Generator for Killarney ON Evacuation/Heating/Cooling Centre
Created October 30, 2011 by Darlene Kidd
The Municipality of Killarney is comprised of 1578 square kilometers within the districts of Manitoulin, Sudbury and Parry Sound. It is more than twice as large as the geographical area of the City of Toronto and contains two provincial parks - Killarney and French River - within its boundaries.
Killarney village is a small, isolated community on the North Shore of Georgian Bay, with a permanent population of less than 500 persons. Bordered by water on three sides, and by wilderness on the other, we have one access road – the Killarney Highway. The nearest large centre by road is Sudbury, 102 km away.
• We typically have several power failures during the course of a year, sometimes during very cold weather or the hottest summer heat.
• Power is supplied to the community through miles of underwater cable and overhead lines running through dense bush, which can make the identification and repair of problems very difficult.
• With the assistance of federal and provincial grant monies, the municipality constructed a new conference and event centre, which is part of the Killarney-Shebahonaning Complex. This new building, called Veterans’ Memorial Hall, is replacing a smaller, decades-old structure of the same name.
• Through community fundraising efforts, generous donations were collected from business owners, residents, cottagers, and seasonal visitors, to purchase the new building’s equipment and furnishings. Our ability to fundraise additional dollars for a generator is very limited, so we are grateful to AVIVA for the opportunity to enter this contest.
**Veterans’ Memorial Hall has also been designated by the municipality as an emergency evacuation centre. It would be wonderful if this building could also be used during extended power failures, as a heating/cooling centre for those who have no alternate source of home heat or air conditioning.
Our entire community would benefit from the installation of a generator, but we are especially concerned about young children and about our seniors, who represent almost half of our population. It is their health that is most vulnerable to extremes of heat and cold.**
We very much hope that we will be able to attain our goal of installing a generator, to ensure the continuous operation of an essential community facility.
Cost of Generator & Installation: $40,000-$50,000