Wilkinson announces $15,000 for Drew community

The town will benefit from a $15,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for lighting upgrades at the Drew Baseball Dia­mond, Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson announced last week.

Joining Wilkinson was Martin Bosch, a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team.

“I am delighted that the Town of Minto has received this Ontario Trillium Founda­tion grant,” said Wilkinson. 

“The Minto recreation department works with the Drew community board to maintain recreational programs to keep area residents – young and old – physically fit.

“The upgrades to the diamond will ensure that many local baseball teams will continue to utilize this recreational area which will in turn help to keep our rural communities strong and vibrant.”

Minto Mayor David And­erson said, “The Ontario Trillium grant not only assists us financially in our recreation program but it also strengthens us as a town.”

The foundation is an agency of the government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the Foundation has supported communities across the pro­vince. For more information, please visit  www.trillium­foun­dation.org.

The Minto recreation department provides all residents of the town the opportunity to participate in recreational programs via direct programming or by partnering with community groups such as the Drew community board, to assist in the provision of such programs.

The department runs three arenas, two pools, seven baseball diamonds and five soccer pitches through­out the rural communities that comprise the town. 

The Drew board provides recreation facilities to a rural community, including children ages 3 to 16, to promote Sports, social activities and volunteerism in a rural setting.

The ball diamond at Drew has five minor baseball teams, two men’s slowpitch teams, one women’s slowpitch team and a couple of annual events, namely a snow-volleyball tournament in February and pork barbecue during the summer.