Full dis­clo­sure

Community Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor speaks on di­ver­sity of pro­grams avail­able

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY FRANK GALE fgale@thewest­ern­star.com Twitter: @WS_FrankGale

Ro­tar­i­ans looked on in­tently as Ber­nice Han­cock, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with the Community Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work, spoke of the pas­sion she has for her job.

It seemed ob­vi­ous most Ro­tar­i­ans knew some­thing of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, that is now in its 26th year, but were also per­haps sur­prised at some of the in­for­ma­tion of­fered on Wed­nes­day.

Han­cock not only spoke of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s roots as the Port au Port Community Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work, aimed at re­duc­ing the school dropout rate on the Port au Port Penin­sula (50 per cent at the time), but also the many part­ners the net­work now has.

She said their ser­vices ba­si­cally run from “womb to tomb” and high­lighted the di­ver­sity of pro­grams, and how well they still all work to­gether. Through the Net­work and its as­so­ciates, in any given year, they take in any­where from $1.5 to $2 mil­lion and em­ploy 25 to 30 in­di­vid­u­als.

Han­cock also used a por­tion of her ad­dress to talk about the tran­si­tional and sup­port­ive hous­ing for youth in south­west­ern New­found­land, which will be lo­cated in the for­mer Youth As­sess­ment Cen­tre Stephenville.

This ini­tia­tive was orig­i­nally an­nounced in May of this year and will pro­vide seven pri­vate bed sit­ting rooms with pri­vate wash­rooms. Six will be up­stairs and a wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble one will be in the down­stairs area of the fa­cil­ity.

Han­cock said an en­gi­neer has been con­tracted to de­sign and pre­pare new blueprints and a ten­der­ing pack­age for the Community Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work. Fol­low­ing that, there have to be approvals form New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, Ser­vices NL and the Town of Stephenville.

An open­ing of the sup­port­ive hous­ing for youth is hoped to take place some­time be­tween April and June of 2018. in

FRANK GALE/THE WESTERN STAR

Ber­nice Han­cock, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with the Community Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work, is seen ad­dress­ing mem­bers of the Stephenville Ro­tary Club at Days Inn on Wed­nes­day.

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