The Manitoba government announced in September of 2020 that they are establishing a $6 million endowment fund for the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre (now the Henry J. Enns Wetland Discovery Centre).
“Environmental education is critical to the future of our province and planet,” said Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba. “For three decades, Oak Hammock Marsh has created a wonderful opportunity for Manitobans of all ages to learn and connect with the nature. The creation of this fund will ensure their important work will continue for decades into the future, and will support climate and green education.”
The provincial contribution to the fund will generate approximately $270,000 annually to support the interpretive centre, a 20 percent increase over the previous provincial operating grant. The new endowment funding model will provide permanent, stable funding to support the interpretive centre and builds upon $1.5 million in provincial funds committed earlier this year to support upgrades to the facility.
“This investment by the province will allow us to leverage the best in conservation science and education,” said Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “It provides the financial stability needed to ensure our award-winning facility can continue providing Manitobans and visitors from around the world with hands-on opportunities to learn about wetlands and the critical role they play in building a sustainable future.”
Wouldn't it be nice to see the BC government step up to the plate and support the development of a new Discovery Centre here in Creston with the creation of an endowment fund so that environmental education and awareness programs can continue into the future for residents of the Kootenay-Columbia region and beyond?!
If you want to voice your support, contact our local MP, MLA or Regional Director. Here are their names and email addresses:
Adam Casemore, Director for Regional District of the Central Kootenays, Area C - email@example.com