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 spin off for the region, Mingo said.
The gaming centre is to be set up inside the 28,000 sq.-ft. 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.
Lloyd Johnson, chairman of the Millbrook Community Gaming Society, said the intent of the centre is to also work with other charitable organizations, such as John’s Bingo Hall, to co-ordinate fundraising events.
And Mingo said the intent is not to take away from the efforts of John’s Bingo Hall in Truro.
“We’re going to take it slow at first,” she said. “Hopefully people will attend both,” she said.
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,” she said. “With the wide range of things to see and do in central Nova Scotia the economic spin off 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.