Central Saanich Boys and Girls Club reopens

Leaving behind a decrepit building in Brentwood Bay, the Victoria Boys and Girls Club now has a brand new facility.

  • Jan. 9, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club director of development Kate Mansell

Leaving behind a decrepit building in Brentwood Bay, the Victoria Boys and Girls Club now has a brand new facility in the Central Saanich Cultural Centre, and the move was long overdue.

“It just wasn’t cost effective to pour money into a building that was literally falling apart,” said Kate Mansell, director of development and communications.

The building was well “past its prime,” she added.

Plans to move began more than two years ago, after extensive damage and rot was discovered in the old building, said Mansell.

The new facility boasts a more open and inclusive design, substantially larger windows and an overall “homier feel,” according to Talia Ingram, a supervisor at the club for the last five years.

“We really try to give the kids ownership and make it like their home, and this is just so much better for them,” she said.

“Because it’s purpose-built and it’s laid out better, it’s just going to be much better overall for programming needs,” added Mansell. “We’ll be able to offer specific programming to help kids stay in school and go on to university.”

The club will continue to offer all their regular programming in the new facility, she said, including after school care, support for parents and programs for at-risk youth.

Starting out of the new facility, the club will also offer the Rogers Raising the Grade program, offering youth the chance to receive help with homework on a daily basis, meet new people and explore options for their future.

Though the District of Central Saanich provided the property at the nominal fee of $1 per year for 25 years, the club still had to raise the funds to actually build the facility. The project ended up coming in at around $300,000, said Mansell, with a third of that in donated time and materials from local businesses and contractors. The Club, overall, has received a tremendous amount of support.

“I want to make specific mention of Mark and Danielle Marley of Mahoe Properties,” she added. “They were the backbone of our fundraising group.”

To celebrate the accomplishment, a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 “to recognize all those businesses and foundations and individuals who contributed to making this a dream come true for us,” said Mansell.

“It’s been a long journey but it’s been worth it.”

The ceremony runs from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information on the club or to request an invitation to the event, call 250-384-9133 ext. 115.

Just Posted

New condo plans for old Sidney fire hall site

A six-storey, mixed-used development with 85 units and ground-floor retail could replace… Continue reading

Saanich Peninsula Alert launches today

Existing subscribers already moved to new system

Local cadets gain acceptance to RMC

Military careers one step closer

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

Amalgamation fails in North Cowichan and Duncan

North Cowichan says yes, but Duncan says no

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

Most Read