HALIBURTON, ONT. — The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has announced the purchase of the historic Frost Centre property in Haliburton, Ont. which will now serve as a training site for members of the union and their families.
According to OPSEU, the purchase price of $3.2 million was approved recently by the union’s executive board.
Located on the shores of St. Nora Lake in Haliburton County, the Frost Centre used to be a world-renowned location for forest fire training but was recently unused as the Ontario government decided to close its doors permanently, a release indicates.
“We’ve got a huge opportunity but also a real duty here,” said OPSEU first vice-president and treasurer Eduardo Almeida, in a statement. “A duty to preserve the property’s integrity, respect the environment and be good to neighbours working closely with the rural community in Haliburton County.
“We look forward to joining with our community partners to reinvigorate the Frost Centre,” Almeida added. “We know the centre’s impressive history and its true value, and we’re committed to breathing new life and purpose into this property, to serve our members and the broader community at large.”