Boys and Girls Clubs re­ceive fi­nan­cial boost

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Community News - BY SUE HICKEY

Ear­lier this month, the prov­ince’s Boys and Girls Clubs re­ceived an early Christ­mas present, thanks to the govern­ment: $277,800 in core op­er­a­tional fund­ing to sup­port on­go­ing work.

In the Ex­ploits re­gion, the Bot­wood Boys and Girls Club and the James Hor­nell Boys and Girls Club in Buchans have no short­age of plans and pro­grams ear­marked to spend their wind­falls on.

Bot­wood is re­ceiv­ing $10,000; the Buchans club gets $41,600.

Three of the clubs, in­clud­ing Buchans, Nor­ris Arm (it re­ceived $17,000) and the Wa­bana and Boys and Girls Clubs were funded for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Rec­og­niz­ing and Nur­tur­ing Tal­ent (RANT) pro­gram.

“ What we’re do­ing will en­able us to hire an ex­tra staff per­son,” said Gary Nof­tle, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the club in Buchans. “ Then we can in­crease our pro­gram­ming at the club, both in the lines of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, arts and crafts and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams. We’re also ex­pand­ing our pro­grams for girls at the club.”

He added the fund­ing will help the club look at long-term plan­ning.

Mr. Nof­tle also com­pli­mented Su­san Sul­li­van, MHA for Grand Fall­sWind­sor-Buchans and the Min­is­ter for Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment, for mak­ing the grants pos­si­ble.

Colleen Hayter, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Bot­wood Boys and Girls Club, says the fund­ing will be used to help sup­port the fa­cil­ity’s pro­grams.

“Un­like many of the other clubs in Canada, the Boys and Girls Club of Bot­wood does not charge a mem­ber­ship fee,” she said. “As such, these monies will be used to sup­port many of the Club’s ex­ist­ing af­ter school and evening pro­grams. Sup­plies, hu­man re­source sup­ports, and other op­er­a­tional costs will ab­sorb the core fund­ing.”

She said the grant will also help sup­port the af­ter school and evening pro­grams like Drama, Girls De­cide!, Home­work Haven, Pool League and spe­cial week­end events.

“By sup­port­ing such pro­grams the pro­vin­cial govern­ment will con­trib­ute to the en­hance­ment of our youths’ per­sonal devel­op­ment, so­cial and lead­er­ship skills,” she said.

Ms. Hayter said the pro­vin­cial govern­ment ap­pre­ci­ates the valu­able work per­formed by the Boys and Girls Club staff and vol­un­teers.

“ They un­der­stand monies are re­quired to pro­duce and im­ple­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for our youth. the govern­ment has clearly demon­strated their de­sire and in­ter­est to in­vest in to­day’s youth, which will ul­ti­mately be to­mor­row’s lead­ers.”

As part of the many ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered by the Bot­wood Boys and Girls Club, spe­cial guests some­times ar­rived to liven up the day. This lion spent time out­doors with a group of young pa­trons, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the weather.

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