Consultant hired to train task force to raise $2 million for multiplex

A fundraising consultant has been hired by the town as it works to raise $2 million towards construction of a new multiplex.

A fundraising consultant has been hired by the town as it works to raise $2 million towards construction of a new multiplex.

Councillors awarded a contract to KCI for fundraising consulting services to a maximum amount of $55,000, during their meeting July 22.

The company’s proposal was one of two received from national companies with Alberta offices as the result of a request for proposals.

“The difference between the two proposals was that KCI provided an increased service level through additional support and training for local volunteers and committee members,” wrote Ron Lebsack, director of community services, in his report to council.

Councillor Laverne Asselstine asked what the multiplex fund development committee is getting for the money.

The answer came from Councillor Dale Plante who’s a member of the committee. “They open a sphere of influence for us. They train us as volunteers. Define the project in terms of what we’re able to do, tell us, here’s what you have to sell, how to go about it, how to engage the community, how to engage the corporate community.”

“It’s important to engage professionals,” said Councillor Sean McIntyre. “When you consider the capacity of volunteers going after it as laypeople, it’s a good balance between seeking professional help as well as getting the task force involved on the ground level.”