The Science Village in downtown Timmins held its official opening celebrations on Monday, June 20 to great fanfare and support from the community.
The centre has been operating in a limited capacity beneath St. Mary’s Gardens on Fifth Avenue since the fall, but has now expanded its operations with new exhibits. Budding partnerships promise to enhance the programming even further.
Years in the making, Science Village is now the permanent home for Science Timmins. It is unique in Canada since it is housed in senior citizen housing and therefore greatly facilitates and encourages intergenerational activities and programs.
Mayor Steven Black, who spoke at the event, said he too was glad to see that years of hard work have finally came to fruition.
“When you look at the importance of science in the community and in the education process in general, it’s great to have a permanent facility,”
Rather than doing a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, Science Timmins president Antoine Garwah opted to do something a little more science-based at the official opening ceremony of the Science Village on Monday. He demonstrated how one of the current exhibits works to gather visitors, racing wooden cars that propel forward down a track by way of a compressed air system.
Making reference to the old adage that it “takes a village”, vice-president Lorraine Cantin said she is truly grateful for all of the support Science Village has received from volunteers, corporations in the city, and the community at large.