Field of Ability receives $10,000 Cheque

It was with great appreciation that Mayor Mitch Panciuk accepted a $10,000 cheque for Field of Ability at City Hall this morning. The Frank Cowan Company, together with the Cowan Foundation, each contributed $5,000 for a total of $10,000 as part of their Home Town Program initiative. Field of Ability is a project which was launched on behalf of Quinte Challenger Baseball to construct a fully accessible, barrier-free ball diamond in Belleville.

Since the official launch of the Field of Ability campaign in June 2018, the Belleville community has raised well over $700,000 towards building this wonderful new facility. The ground breaking ceremony took place on June 28, 2019 and the Field of Ability will be constructed in full this summer (2019). The site of the field, Parkdale Veterans Park, diamond #2, will undergo extensive redevelopments over the next four months. The end result of the project will feature a newly paved trail through the park, a new covered picnic shelter, a re-paved and extended parking lot, four universal washrooms in the Community Centre, and a barrier-free baseball field with a fully rubberized turf, an extended outfield for multi-sport use, full field fencing, covered dugouts, bleachers, a storage shed, an announcer’s booth, and an electric score board.

Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City of Belleville

“This support received from the Frank Cowan Company is deeply appreciated. The Field of Ability began with a small group of people with a dream of what could be, and through their vision, commitment and determination it has grown and touched the hearts of not only our entire community, but throughout the province. This amazing field will be the only one of its kind between Toronto and Ottawa and upon completion we will be the home of the fifth barrier free field in Ontario. Every child should have the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe environment with no barriers. Thank you to everyone who recognizes this and has contributed to making this dream a reality.”

Larry Ryan, President, Frank Cowan Company

“Frank Cowan Company and the City of Belleville have a longstanding and successful relationship spanning several decades. When we heard that the City was planning to build the Field of Ability, we knew we wanted to help. As an organization that prioritizes health, accessibility and community, Frank Cowan Company is pleased to provide the City of Belleville with a $10,000 donation through our Home Town Program initiative. We applaud the City’s proactive efforts to eliminate physical barriers and provide equal access to recreation for everyone in the community.”

About the Home Town Program

The Frank Cowan Company Home Town Program gives financial support to municipal-related community focused, grassroots initiatives across Canada that help to improve the safety and quality of life in the communities that the Company insures. This program is made possible through the collaboration of Frank Cowan Company business partners and The Cowan Foundation.

About Frank Cowan Company

Frank Cowan Company is a Canadian leader in providing specialized insurance programs, including risk management and claims services for municipalities and public service, healthcare, education, community, children’s and social service organizations across Canada.


Photo caption left to right: Don Carter (Training Officer, Belleville Fire Department), City Councillor Bill Sandison, Suzanne Vincent (McDougall Insurance), Deputy Fire Chief Don Corbett, Sarah Collins (City of Belleville Accessibility Coordinator), Mayor Mitch Panciuk, Rod Bovay (Interim CAO City of Belleville), Larry Ryan (President, Frank Cowan Company), Kelly McKinney (McDougall Insurance), Debra Murphy (Regional Manager, Eastern ON Frank Cowan Company)

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