Sudbury briefs: Registrations, business excellence, MPPs to speak

Sudbury MPP Jamie West, left, and Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas chat with Daniel Lapointe, coordinator of the agriculture program at College Boreal, during a tour of a new greenhouse. Jim Moodie/Sudbury Star

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Register for spring, summer programs

Registration is open for spring and summer fitness and recreational programs offered through the City of Greater Sudbury. Residents can stay active by choosing from a variety of activities, including yoga, photography, aerobics, taekwondo, swimming, golf, power skating and more.

Neighbourhood playgrounds and Camp Sudaca offer convenient and affordable day camps close to home for kids aged 5-12. Specialty camps for those aged 6-12 focus on creative arts and sports. Emergency preparedness is the theme of a week-long Master of Disaster camp for kids aged 9-12.

Healthy activities are available for free, including free public skating at municipal arenas until the end of March; one free public swim each week at municipal pools until June; and supervised youth drop-in centres until the end of the school year.

Complete program information is available greatersudbury.ca/leisure and at library locations.

HCI applications accepted

The City of Greater Sudbury’s Healthy Community Initiative fund supports community-based projects and initiatives that advance municipal strategic goals and promote the health and well-being of residents. Applications are accepted year-round.

HCI funds allocate $36,750 annually to each of Greater Sudbury’s 12 wards, with $24,500 of the funds going to capital projects and up to $12,250 to community grants.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a non-profit community group or organization that conducts its activities within the city’s boundaries. The applicant must have a legal bank account in his/her name or of a not-for-profit parent group or organization. Applications are also eligible if they are for a councillor-led event or initiative. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their councillor prior to submitting a request for funding.

Funding requests may be submitted up to 12 months in advance of a capital project, program, event or activity. It is recommended that requests for more than $1,000 and that require a decision of council be submitted at least two months in advance.

Details are available online at greatersudbury.ca/HCI. For assistance, contact hci@greatersudbury.ca or call 705-674-4455 ext. 4312.

MPPs to speak

Join the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce on March 22 from 12-2 p.m. as they host Sudbury MPP Jamie West and Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas for a luncheon to discuss issues of importance to Sudbury’s business community.

This luncheon will be the first joint address the MPPs have made to the chamber community since the provincial election of June 2018. They will discuss many relevant topics, including the role of government in supporting business; the fundamental importance of predictability; how to build and improve our modern workforce; how to expand our capacity for research, innovation and excellence; the importance of transportation; and how a progressive government can build an economy where everyone benefits.

The luncheon takes place at Bryston’s On The Park, 5 Creighton Rd. in Copper Cliff. The public and chamber members can purchase tickets and find more information at bit.ly/2F3LNg6.

Business excellence awards

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is hosting the finalists of the 2019 Bell Business Excellence Awards for a VIP luncheon on March 21. The reception is an excellent opportunity for finalists and sponsors to network with one another in advance of the awards gala on May 23.

For the past 22 years, the chamber has hosted the awards as an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of business owners and to learn from them. From young entrepreneurs operating out of their homes to established owners of international companies, the Bell Business Excellence Awards point a spotlight on the people who form the backbone of the community and the family, friends and experiences that keep them going.

This celebratory luncheon takes place March 21 from 12-2 p.m. at Ristorante Verdicchio, 1351-D Kelly Lake Rd. It is not open to the public; however, members of the community who wish to attend the Bell Business Excellence Awards on May 23 can find more information and purchase tickets at bit.ly/2TbpZUB.

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