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Squamish Savings donates $250,000 to Centrepoint fund

SSCS and United Church complex Plan moves forward

Squamish Savings has given $250,000 to Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) to kick off its capital fundraising campaign to build the Centrepoint complex in downtown Squamish.

Centrepoint is a joint venture between SSCS and the United Church, a four-storey 15,000 sq.-ft. church, office, community centre and supported-housing complex. The building will be constructed on land being donated by the United Church.

Sameer Kajani, chair of the Squamish Savings Partners Board, announced the donation on May 29.

"We are proud to support Centrepoint by providing funds from our Legacy Fund to support the great work and vital programs offered by Sea to Sky Community Services that assist so many people and organizations," said Kajani in a release.

Estelle Taylor of SSCS said the gift will go to the construction of the building, which they hope to break ground on in 2013.

"It's really great news. We are so pleased to receive this generous gift from Squamish Savings. Centrepoint is a wonderful legacy project; we think this donation from the credit union's Legacy Fund is really appropriate," Taylor said. "It sends out a really strong message that this is a project that is really going to help to revitalize and transform the community for decades to come."

The capital campaign target for SSCS is $3 million, Taylor said.

"Squamish Savings has supported a lot of our programs over the years; they see the value of the work we do and they see the value of this project," Taylor said.

Full planning permission for the project was given by the District of Squamish in December 2012.