LCYC getting closer to new digs


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April 12, 2016 12:00 AM

Lloydminster Community Youth Centre board chairman, Les Hanson, stands in front of the centre's new location at the old RCMP building on 47 Ave. Renovations are expected to begin in May and take about eight weeks to complete.

The Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC) is nearing its move to a bigger and better facility after board members received a sizable donation from a local company and grant notice from the Alberta Lottery Fund.
Winmar Property Restoration Specialists donated $50,000 to LCYC last week after being hired to clean up the interior of the new facility, and along with the new grant money, there could be funds left over for the facility’s general operations.
“They did a great job in coming in and cleaning up the facility for us and then gave us a donation — so that really helps a whole lot,” said Les Hanson, board chairman for LCYC, of Winmar’s generosity.
Winmar went to the board members with some solid terms on the clean-up because it wanted to support LCYC, Hanson said, and when all the work was done the company surprised them with the donation.
This contribution, coupled with the grant approval from the Alberta Lottery Fund that will go toward the final phase of renovations, should at least give LCYC the capital needed to complete the work on the facility, which is in the old RCMP building on 47 Avenue.
Hanson said hopes are to begin renovations as early as May.
“So that’s where we’re at; our big concern now will be just ongoing sustainability with donations like this that we can put into our general operating account,” he said, adding upkeep will cost more than that of the centre’s current lodgings.
“The new facility is obviously going to cost us a bit more on a monthly basis.”
The Alberta Lottery Fund grant is a matching grant of $125,000, which Hanson said should be more than adequate to finish the project.
Now that Winmar has gone and done the cleaning, the facility is basically ready for paint and polish, said Hanson, and other tasks like retrofitting doors and rooms and putting in a backyard area with some fire pits and fencing.
In total he said estimates are about eight weeks of work after the board lines up the needed contractors like electricians and painters to get everything in place.
Hanson said people are getting excited as completion nears, and though they’ve had great support from St. John’s Anglican Church where they’ve run out of for the past number of years, it’s time for LCYC to move on.
“We’re finally going to get enough space so the kids aren’t clamouring over top of each other, and what that means is we can facilitate more youths,” Hanson said.
“We can do more programming onsite, so as far as recreational programs, we have more room to do backyard type activities, whether it’s a slip-and-slide or a campfire night.”
With the new facility the youth centre can also hold onsite pool tournaments and will have a rooms fitted specifically for activities like homework and music.
There are also plans for a fully functioning kitchen and dining hall, which besides use for feeding the kids, will also be used to teach them basic life skills like food preparation and cooking. 
“So it’s huge. We expect more youths once the facility is up and running just because they know they can come and there will be room for them.”

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