News from Kamloops

December 15, 2014

John Tod Centre Celebrates Grand Opening

Kamloops, BC – After several months of fundraising and construction work, the City of Kamloops, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops and Kamloops Community YMCA/YWCA, is ready to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated John Tod Centre.

The former elementary school is now home to the Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops and Kamloops Community YMCA/YWCA. The Grand Opening, which took place this afternoon, was a celebration of the tremendous efforts of the John Tod Task Force and the generous support of the community. The Task Force exceeded its fundraising goal of $300,000, which was fundamental to the reopening of the centre.

The redesign and major renovation of the former John Tod elementary school made use of $2.67 million garnered through government grants, including $250,100 in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, and funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. Additional funding was provided by the City of Kamloops and contributions from the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA/YWCA. The United Way lent their support and expertise to the fundraising campaign.

“I am proud to see the completed renovations to the John Tod Centre, an important gathering place in Kamloops. Through investments in community infrastructure projects such as this one, our Government is creating jobs and growth across Western Canada” said Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification, and Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo.

Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar says, “We are very pleased to see the former school revitalized and filled with people of all ages. The partnerships formed for this project have been instrumental to bringing this community centre back into the neighbourhood.”

“The Kamloops Community YMCA/YWCA is very grateful for everyone’s support in bringing this public asset back to life, we could not have done this project if it were not for the community building efforts of all partners. We look forward to a long life of service, capacity building and impacting the health of those citizens served at the John Tod Centre,” said Colin Reid, CEO of the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA.

“The Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops is excited to open our new home at the John Tod Centre. We wish to thank the City for their continued support along with several funders who contributed to this amazing vision. We will continue to strive to meet the needs of our entire community with social and recreational programming for children, youth and families. We are especially excited to be sharing the space with community partners and we look forward to years of collaborating to serve the community in the best possible way,” commented Traci Anderson, Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops. 

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Media Contacts:

Colin Reid, Chief Executive Officer
250-372-7725 (x 202)

Traci Anderson, Executive Director
Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
250-554-5437 (x 205)