Initiative expected to create new job opportunities
Lloyd Johnson and Joyce Mingo are excited about bringing a new gaming centre to the former Convergys building in the Truro Power Centre. HARRY SULLIVAN - TRURO DAILY NEWS
MILLBROOK - A new gaming centre, intended to become "the premier choice" for bingo players in Nova Scotia, is getting set to open in the former Convergys calling centre.
"Very excited about it," said Joyce Mingo, executive director of the Central Nova Tourist Association and the Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaw Museum in the Truro Power Centre.
The new state-of-the-art gaming centre is being established by the Millbrook Community Bingo Society, a not-for profit organization, and is slated to open between mid-October to early November.
The initiative is expected to initially create between 12 and 15 new job opportunities for Millbrook and surrounding communities while also creating an economic spinoff for the region, Mingo said.
The gaming centre will be set up inside the 28,000 square foot building and will start with a conservative schedule by offering nightly bingo sessions on Wednesdays to Fridays and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
"It will be a great facility to hold the events," she said, of the centre's capacity to seat up to 1,500 or 2,000 people during super bingo sessions.
Lloyd Johnson, chairman of the Millbrook Community Gaming Society, said the intent of the centre is to also work with other charitable organizations to co-ordinate fundraising events, which is why the bingo centre will be holding Saturday and Sunday matinees, in order to not compete with other nighttime bingos.
Some of the proceeds will also be directed to local community groups.
"We don't want to be seen as a negative going head to head with the charities in existence. We want to co-exist," he said. "Maybe bring the critical mass to Truro and they will stay for the evening sessions."
"We're going to take it slow at first," Mingo added. "Hopefully people will attend both."
The ultimate plan is to introduce new visitors to the area by arranging bus tours to the gaming centre.
"It's certainly going to bring new people to our region," Mingo said. "With the wide range of things to see and do in central Nova Scotia the economic spinoff of the gaming centre will benefit the entire region."
The initial intent is for the centre to only deal with bingo while exploring other gaming possibilities in the future. There is no intent, however, to include any VLTs, Mingo said.
Potential employees who are customer-service oriented are encouraged to apply for a variety of positions including bingo manager, bingo supervisor, bingo paymaster, bingo callers and floor clerks.
Qualified applicants of Mi'kmaq descent should indicate their status on their cover letter, Mingo said.
The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15.