Child development centre boost

A Child Development Centre, serving the Elk Valley, is planned for Cranbrook and just received a $100,000 boost.

  • Mar. 28, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Top left moving clockwise: East Kootenay Region Children First volunteer Gayle Brown

A Child Development Centre, serving the Elk Valley, is planned for Cranbrook and just received a $100,000 boost.

Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C. in Cranbrook has received $100,000 from the B.C. Liberal Government to help further develop the Kootenay Child Development Centre.

The East Kootenays is one of the few regions without a Child Development Centre (CDC) and would be a valuable resource to families and children, all under one roof.

The centre will offer pediatricians and other professionals, as well as various behaviour and development programs.

“This project will benefit children and their families all across our region,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

“I am proud of the amazing work done by Gwen, Patricia, Gayle and their band of enthusiastic volunteers. I urge citizens of the region to come out Thursday night and, if you can, make a donation to this exceptional community asset. We are so close now to the $1.1 million needed to finish the project. Please do whatever you are able to do to help get this project over the top and completed.”

“The East Kootenay has a strong history of giving, ensuring that its families have the best care possible, and all of the donations we have received to date are truly inspiring,” said East Kootenay Region Children First Manager, Patricia Whalen.

“The work the Kootenay Child Development Centre fundraising committee has done over the past two years has been nothing short of amazing. The funding from the BC Liberal Government will go a very long way in helping us achieve our mission to provide a child development centre that will benefit children by offering coordinated services, a coordinated team approach, less fragmentation, and a more efficient referral system.”

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