MLA Jeff Wharton announced grant for Gimli museum and library

MLA Jeff Wharton and MLA Derek Johnson award Sandra Reykdal, Head Librarian of the Evergreen Regional library, with a cheque for $108,223 towards library operations

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Gimli’s Evergreen Regional library and New Iceland Heritage museum were each presented with grant money by MLA for Gimli, Jeff Wharton.

The library received $108,223 towards its day-to-day operation and viable collection development. The museum was awarded $8,000 to provide for the exhibit on the history of the fishing industry and the Lake Winnipeg watershed.

“The library is a tremendous resource for our region,” said Wharton in a news release May 31. The two institutions were singled out when he added, “our Progressive Conservative government is proud to support our local museums in the important work they do to preserve Manitoba’s history for generations to come.”

Sandra Reykdal, Head Librarian, accepted the grant money for the Evergreen Regional library while Julianna Roberts, Executive Director for the New Iceland Heritage museum, accepted on behalf of the museum. Derek Johnson, MLA for the Interlake was also in attendance.

This is an engaging development for local culture and history and an important financial step forward. The grant was funded by the Manitoba Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage.