Fundraising set to begin for $3.5M project
Members of the Haldimand Norfolk Community and Children's Safety Village committee include, from left, Debbie Kozicki, Board Member, Mark Foster, Vice President, Stephanie Giles, Communications Director, Elaine Elliott, Secretary, Tom Myerscough, President. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
A “safety village” serving Haldimand, Norfolk and Six Nations hopes to open its doors to the public by 2020.
A committee headed by Tom Myerscough, of Port Dover, has been lobbying for a safety village for several years now. It came close to striking a deal several years ago with Norfolk County for the former Doverwood Public School but that fell through.
The committee’s quest for a location came to an end Tuesday when Haldimand council approved the sale of 3.8 acres of county land on the Nanticoke Creek Parkway behind the Jarvis fire hall.
When completed, the $3.5-million village will feature a number of buildings and studio-like settings where people of all ages can train in a host of areas related to safety.
“We’ve got things lined up and have to get ready to rock-and-roll to make it a reality,” Myerscough said Tuesday. “Everyone can get involved.”
The safety village has some money in the bank from donations and recent fundraising events. However, with a location secured, fundraising is about to shift into high gear.
The committee has identified envelopes of funding at the federal and provincial level and intends to partner with service clubs and other community groups that want to take charge of specific components.
This method has worked in the past and is most noticeably on display at Camp Trillium in Waterford.
The safety village committee sums up its mission with the following statement: “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.”
A news release issued Tuesday says fundraising will begin in earnest this January. More information is available at the committee’s website at http://hnsafetyvillage.wixsite.com/thesafetyzone. Inquiries can be mailed to email@example.com.