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Enderby, B.C. church receives $600k in grant funding for renovations – Okanagan

St. Mary’s Church in Enderby, B.C., has obtained $600,000 in funding for renovation and relocation.

The unique St. Mary’s Church was struck by lightning and burned to the bottom in 1916. By 1918, a brand new church was constructed with the assistance of the Splatsin neighborhood and an Oblate priest.

The church nonetheless stands as a spot neighborhood members come collectively in prayer, at weddings, funerals and extra.

The Splatsin Improvement Company obtained the grant and might be engaged on the venture. $500,000 of the funding is from Heritage BC’s 150 Time Immemorial Grant Program and the remaining is from a Rural Improvement coaching grant.

“I’ve been concerned with this initiative since my second yr on the Splatsin Band Council, and it’s been a very long time coming,” stated Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief), Doug Thomas in a press launch.

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Thomas acknowledges the work carried out by the Elders locally for requesting the renovation. He says a couple of particulars referring to the relocation and restoration nonetheless should be labored out.

“I imagine we’ll obtain quite a lot of optimistic enter and help from our neighborhood that can see this venture to completion.”

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The coaching grant obtained permits the event company to coach Splatsin neighborhood members on the fundamentals of carpentry whereas they renovate the church.

Thomas and the Splatsin Improvement Company didn’t reply to our request for an interview.

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