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Boys and Girls Club opens $3.2 Million dollar expansion

KAWARTHA LAKES-17 year old Sean Burnett has been going to the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes since he was in grade five, now he works there part time. “The Boys and Girls Club is a wonderful place to learn alot, they have so many activities,” Burnett told the audience. “I’m so thankful to be here and doing all this, I can’t get enough of it and hope to be here alot longer.”

Burnett is one of about 700 local kids who benefit from the Boys and Girls Club who announced the completion of a 3.2 million dollar expansion today. The Provincial government kicked in 1.6 million dollars. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was on hand, filling in for the Minister of Children and Youth Services. “Supporting children, youth and families in Kawartha Lakes has always been important for our government. We provided $1.6 million in funding to renovate space at 107 Lindsay St S. in Lindsay to centralize services. Having these two organizations located under one roof will allow both agencies to share services and improve their long term sustainability.”

The renovated facility will house the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes and Chimo Youth and Family Services – under one roof, creating an innovative and safe environment where children and youth with mental health needs can thrive. “The co-location of our agencies improves access to services for children and youth and builds on a long-standing synergy that our agencies have developed. We can now better meet the mental health needs of children and youth in Kawartha Lakes.” said Dave Blackburn, President, Executive and Governance Committee Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes. Doug Murphy, President, Chimo Board of Directors says “Relocating Chimo to the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes will add another dimension of service to the hub’s operation while providing Chimo with adequate, professional space and lowering our operating costs.”

The Boys and Girls Club was established in 1970 to provide summer camps, before and after school bprograms, licensed child care, child, youth and family supports, infant development, sports and recreation and adventure programs in ten local communities.

The project has allowed the Boys and Girls Club to add a new Beach Volleyball and outdoor basketball court, two news classrooms to house an education program offered by Chimo and the local shcool board and complete a new 6,500 square foot Youth Centre. The Yough Centre features a tech area, games area, full service kitches and a recording studio.


Greg Walling was tasked with heading up the community portion of the fundraising. “This is a world class facility in the City of Kawartha Lakes, it is one of the largest Boys and Girls Clubs in Canada.” Walling told the corwd. “This would not happen today without the tremendous support of the community.”

Mayor Letham commented on the tremendous work the group has done for the community over the eyars. “Today we are here togther to celebrate a milestone that will continue to improve the lives of our youngest citiznes for many years to come,” Letham said. “There’s no better investment in our community than investing in our children.”

Bringing the two agencies together at the Boys and Girls Club will give families more opportunities to consult, coordinate between services and access a wide variety of supports to help address their individual needs. This centralization of services will help develop well-informed, responsive treatment and case management plans for children and youth according to the Province.

 

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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