Mark and Rosemary have managed to bring to Bird Island what it must feel like to be in their own living room as they gaze off into nostalgia sharing stories about their over 50 years of marriage. My first experience at the Cultural Centre redefined how I see and feel about community work and volunteerism. Between Mark’s spot-on impression of Tim Conway’s “Oldest Man” shuffle and Rosemary’s retelling of their adventures in Motown you’ll find the couple a fantastic value-added part to the hearth they have created at the Cultural Centre. I feel just like family whenever I walk in the doors and the ever-changing, but welcoming environment continues to nurture comradery and compassion as we work to better the communities in Renville County. What a treasure! The Cultural Centre is one of the most welcoming, hospitable, and generous places I have been to in quite a while.
Joe Maffit | PACT for Families Evaluator
Every time I leave I walk away feeling energized.
Andrew Peltz | Restorative Justice Coordinator
I have more experience with Rosemary personally as a manager/facilitator of the space than with the Cultural Centre itself as a physical space. However, in my brief encounter at the Cultural Centre, I can say I was amazed at the energy that exists there, despite the possible assumption that small towns are dying and boring. I was excited that this was a place I felt welcome in and a place where I can learn. I wish my community had something like this!
Rebecca Chelene | SNAP-Ed Educator
The Cultural Centre truly lives out its mission of integrated community wellness. Regardless of your background, what you bring to the Centre is welcomed with wide arms and always appreciated with deep authenticity. Color, music, laughter, movement and food all help to engage people in a space where we all belong!