PRESS RELEASE | ANNOUNCING FUNDING PARTNERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2019
TORBAY COMMON GET IT ON THE GO CAMPAIGN TO ANNOUNCE FUNDING PARTNERS DELOITTE AND ATLANTIC CANADA OPPORTUNITIES AGENCY
St. John’s, NL – The Torbay Common Get it on the go Capital Campaign launched in the spring of 2019, with a goal to raise $1.5 million to support the construction of a new $8.9 million, 22,000 sq. ft. community centre in the Town of Torbay. The campaign cabinet are well on their way to completing their target and are proud to announce significant funding partnerships to date.
“Our community is a lively, vibrant place and I am excited by the opportunities the new Torbay Common complex will bring to our town,” says Brian Groves, Campaign Chair, “I have been a long-time resident of Torbay, and I am proud to call this place my home. But there was an obvious piece missing in our beautiful town – a common space for residents of all ages to come together”. A community with such a strong history and sense of place needs a facility that will ensure our values are preserved and passed on to future generations. Here at Deloitte we understand the importance of heritage and community. We value this province and the health and wellness of its people. As Campaign Chair of Get It On The Go and Partner with Deloitte I am pleased to announce our $100,000 contribution to this vital community project.”
The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is providing a contribution of $300,000 towards the completion of the facility. “The Government of Canada understands that modern infrastructure and key tourism assets are essential to fostering economic growth, building vibrant, sustainable communities and enhancing the quality of life for residents,” said Nick Whalen Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Our government is pleased to partner with the Town of Torbay and support its Torbay Common facility, which will bring residents and families together to enjoy a beautiful space for community events and activities for generations to come, while also creating new opportunities for tourism growth and economic development in Torbay and neighbouring towns.”
“We are delighted to have the support of Deloitte and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and many other funding partners who have come on board - every dollar raised by this campaign reduces the burden on our taxpayers” said Mayor Craig Scott. This facility is a welcomed addition to the community and will serve residents, and surrounding communities on the Northeast Avalon, for many years to come. “There has been an overwhelming show of support from the community and pledges from residents across the North East Avalon” he added.
Set to open late September 2019, the facility will include a large gymnasium with a climbing wall, a large divisible multipurpose room with a canteen/kitchen, offices and more. It will connect seamlessly to the outdoors where a new playground, splashpad and a skate park will support activity for all ages. A welcoming entrance plaza, amphitheatre and a rear green space will support regular outdoor markets, concerts, festivals and more.
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Situated right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Town of Torbay offers breathtaking coast views in a picturesque, rural setting. With a population of just under 8,000, the town is a vibrant, evolving community with a long and colourful history that dates to the 1500s. A unique, storied community, with an exceptional quality of life, Torbay has so much to offer. Torbay is the second-fastest growing municipality in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Torbay joins the communities of Logy Bay, Middle Cove, Outer Cove, Flatrock, Pouch Cove, Bauline, and parts of Portugal Cove-St. Philips to form the Northeast Avalon area of the province, a region with a total population of approximately 18,000.
The Torbay Common Get it on the go Capital Campaign is $1.5 million in private sector funds to support the construction of a new 22,000 sq. ft. community centre in the Town of Torbay. The facility will serve communities in the Northeast Avalon and will be a common ground for young and old alike, providing opportunity for recreational, social and cultural activities that will benefit the community for generations to come.
Brian Groves, Campaign Chair
Scott Stirling, Honorary Chair
June Perry, Campaign Director