Winnipeg’s new Punjab Cultural Centre was given a $54,000 grant from the city Saturday.
The centre, which recently completed construction, was given the award at the celebration of its completion. Mayor Sam Katz, who gave the grant from his civic initiative fund, said the centre was important for the city’s new immigrants, as well as those who have lived in the city longer.
"Centres like this one meet the needs of the communities they serve and help to connect people of different cultures," Katz stated in a release.
Amarjeet S. Warraich, co-chairman of the Punjab Cultural Centre and president of Manitoba Sikh Seniors and Cultural Centre, said the centre will be important as a place to promote Punjabi culture. He stated in a release the centre has been in the planning for a long time.
"We’ve been dreaming about this cultural centre for almost 10 years," Warraich said in the release.
The centre is scheduled to open in time for classes in September. It is expected to cost $9.2 million when everything is done.