Originally built in 1977, the Preeceville Arena was in need of significant repairs to remain a cornerstone of its Saskatchewan community. The cost of replacing the roof to fix extensive leaks, repair the structure and improve insulation was just over $500,000. With help from Richardson Pioneer, the Town of Preeceville and the Canada 150 Fund, the project was completed ahead of schedule this fall.
“Projects like these are exactly what we look to support,” says Dallas Harrison, Director of Operations for Richardson Pioneer Canora. “We see the important role that the arena plays in the Preeceville area. It brings people together and fosters a strong and healthy community.”
When the arena isn’t packed with hockey players and figure skaters, it is a physical education program hub for elementary school kids and hosts graduation events for the Preeceville School, trade fairs and a number of other recreational functions.
“We are incredibly thankful for Richardson Pioneer and their financial support of $75,000 to the arena roof replacement project,” says Andrea Tonn, Recreation Director, Town of Preeceville. “This generous donation is a wonderful example of a commitment to help support small town recreation programs, and has helped ease some of the financial burden that is associated with such a large project.”
Donations are made possible through the Richardson Foundation, the giving arm of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, and affiliated companies. In 2015, Richardson donated over $1.65 million to support 70 community projects and organizations across Canada. Richardson is proud to help support initiatives that have demonstrated support and funding from the local community.