FERGUS, ONTARIO- On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament (Wellington-Halton Hills), today announced funding for the Fergus Curling Club.

The Club, one of the first social organizations established in the town of Fergus, is celebrating its 175th anniversary. There will be a variety of commemorative activities beginning in September that will showcase local artists and musical performances. There will also be non-competitive curling matches, and everyone will have the opportunity to meet local professional curlers.

“Our Government is proud to support the 175th anniversary of the Fergus Curling Club,” said Minister Moore. “This anniversary celebration reflects Fergus”s Scottish roots through the sport of curling, while giving its residents an opportunity to enjoy this great game.”

“It is important that all Canadians take the opportunity to celebrate our rich culture and heritage,” said Mr. Chong. “Congratulations on 175 years of curling. I would like to thank everyone involved for making this an anniversary celebration to remember!”

“The Fergus Curling Club, established in 1834, is the oldest continuous curling club in Ontario and this year will be celebrating its 175th anniversary with a variety of events,” said Bill Rowe, Chair of the Fergus Curling Club”s 175th Committee. “The generous funding from Canadian Heritage will assist the club with its organization of the inaugural event to celebrate the anniversary.”

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,900 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/dcap-bcah/index-eng.cfm) program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.