“It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.” – Yogi Berra
Before summer 2016, staying cool and hearing yourself think on a hot day in our centre were mutually exclusive activities.
Anyone who has spent any time at Start Me Up in previous summer months would have remembered the jet-engine noise of our A/C unit. The noise made it difficult to have conversations and was very distracting - you literally had to choose between keeping cool and thinking. Our dated system was inefficient, had no ventilation capacity and was so loud that it was impossible to run during meetings and workshops throughout much of the year.
Earlier this year, we were very fortunate to receive an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant in the amount of $65,000, allowing us to install a modern HVAC system and update our electric service. The work caused some disruptions this summer but the effort was worth it. The change in air quality and comfort is remarkable and the noise reduction has made it possible to extend hours and activities.
On Saturday November 12, Start Me Up Niagara hosted local MPP for St. Catharines, the Hon. Jim Bradley, to show our appreciation for the grant we received from Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that made these upgrades possible.
"I'm delighted to announce the Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided this grant to assist Start Me Up Niagara in improving its building and air quality." said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley. "The funding allows Start Me Up Niagara to continue to expand its great work making a positive difference in the lives of people in downtown St. Catharines."
“The new HVAC makes it possible for the SMUN Centre to be fully utilized year round. For the first time we were able to hold programs and activities during the hot summer months without having to choose between hearing or melting. Not only did it increase comfort it was more efficient. It’s a double win!” said Susan Venditti, Executive Director of Start Me Up Niagara. “We are thankful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s commitment to supporting community and the services Start Me Up Niagara’s Centre offers to the individuals it serves.”
Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and our fundraising campaigns that made this upgrade possible!