Donors and recipients came together last week for a photo and tour of the Rossland arena safety improvements. From left to right, Aron Burke of the Kootenay Savings Credit Union; Lauren Purcell, NDCU; Janice Nightingale, Rossland city councillor; Michael Ramsey, NDCU board member; Ona Stanton, director of the Rossland Arena Society; Robert Boyd, NDCU; Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland; Mike Amman, director of the Rossland Arena Society and Brian Poch, NDCU. (Submitted photo)

Donors and recipients came together last week for a photo and tour of the Rossland arena safety improvements. From left to right, Aron Burke of the Kootenay Savings Credit Union; Lauren Purcell, NDCU; Janice Nightingale, Rossland city councillor; Michael Ramsey, NDCU board member; Ona Stanton, director of the Rossland Arena Society; Robert Boyd, NDCU; Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland; Mike Amman, director of the Rossland Arena Society and Brian Poch, NDCU. (Submitted photo)

Rossland arena upgrades supported by credit unions

Thousands given to ensure upgrades to keep kids playing on ice

Efforts to raise money for upgrades to the Rossland Arena got a big boost last week from local credit unions.

Representatives from Kootenay Savings Credit Union and Nelson & District Credit Union donated $15,000 to the Rossland Arena Society for the safety upgrade project. The project was actually completed by the City of Rossland for the fall of 2018, but the cost still has to be recovered.

“On behalf of the Rossland Arena Society, and the many users of the Rossland arena and curling rink, we sincerely thank you for prioritizing our arena upgrades in your grant funding,” said Rossland Arena Society Director Ona Stanton.

“The City of Rossland is very grateful to all the hard work done by the Rossland Arena Society to raise some of the funds for the emergency repairs required to open the arena for the 2018-2019 season,” said Mayor Kathy Moore.

“Many thanks to our local Kootenay Savings and Nelson and District Credit Unions for their generous donation. The support of individual donors was an essential show of support for the project.”