Reach Child and Youth Development Society announced the name of its new children’s centre at the Oct. 17 meeting of Delta municipal council.
The Lois Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children was named to reflect the Corporation of Delta’s significant commitment of $1 million in cash together with a similar value in kind to the Building for Children Together initiative.
Reach Executive Director Renie D’Aquila stated that, “Mayor Jackson and the Corporation of Delta’s support has been the backbone of our project, without which we would not be here today. Our municipality’s commitment to children is truly second to none.”
The building’s name also recognizes the pivotal role played by of the Kinsmen Club of Ladner Tsawwassen, who graciously gave up the building they constructed years ago in favour of a new centre for children with special needs.
Families will have access to the new 20,000 square foot community-based child development centre as early as fall 2017. The increased capacity and accessibility of this new centre will allow Reach to double the number of children and families supported each year.
The Lois Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children will be located next to the Ladner Pioneer Library on the site of the old Kin House, in close proximity to transportation.