As COVID-19 shut down businesses, forced cancellations of many plans, the Herman Prior Activity Centre (HPAC) found an opportunity to undertake the long-overdue complete renovation to its washrooms.
“The closure of the Herman Prior due to health and safety concerns surrounding the virus gave us a window of opportunity to shut down the bathrooms, rip them out and put in something we have been fundraising for since 2018,” says Chris Dumont, HPAC executive director. “We are pleased to announce the completion of our washroom renovations with the wonderful, much-needed, addition of a universal, wheelchair accessible washroom.”
Fundraising for the washroom upgrades began with a $2,000 donation to the centre’s renovation fund from Stride Credit Union in 2018.
“The washrooms were able to be completed with a significant contribution of almost $42,000 funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund Program,” said Dumont. “We raised money through our craft sales, Daylin James fundraiser, Emergency Shelter for the winter storm, the Indigenous Canada ID Clinic, Christmas Carol fundraiser, Christmas Dinner, New Years Eve Dance and our “Change for Changes” donation bucket.
Add to that donations and grants from the Community Foundation of Portage and District, Community Futures Heartland and Community Futures White Horse Plains, the RM of Portage la Prairie, the Canadian Federation of University Women and the Thomas Sill Foundation. Lastly, besides anonymous donations, there were the generous donations of individual members, some as much as $1,000.”
This years’ donations and in memorium donations are listed on a tree that can be viewed as you enter the Centre.
As HPAC begins to now offer more services as health and safety allows, centre management expects many will view the washroom upgrade as a royal flush!