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Monday July 6 2015
7:23 AM EDT
2014-07-08 at 16:18

Community Centre re-opens after closing due to mass board resignations

Westfort Coun. Joe Virdiramo said he
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
Westfort Coun. Joe Virdiramo said he's happy to see the West Thunder Community Centre re-open.
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY - A South side community centre has re-opened with help from its remaining board members and city staff.

The West Thunder Community Centre was shut down after five board members and its president resigned in June facing pressure from its 700 members when a cafe inside the Edward Street community hub closed.

The cafe started a trial run in April but then board president Beatrice Metzler said it wasn't financially viable.

A petition calling for the board's resignation had already been signed by more than half the membership when she and the five members stepped down.

The doors were then locked until further notice, canceling some events.

But on Tuesday the city re-opened the building saying it will operate with the three remaining board members and help from city staff until a new board can be elected.

Westfort Coun. Joe Virdiramo said scheduled programming at West Thunder will now be able to go ahead.

"We're attempting to honour those bookings and carry on," Virdiramo said.

"We felt it was in the community's best interest that we facilitate the reopening."

Virdiramo said a new board could be elected as early as next month.

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rocketship says:
It will be great to see the centre up and running again.
7/8/2014 10:15:37 PM
WestfortDrifter says:
Why is it us Westforters never hear Virdiramos name unless he can put himself in the spotlight of a "hero"? He had very little, if anything at all, with this so why his picture? why his glory? I can't wait until this election comes and he is out!
7/8/2014 5:13:33 PM
ring of fire dude says:
I'll take a wild guess and say he will run for a Federal or Provincial seat somewhere down the road , along with Hobbs . Heaven help us .
7/9/2014 5:20:50 AM
fastball says:
It's just a stock picture from the files that the editors included in the story.
It's not a "glory" picture, for god's sake. According to the story, he worked with the city and individuals involved to get the place reopened. Isn't that his job? Or is this an attempt at "glory"?
I swear, it would rain loonies from the sky..and some people would complain about the noise. Don't ever change, TBay!
7/9/2014 9:05:18 AM
newshound says:
Its not a stock file photo, look at the video, that photo was taken the day of the news story July 8th! I just re-watched the video.
7/11/2014 2:45:36 PM
newshound says:
Funny how it says the city and board members have opened the centre as of Tuesday July 8, that is today, I've been calling all day and no one has answered any calls.
7/8/2014 4:37:30 PM
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