Three communities in the Westman Region have received funding through ADAMA Canada's All In On Your Stomping Grounds granting program, a new initiative to help fund community projects across the country.  In its first year, the new program funded 19 projects across the country, five in Manitoba.

The most significant recipient of ADAMA's All In On Your Stomping Grounds grant program is the Russell Cancer Care's expansion project with a $4500 donation. 

The current chemotherapy unit at the Russell Health Centre is very limited in space and accommodates only a handful of people at a time.  Once complete, the project will add another 2,300 sq.-ft. to the health centre’s existing CancerCare Manitoba chemotherapy treatment space and include the replacement of the existing nursing station and medication storage area, creation of a dedicated patient washroom, nourishment area, and a small waiting area; improved patient privacy; and space for future expansion of treatment areas, if needed.

At the end of August, the Tiger Mountain Pool Inc received $3,000 to improve Treherne’s local swimming facility. 

'The Treherne Aquatic Centre requires maintenance and upkeep to accommodate for growing demand. In 2022, the pool accumulated nearly 650 people for swimming lessons and over 8,500 visitors for public swimming. The donation will go towards upgrading the cement pad surrounding the pool and repairing the motor on the waterslide, as well as purchasing a new spine board and games to promote water activity,' stated last week's media release.

Earlier this month ADAMA Canada announced a $2500 donation to the Cartwright Baseball program to improve their local ball diamond.  The money will go towards putting up a 30’ x 30’ canopy for rain and shade protection. This area is located in front of the canteen, and it’s well-used for community events such as baseball games, barbeques, senior music outings, recreation, etc.  

“The ball diamond gets used for plenty of events that bring a lot of joy to the community,” said Pamela Enns, President of Cartwright Baseball. “With the help of ADAMA’s contribution, we’re thrilled the project will soon come to fruition so we can continue enjoying the space rain or shine.”

The Westman projects are only 3 of 19 initiatives supported by ADAMA Canada’s All In On Your Stomping Grounds program, which issued a cross-country call for Canadians to share community space improvement projects, agricultural education projects or community food bank projects in their hometowns that needed funding earlier this year. The program donated a total of $120,000 after receiving 60 applicants.

"Anything that builds community would be eligible for this program," shares Gerald Hildebrand, Area Business Manager for ADAMA Canada. "We just want to support the communities that support us and give back.  There's always need in rural areas for support in these kinds of things and there's always opportunity to enhance or improve facilities in these rural communities."

"We're obviously very excited about all the project that we were able to support this past year and we're looking forward to supporting more projects going forward, including additional projects right here in Westman," adds Hildebrand.

Manitoba projects that received funding through ADAMA's new community initiative:

  • Expanding Community Cancer Care Russell - $4,500 to help upgrade chemo unit
  • Treherne Aquatic Centre - $3,000 to purchase swimming equipment
  • Cartwright Baseball - $2,500 to upgrade facilities
  • Thunderhill Ski Club Inc. (Swan River) - $5,000 to help build a chalet
  • Arborg Curling Club - $7,000 to make rink accessible
  • Altona Minor Hockey- $3,000 to build girls dressing rooms at arena

ADAMA Canada has been supplying the Canadian agricultural community with crop protection products for more than a decade, providing solutions to combat weeds, insects and disease.  

(Photo credit Prairie Mountain Health)

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