The appearance of a large cheque in the amount of $20,000 definitely took members of the Village of Strongfield’s Rec Board by surprise last week.
It’s money that will be well spent in the tiny community, going towards repairs and upgrades to the Strongfield Hall, with the foundation needing to be replaced, as well as a new paint job and some flooring that needs to be fixed.
The funding comes from Bayer CropScience’s ‘Pay It Forward’ program, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the InVigor hybrid canola product and thanking growers for their support by helping them give back to their local community organizations.
Local residents and growers Ryan & Amanda Glubis applied for the funding, seeing the need for Strongfield’s popular hall to continue flourishing as the community’s central hub for activities and events. Not only is the facility the biggest hall on Line 19, but it also feeds upwards of 50-70 people every week during the curling season, and also provides an ideal location for family gatherings and allows local schools a space to put on events.
Kenten Ullyott, Bayer’s territory sales manager was on hand to present the cheque along with Ryan and Amanda to the Strongfield Rec Board, including Carol Wick, Bob Norrish, Ron Follick, and Strongfield Mayor Jeff Vollmer.