On June 16, 2015 an article came out in the Edmonton Journal about the Slave Lake Legacy Center. My first thought was, ‘what is newsworthy in Edmonton about this project?’
After reading the article I really wonder why this is on their radar, but I always have to remember the information I have is not exactly what everyone else has.
I would need 100 pages or more to tell you all I know about the Legacy Centre, but they usually only give me about 500 words to say my piece. Instead I’ll stick to the facts and provide some insight.
First off, the Legacy Centre is owned by a private corporation called the Wildfire Legacy Corporation. It is a private company we set up after the fire to deal with ownership of the building. Why a private corporation, you ask? This is because it has five owners, including the Town of Slave Lake, the MD #124, the Sawridge First Nation, the Slave Lake Elks, and the Slave Lake Childcare Society. No one has more power than the other, as we are equal members in what we think is a great community project.
This new $20 million building, that features a community hall, new daycare, performing arts theatre and FireSmart education, as well as some office space, will be a testament to this region’s recovery efforts and its leadership's ability to work together to better the region.
It started with a donation of $6.4 million from some of the members of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).
CAPP said ‘build something your community needs’, and so we went out and got some community input and the Legacy Centre is what we ended up with. If you want more history on that, feel free to check out some of my previous blogs that speak to it. Today, I’m more interested in talking about the funding, so I’ll stick to that.
Next, we were able to leverage some government grants and some Red Cross donations. We ended up with about $16 million for what was supposed to be a $16 million project. At this point we had not used any regional tax dollars to make this project happen and we were getting a $16 million asset that will improve the quality of life for people in the region.