The High Prairie Curling Association (HPCA), is the 2012 winner of Monsanto Canada’s “Build a Better House” Community Curling Club Improvement Program.
The grand prize of $10,000 will help upgrade its four-sheet curling facility which was built in 1969. The HPCA has three improvement projects planned including roof repairs; adding additional insulation to the building; and purchasing and installing a new furnace to improve the energy efficiency of the club.
The HPCA entry was built around the theme of “What curling means to us” and featured young and old alike talking about their involvement with curling and the experiences and friendships built at their local club.
You can view their submission www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ujPJFCqZDY&feature=youtube.
Seventeen curling clubs from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were awarded cash grants to improve their curling clubs. Entries came in all forms this year from YouTube videos and songs, poems, scrapbooks and personal stories. Judges included: Cathy Bowman and Kathryn Larsen with ProMar Management Services and liaisons with the Canadian Curling Association; Resby Coutts, president of CurlManitoba; Trish Jordan, Brad Goossen and Joel Wiebe, all with Monsanto Canada.
Monsanto launched its Curling Club Improvement Program with the aim of assisting small-town clubs in Western Canada with local improvement projects. Applicants provide information about their club, the community in which it resides and why the curling club was in need of assistance. When this year’s funding of $51,000 is combined with cash awards given out since 2008, Monsanto has been able to provide almost $290,000 in cash awards to 101 different rural community clubs across the Prairies. www.monsanto.ca.