Fibre Arts Coral Reef Project

February 8, 2015

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A community fibre art project is underway in Espanola, Ontario.  A collaborative project between the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival & the Espanola Public Library will support the creation of a massive fibre coral reef.  Fibre artists from near and far will be contributing sea creatures & coral structures all created from fibre – yarn, fabric, wood & paper.  The results of weeks of creation will culminate in a massive fibre art installation of a coral reef during this year’s 4th annual Espanola Fibre Arts Festival in October.

Partnership & Programming Packs a Punch for Kids!

Espanola, Ontario / Nov 27, 2014

Partnership & Programming Packs a Punch for Kids!

Shelley Wikiruk, Learning Resource Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School arrived at her exercise class at the Espanola Recreation Complex to be greeted by a replacement trainer with a professional background in boxing.  Justin Ceskauskas, the Assistant Coach of the Top Glove Boxing Academy proceeded to put Shelley and her class through a series of boxing drills and Shelley was hooked!  Shelley identified the program as a good match for her students.  A proposed partnership to offer Box-Fit Kids to Shelley’s class was embraced by Justin and the Espanola Leisure Services Department.

"Buddy Building" funded by Participaction Teen Challenge

Espanola, Ontario

November 12, 2014

Espanola Leisure Services was successful in procuring funds from Participaction Teen Challenge to offer a free one month program this January.  “Buddy Building”  puts a supportive twist on strength training and exercise programs to attract and support young women between the ages of 16 to 19 years.


Espanola, Ontario
October 14, 2014

The billboards at the North and South entrances of Espanola will be refaced with the launching of a new “Support Local” campaign.

“Small communities are facing a critical time.  Local businesses are now competing with both the big box draw of larger centres and the added escalating competition of online shopping,” says Cheryl Kennelly, Community Economic Development Officer.  “In tandem, our volunteer organizations which rely on the generosity of local businesses, are also facing challenges due to aging demographics and a changing social culture.” 


Espanola colour                                              Domtar logo



“We are relieved to arrive at a resolution with Domtar Inc.,” says Mayor Mike Lehoux,  “This agreement will help to stabilize taxation and contribute to an economic, social and cultural climate conducive to growth.”

“We are pleased to have reached this important agreement with the Town,” said Scott Mosher, general manager of the Espanola pulp and paper mill.  “We believe it is in our mutual interest to ensure a sustainable mill operation in Espanola and contribute to a sustainable community, and we believe this agreement accomplishes these objectives.”

The agreement settles outstanding matters with respect to the mill’s assessed value from 2009-2016 and industrial tax rates from 2013-2016.

After School Program

Espanola, Ontario
August 8, 2014

Espanola’s After School Program to Operate Under New Umbrella

After four years of operating the After School Program the Town of Espanola is handing over the reins to a community partner.  As of this September, the free After School Program, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture & Sport, will operate under the leadership of Our Children Our Future out of A. B. Ellis Public School.

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