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Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister for Native Affairs announces financial contribution of $60 000 for the West Island Ecomuseum

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, May 17, 2006 - In the presence of Her Excellency the Honourable Lise Thibault, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister for Native Affairs was pleased to announce a total contribution of $60 000 from the Quebec government during the opening ceremonies for the Ecomuseum’s new Owl Sanctuary.

The Quebec Government’s financial contribution will allow the Ecomuseum to undertake an important renovation project which will help it continue its work of educating people about the environment and protecting wildlife. Specifically, the renovation project will include the installation of an elevator to accommodate people who are physically challenged as well as expanding the ‘Welcome Centre’ used to greet and accommodate the large number of school visits the Ecomuseum welcomes annually.

« It is a great pleasure for me to be here today at this official opening. An educational wildlife park is a unique educational tool for children and adults alike, and I am proud to be associated with the Ecomuseum and all its activities. I strongly encourage those who have yet to visit to make the trip out to the West Island and see for yourself the unique features of this wildlife park. » said Minister Kelley.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Widlife is proud to have contributed $25,000 of the total contribution as part of the Ministry’s Indigenous Fauna Program. « The Ecomuseum has an important mission – the preservation of nature. The Ecomuseum also promotes and protects natural wildlife habitats and educates people of all ages about the importance of conservation » said Mr. Pierre Corbeil, Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife.

Located in Montreal’s West Island, the Ecomuseum is a private, non-profit, 11.3 hectare educational wildlife park - operated by the St. Lawrence Valley Natural History Society - where you can observe and study indigenous fauna and flora in their natural habitats.

With a mission based on education as well as protection, the Society takes special care in providing visitors with the right facilities. Among them, an educational building that houses many species of small fish, amphibians, turtles, and an indoor songbird aviary. Open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, the Ecomuseum offers guided school tours and can accommodate birthday parties. It also offers special sleepover nights.

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