium Insurance.
The Chamber and the Elmwood Community Centre Committee will continue fundraising efforts to cover the remaining dollars needed for the new appliances and kitchen ware purchases.
Both Brockton and West Grey have provided their blessing on the project.
The Elmwood Community Centre is unique in the fact that it is co-owned and co-managed by both Brockton and West Grey.
Requests for proposals on the project have gone out and if all goes as planned the new kitchen will be ready this Fall.