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"We have no idea if there is going to be a (car) show this year."
- Paula Brazzoni  


Municipal Council approved a request from the Crowsnest Pass Museum for $18,000 in funding at the regular Council meeting held on January 24th.
Mayor Bruce Decoux noted that Council would not normally provide such funding, however the museum’s current financial situation prompted Council to provide funding on a one-time basis.
“We don’t normally do this under any circumstance,” said Mayor Decoux.
“This funding will be provided on a one-time only basis, due to exceptional circumstances.”
Councillor Andrew Saje made a motion to provide the funding the museum, which was carried unanimously.
According to Director of Finance and Systems Marion Vanoni, the funding will be administered on a monthly basis.
Crowsnest Museum Executive Director Chris Matthews said the funds have been written into an application for a matching grant from the province’s Community Initiatives Program, which will be used to pay staff.
“This grant will potentially pay for staffing for two years,” said Matthews, adding that the museum is currently waiting to hear back on the status of the application.
The museum announced last November that it was facing financial hardship, with the majority of incoming funds being put toward operations, projects and staffing – the cost of which ranges from $6,000 to $10,000 per month.

Matthews noted that a lot of support has come in over the past couple months, with funds being received from fees from the museum’s membership drive, as well as donations.
“The community support was great throughout the Christmas season and it’s bought us some more time but we’re not out of the woods yet,” he said, adding that staff are currently working on applications for additional grants.
“We need to get lucky on a few more grants in order to be in a good financial position.”
Matthews said the museum is in a good financial position for the next month or so and that they are hoping for added support come the time of the Annual General Meeting on March 11th at the Polish Hall in Coleman.
As well as members, the museum is looking for those interested in serving on the 2012 Crowsnest Historical Society Board of Directors.
“We ask that anyone interested put their name forward prior to the AGM so we can prepare ballots,” said Matthews.
To receive further information, contact the Crowsnest Museum at 403-563-5435 or visit
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