KAWARTHA LAKES: The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes are about to get a much-needed boost of funding from the Ontario Government.
Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, announced on Monday, Aug. 8th, that the Government of Ontario will be investing $1.6 million to ensure all Boys and Girls Club facilities are in a state of repair and to support the Club’s role in the community. The funding will combine the Chimo Youth and Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club, into one building.
The investment will also help the Club make the necessary renovations and upgrades to the Youth Centre, including: the construction of a new parking lot, upgrades to the current parking lot, a new ventilation system in the kitchen, upgrades to the day care, and the construction of a new Section 23 classroom.
MPP, Jeff Leal, made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau. “This project is really about bringing services together and making it easier for The Boys and Girls Clubs and Chimo Youth and Family Services to offer services that are integrated and co-ordinated, ultimately providing the children, youth and families of Kawartha Lakes convenient access to programs and services they need in order to reach their full potential,” said Minister Michael Coteau, in a statement released by the Government of Ontario.
Speaking to The Standard, Scott Robertson, Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, talked about what the integration of Chimo and the Boys and Girls Club means. “This new partnership is going to really help us refer youth back and forth between programs and the whole synergy of having the organizations under one roof is really going to be a great benefit to local families.” Children will be able to benefit from services from both programs, all under one roof.
According to a press release, the funding is part of Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal Program, which “helps children's treatment centres, children's aid societies and youth centres across Ontario, to repair and maintain their facilities and offer more secure and accessible services.” The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes supports over 9,000 youth a year.