‘This is go­ing to be awe­some’

Con­struc­tion of New Goose Bay Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­sources Cen­tre is un­der­way

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

Oct. 23 marked the beginning of con­struc­tion of the new Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre at CFB Goose Bay.

A ground-break­ing cer­e­mony of­fi­cially marked the beginning of con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity. The event took place in front of the new build­ing lo­cated at build­ing 564 on Rivers Rd. Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Cana­dian Forces, this project re­in­forces the Royal Cana­dian Air Force’s (RCAF) com­mit­ment to the “mis­sion first, peo­ple al­ways” mind­set.

“As the com­man­der of 5 Wing Goose Bay I am ex­cited and proud to be break­ing ground for the new Goose Bay Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre,” said Lieu­tenant Colonel An­dre Wedg­wood, Com­man­der 5 Wing Goose Bay. “Mis­sion first, peo­ple al­ways, is a phi­los­o­phy fol­lowed in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force. With this new fa­cil­ity 5 Wing fam­i­lies will con­tinue to be well taken care of by the ex­cel­lent staff of the GBMFRC in great new sur­round­ings.”

The project will in­clude the

con­struc­tion of an ad­di­tion to the cur­rent build­ing, ren­o­va­tions of the base­ment for stor­age, and ren­o­va­tion of the first floor where a day­care will op­er­ate. On the sec­ond floor will be of­fices and a con­fer­ence room and the fa­cil­ity will in­clude all new win­dows and doors, in­stal­la­tion of a new sprin­kler sys­tem, el­e­va­tor and air han­dling units.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a fenced in area with a play­ground for the day­care and a new park­ing area will also be in­cluded for staff and those at­tend­ing events.

“Our Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre has been in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion for the past 26 years and now we are go­ing to be get­ting a new home!” said Joan Har­vey, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Goose Bay Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre. “This is go­ing to be awe­some for our 5 Wing Com­mu­nity. We will have all our pro­grams and ser­vices in one lo­ca­tion, which will en­able us to en­hance our ser­vices. This will be so much more con­ve­nient for our 5 Wing fam­i­lies.”

PHOTO BY KRISTA BLIZ­ZARD, 5 WING IM­AGERY CELL

Lieu­tenant-Colonel An­drew Wedg­wood, Wing Com­man­der of 5 Wing Goose Bay, Joan Har­vey, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­ter, Yvonne Jones, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Labrador, Perry Trimper, Mem­ber of the House of As­sem­bly, John Hickey, Mayor of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, Kristin Gillis, chair­per­son Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­ter, Wayne King, Ro­tary Club, Dean Clark, Churchill Con­struc­tion, and Mas­ter War­rant Of­fi­cer David McDow­ell, Act­ing Wing Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer com­mem­o­rat­ing the beginning of con­struc­tion of the new GBMFRC fa­cil­ity in late Oc­to­ber.

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