$100,000 OTF Grant Improves Accessibility in the Schwartz/Reisman Centre

Ball Pit at the SRC Purim Event

Vaughan, ON – Last Sunday, the Hon. Stephen Lecce, MPP of King-Vaughan and Laura Smith, MPP Thornhill, attended the Enchanted Purim Parade at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre. The event was also the stage for the official announcement that the Centre received a $100,000 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to be used for a project to help the Centre reduce barriers to participation and increase accessibility of its facility.

MPP Laura Smith and Minister Stephen Lecce at the SRC Purim Event

“The Schwartz/Reisman Centre have contributed so much to the growth and prosperity of Ontario, and they are an integral part of our province’s gorgeous cultural mosaic,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “Our government is proud to partner with The Schwartz/Reisman Centre, and we celebrate the incredible work it does in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and sharing the richness and traditions of culture with the community at large.”

The OTF grant, which the Schwartz/Reisman Centre received in November 2022, will support the creation of an accessible, user-friendly, space that has functional equipment for those with accessibility requirements, enabling individuals with physical restrictions to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being. 

“Neither age nor disability should be a barrier for individuals wishing to lead a full and engaging life,” said MPP Laura Smith, Thornhill. “I’m happy to congratulate the Schwartz Reisman Centre on receiving the OTF Capital grant to add accessible functional exercise equipment to their facilities. This will allow individuals with physical and health challenges opportunities to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being.”

“The investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation ensures that the community will benefit from this community space,” said Andrew Levy, Executive Director of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre.  

“There has been demand from our local community and campus partners, such as the Reena residents, after the impact of COVID, to rejoin our community and improve their health. Thanks to the grant, Individuals who are physically healthier and socially more confident will be in a better position to contribute to the economic well-being of the community.” 

The Schwartz/Reisman Centre is committed to its mission of building and sustaining a caring and vibrant community hub, welcoming to all.  Programs include, cultural arts, social and recreation, health and wellness, house league sports and early childhood education. To learn more about the myriad programs and services available at the JCC, visit our website at: srcentre.caThe Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

SOURCE Schwartz/Reisman Centre

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