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June 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Chairman of the board for the Lloydminster Interval Home, Kristy Maizga, and predisent of the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, Les Hanson, announce the amalgamation of both organizations at the Interval Home annual general meeting on Thursday.

The Lloydminster Interval Home announced it will be joining forces with the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC), a move that chairman of the board for the Interval Home, Kristy Maizga, described as trailblazing for the Lloydminster community.
“For us it means that we get to broaden our programming and start bringing in youth programming, we’re already doing the demographic of women and children, so it’s just broadening that demographic,” said Maizga at the Interval Home annual general meeting on Thursday.
“We’re also bringing in their expertise from dealing with the youth and all of their programming and we’re bringing on a couple board members that’ll help strengthen our board to work with the
governance of the whole organization.”
The Interval Home was approached by LCYC with the idea, and though Miazga said it’s not uncommon for non-profit organizations to amalgamate, the move may be a first in the Border City.
By combining forces both organizations will benefit in terms of receiving better grant funding from all levels of government, where before the two sometimes had to compete for certain funds.
Miazga said when the Interval Home was approached with the idea, none of the board members could see a reason not to join up, and thus readily agreed.
“It was brought up in the fall of 2015, so we’ve been going on for about three quarters of a year, just working through the process,” she said,
“As we’ve said, we’re trailblazing, this is just a new opportunity; none of us have amalgamated before, so we’re taking a few curves here and there to figure out our way through the entire process, but all in all, it’s come together really smoothly and we expect a great transition.”
The goal is to have the formal amalgamation done by early fall, with both organizations beginning to work as one throughout the rest of the summer. Some of the LCYC board members have already jumped on board and the Interval Home board structure has already been reformed, but getting through the rest of the legality will still take a few months.
Being that it already works with women and young children, Miazga said helping youth was the missing piece of the puzzle for the Interval Home.
“We’re dealing with the children already with the women who are coming into the shelter, the families that they’re bringing with them, this piece of it, being able to expand to the youth and being able to bring that programming in is really just an extension of the programming that we already do for our clients,” she said.
Les Hanson, chairman of the board and president of the LCYC, agreed that the two organizations fit together well, saying that when children involved with the Interval Home hit their teenage years, they often had nowhere to go.
Now with LCYC’s involvement, children will have help right up to their adult years.
“They (Interval Home) deal with kids and then when they get in their vulnerable teenage years, no one has a spot for them and that’s where we fit the need,” said Hanson.
“So it’s all about building solid relationships and solid structure so everybody has a place that’s safe and reliable to go to, and that comes from everything from building a better community to build better people and it breaks the cycle of violence—it’s on every level so it’s really cool.”

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