The Ryde Community Co-op was toasty warm for a unique presentation today.

A side view of the energy efficient windows installed at the Ryde Co-op in Gravenhurst. (Doug Crosse Photo)

The Community centre is a converted schoolhouse and has received a $32,000 grant for new energy efficient windows.

On hand to congratulate the members of the Co-op and users of the building was Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller and the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Member Patricia Arney.

“We are so grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this generous grant,” says Judy Campbell, president of the Ryde Co-op. “As an entirely volunteer-run organization, we must fundraise for improvements to this former two-room school.”

Miller says it is one of the nice parts of his job to see government funds used for useful projects in the community he serves.

“The good part of my job is to get to be a part of an activity like this and the announcement of the funding,” he says.  “This is one that is money well spent. You look at all the services and the different things that go on here.

“The health hub makes a trip here, there is just a huge variety of interest.”

The Co-op has undergone a lot of changes with the roof currently being redone, and the new windows recently being installed, a large percentage of it through donations, grants and other forms of public funding.

The Co-op offers a variety of programming for a wide range of users. From an EarlyON pre-school, free exercise classes for seniors, Tai Chi, card clubs and more.

The conversion of the windows is already making a difference to the operating costs and comfort in the building says, Campbell.