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Budget Workshops Begin, HERO Foundation Given Extra $500K

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Budget Workshops Begin, HERO Foundation Given Extra $500K

Budget season is officially underway in the RMWB.

Wood Buffalo council held its first workshop on Wednesday hearing 20 presentations from community organizations looking to receive a sustaining grant.

The Local HERO Foundation went into the meeting with a request of $1 million. They left with an extra $500,000 to keep their lifesaving service in top shape in 2019.

Councillor Verna Murphy, who brought forward the motion to increase their ask to $1.5 million, said she believes the foundation deserves every dollar they can give them.

‘The province will throw millions and millions and millions at STARS but continue to throw us pennies up here for this service and, to me, that’s a great discrepancy – our lives are worth just as much as the lives in Calgary and Edmonton.”

The Northern Lights Health Foundation is also expected to receive $400,000 to help them complete their $16 million Gratitude Campaign. The funds would be used on their ‘Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites’ project, the largest and last initiative still needing funding.

“With over 3,100 surgeries performed here every year, the citizens of the RMWB deserve access to this type of technology,” said Lorna Ash, Director of Development with the NLHF. “It is the norm these days.”

Vista Ridge also received extra funding after they requested an increase from the original ask of $195,000, getting $567,000.

Overall, the requests ranged from more than $16 million to $30,000.

  • NLHF – $400,000
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 – $367,000
  • Arts Council Wood Buffalo – $350,000
  • Fort Chipewyan Historical Society – $141,000
  • Fort McMurray Heritage Society – $380,000
  • Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association – $90,000
  • Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association – $460,000
  • Fort McMurray Tourism – $629,800
  • Local HERO Foundation – $1,500,000
  • Justin Slade Youth Foundation – $310,000
  • Keyano Foundation – $449,513
  • Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo – $296, 034
  • Northern Alberta Athletic Association – $1,100,000
  • Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club – $30,000
  • RMWB Regional Library – $4,210,480
  • Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo – $16,270,995
  • Vista Ridge – $567,000
  • Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation – $2,200,000
  • YMCA of Northern Alberta, Wood Buffalo Region – $730,000

Council will be holding another budget workshop on Thursday.

All of these requests will officially be approved once the overall budget is passed on December 11.

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