Destination Owl’s Head | Round Barn | Donation $ 10,000

Destination Owl’s Head Donates $10,000
to the Township of Potton
for the Mansonville Round Barn Restoration Project

Thierry Roger, directeur général du Canton de Potton, Hans Walser, président du Groupe bénévole municipal de Potton, Yannick Beaupertuis, directeur immobilier et villégiature à Destination Owl’s Head, Francis Roy, directeur finances Destination Owl’s Head, Jacques Marcoux, maire du Canton de Potton, et Chantal Éthier, secrétaire de l’Association du patrimoine de Potton.

Mansonville, July 13, 2018 – Destination Owl’s Head today officially presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Township of Potton at the Mansonville Round Barn, built in 1912, to help complete the building’s restoration project.
I want to underscore Destination Owl’s Head’s concern for the Potton community. In addition to its efforts to become well integrated into the community, this company has chosen to contribute to a cause dear to many, the restoration of the Round Barn, a building of great heritage value, as well as a site of interest for Potton’s community activities. On behalf of Township of Potton Municipal Council, I sincerely thank Destination Owl’s Head, a corporate citizen attentive to the environment in which it has decided to invest,” said Jacques Marcoux, Mayor of the Township of Potton.

The Round Barn is a historical treasure that we want to make accessible to the general public for more cultural and tourist activities. We believe that a major tourism development business such as Destination Owl’s Head can contribute to the revitalization of the region and to the creation of partnerships for synergy in tourism development that will also benefit the local population,” noted Yannick Beaupertuis, Real Estate and hospitality services development at Destination Owl’s Head.

Destination Owl’s Head wants to be an involved economic citizen and to foster business and commercial ties with local merchants and attractions. We believe that the Destination Owl’s Head project will drive economic development, which will contribute not only to the enhancement of commercial and tourist activities benefitting the Municipality of the Township of Potton but also to the consolidation and structuring of the overall tourism supply throughout the Memphremagog region,” added Francis Roy, Finance Director of Destination Owl’s Head.

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Newsletter May 2018 | Friends of the Round Barn

Published by the Round Barn Committee | GBMP

Dear Friends and generous Donors,

It is time to give you some news of Mansonville’s round barn!

The building restoration and financing project:
With the results of the fall 2017 fundraising campaign, we have $110,000 in the bank and $70,000 in commitment. Since then, we have submitted three additional applications for financial assistance. Of these three requests, the Fonds des petites collectivités and the other to the ministère de la Culture are waiting for new funding and we do not anticipate short-term responses. The third one, to Canadian Heritage, is in very active evaluation at the moment and we were asked for details on the content of our exhibitions and even the CVs of the contributors who collaborated on them. We believe it’s a good sign!

The committee has also taken steps to ensure more diversified funding and is committed to communicating more regularly with donors and public partners.

Last November, we carried out temporary stabilization work; five support cribs were installed to avoid unpleasant surprises due to the weight of snow and the wind. You can see photos on our Facebook page. All is well this spring, as you can see!

We are waiting for the response from Canadian Heritage before doing more important work or other financing.

Future use of the barn:
The committee is considering broader options for the use of the Round Barn, starting from the concept of an interpretive centre for the history, heritage and landscapes of Potton. Given the space available on the three floors of the building, it would also be possible to hold occasional activities such as shows or family events.

In the meantime, the barn is stable, and we remain confident that the project will be completed in on way or another.