On Monday morning, the Wayne Gretzky Centre received its largest donation yet of $200,000 in its Inspiring Greatness campaign from SC Johnson.

The donation was given ceremonially by Kathy Makela, Rebeccah Bohlender, Heather Barker and Robert Nasato, SC Johnson community enrichment team members; and received by Trudy Ion, a volunteer on the fundraising committee, and Brantford Mayor Chris Friel.

The funds donated by SC Johnson are specifically intended to help create a space near the entrance for children to play and parents to socialize.

“We are very excited about it,” said fundraiser Susan Campbell. “It gives children a place to play that is safe and family-friendly.”

Although there is no set plan for the area outside of the entrance, Campbell was assuring that it would be something besides a set of monkey bars.

“We want to create a one-stop facility for people… a place especially attractive for competitions.”

Several other generous donations have been made to the Inspiring Greatness campaign, including a $25,000 donation from Bank of Montreal.

Nathanael Lewis

Nathanael Lewis is the Brantford Manager of Operations [BMO], based out of the WLUSP Brantford office. Before becoming the BMO, Nathanael was a volunteer with The Sputnik and eventually became the News Editor. He is currently in the Honours Journalism program at Laurier Brantford, looking to graduate in 2016. Nathanael enjoys spending time with his fiance and biking along the Grand River trails.

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