Brandon Riverbank Celebrates New Solar Pathway Project

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Picture 2: Left to right: Brett McGregor, Bernie Chrisp, president of Brandon Riverbank Inc., James Montgomery, Len Isleifson, Jeff Fawcett, city councillor, Reg Helwer, David Brown of Faraday Lighting & Uplands Energy, Laura Kempthorne, Dan Robertson, treasurer and board member of Brandon Riverbank Inc.

Brandon, MB – Brandon Riverbank recently embarked on a project to
install 40 flood-proof solar LED lights to the existing light stands, which
have been dark and not usable since the flood of 2011.

An announcement took place on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 14 to
celebrate the near completion of the project and it included contributors as
well as members of the media and Brandon Riverbank board members and
staff.

Contributors to the project include the Province of Manitoba, Brandon Area
Community Foundation, Guild Insurance Brokers and the Thomas Sill
Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the work that’s been done to light our pathways once
again,” said James Montgomery, GM of Brandon Riverbank Inc. “The solar
LED project would not have been possible without the contributions of
these partners.”

Rochelle Squires, municipal relations minister for Manitoba, says the
province is committed to investing in projects that benefit communities
across Manitoba.

“We are pleased to support the Brandon Riverbank solar LED pathway
lighting project, which will not only improve safety but encourage use of the
pathways and enhance the overall experience for users,” she added.

Cliff Cullen, justice minister for Manitoba and MLA for Spruce Woods, says
the new solar pathway project allows for the community to enjoy the
Brandon Riverbank and the Assiniboine River Corridor after sunset.

“It also provides a sense of security with well-lit surroundings,” Cullen
added.

Meanwhile, for Terri Roulette McCartney, board chair of the Brandon Area
Community Foundation, supporting this project was a natural fit.

“Through our endowment fund, our mission is to strengthen and improve
the quality of life for those in southwestern Manitoba,” she said. “Not only
does the Riverbank’s lighting project meet our granting criteria, it will add
significant value overall to this regional destination hub today and into the
future.”

Brett McGregor of Guild Insurance Brokers says he couldn’t be more
thrilled to see this Riverbank Discovery Centre project come to life.
“We’re proud to be a contributing sponsor of the solar pathway lighting
project,” he added. “The light system will enhance the usability of the trails
and make them safer to use in the evening so our community can get out
and enjoy the view.”

“We know that the lighting will help with safety issues and enhance the
area around the Riverbank Discovery Centre and nearby trails,” said Gord
Meger, director of finance for the Thomas Sill Foundation Inc. “We hope
that the solar lighting will expand the use of the area for community events
well into the future.”

Brandon Riverbank Inc. would also like to thank Faraday Lighting for their
assistance with this project and Jamieson & Judd Electrical for their tireless
work of installing the pathway lighting project. The community is invited to
come out and enjoy all that Brandon Riverbank and the Assiniboine River
Corridor have to offer. We know that the lighting system will benefit many
people who use the trails after the sun goes down and will make the trails
safer and more enjoyable.

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