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The vision of a modern, fully equipped medical clinic for the Teeswater community is well on its way to becoming a reality, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and the generous spirit of local residents, council and corporate sponsors.

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A contribution of $519,000 to support the development of the Teeswater Medical Center was recently made as part of the short-term capital program that the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) provided to the Municipality of South Bruce.

Short-term investment is a funding program available to the municipality to support social and physical infrastructure projects until 2020-2023. It is offered by the NWMO to communities that remain in the process of selecting a site for Canada’s used nuclear fuel storage project.

In the fall of 2021, the Council applied for short-term capital funding to support the development of Teeswater Medical Centre. It was then approved by the NWMO based on how it will meet sustainability, feasibility, community benefit and other criteria.

Representatives from the NWMO, South Bruce Council and the Teeswater Medical Center Development Steering Committee gathered at the site of the future center on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate and recognize this major contribution.

“Our fundraising efforts are greatly enhanced by this significant contribution from the NWMO’s short-term investment program. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank Council and the NWMO for helping us achieve our goal of local health care in a state-of-the-art facility,” said Paul Cronin, Committee Co-Chair who is to initiate work to establish the Center in Teeswater.

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“Council is proud to support efforts to establish Teeswater Medical Center in a number of ways, including through the award of short-term capital funding,” said Mayor Robert Buckle. “We appreciate that the NWMO recognizes the importance of this project and are key partners in ensuring its success.

“We are delighted to support this important community initiative,” said Lise Morton, Vice President of Site Selection at the NWMO. “Teeswater Medical Center will provide an important service to the welfare of the community for years to come. Thank you to the South Bruce Council and committee volunteers who work to make this center a reality.

The contribution of just over half a million dollars provides significant support for the fundraising efforts of the Committee, which recently launched its community and corporate fundraising efforts. They will engage with the public, businesses and organizations in the coming months to reach their goal of $2.6 million.