Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler announced just over $27,700 toward the $124,000 Oak Lake Hall kitchen project, on Friday, Nov. 2. The hall serves as a town meeting place, located on the sports and fair grounds.
Along with MLA for Arthur-Virden Doyle Piwniuk, Eichler visited Oak Lake to make the presentation.
Members of the community were also on-hand for the announcement.
Stan and Pat Cochrane were recognized for their lead role on the hall renovation.
The design details and the many applications to get the kitchen project approved was no small feat, as Pat Cochrane explained.
The commercial community kitchen will be equipped with a walk-in freezer and machines that can accommodate entrepreneurial cooking projects as well as any large community function.
Renovation of Oak Lake Community Hall started about a year ago in a small way, with a new door that was installed - the doorway into more renovations to come, to fulfill the vision for this community centre.
“As ministers we’re issued a mandate to find more value-added projects. Taking agricultural products and turning them into a viable resource to market locally or provincially, within Canada or on the world stage.
“The best place to start, like my grandfather always said, ‘Look after home and the rest will look after itself.’”
Piwniuk also mentioned the hall was approved in August for a Community Places grant of $50,000.
Other donations have come from business and local foundations, part of the funding toward the $500,000+ project which includes two new family bathrooms with wheelchair accessibility, and a new small meeting room.