Harper Government Invests in Improvements to the Cheremosh Studio

November 12, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta

Today, Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Ukrainian Cheremosh Society under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“The Ukrainian Cheremosh Society has been in existence since 1977 and its facility continues to be a community hub for local performances and festivals,” said MP Goldring. “I am proud to see our Government support this project, which will help boost economic activity and leave a lasting legacy of improved infrastructure.”

The Harper Government’s investment of $192,552 will be applied to a number of renovations to the Ukrainian Cheremosh Society building. Improvements include installing new energy efficient lighting and signage, resurfacing the parking lot, as well as replacing the boiler, roofing and flooring. These upgrades will help extend the lifespan of the facility, while ensuring the Society can continue to provide Ukrainian inspired dance programming and festivals to the local community.

“Cheremosh is an outstanding dance company that has entertained audiences here and abroad for 40 years. Their dedication to the art of dance, and to promoting and teaching the discipline of Ukrainian dance to our youth, is tremendous,” said Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk. “The Government of Alberta, having provided more than $116,000 toward the renovation of the Ukrainian Cheremosh Society’s building, is pleased to join the Government of Canada in this project to renew these important performance spaces to foster continued growth and excellence in dance.”

“The Governments of Canada and Alberta’s investment in Cheremosh’s facility will pay dividends well into the future. These renovations will allow us to use our existing space more effectively and provide a pleasant and welcoming environment for our dancers and their families,” said Cheremosh President, Graham Currie.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

For more information, contact:

Donna Kinley
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 780-495-6892
Email: Donna.Kinley@wd-deo.gc.ca

Graham Currie
Ukrainian Cheremosh Society
Telephone: 780-466-0089

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