Newcomers Learn to Swim

 

Chatham-Kent YMCA hosted 16 newcomers from Chatham-Kent’s Immigration Service (Adult Language & Learning Centre) to participate in Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive (S2S) Family Swim program, designed to teach the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Thanks to YMCA swim instructors, the newcomers also learned to roll into deep water, tread water and swim 50 metres with and without lifejackets, a tremendous accomplishment, since most had never been in a pool previously.

Ministry Funds a New Child Care facility in Chatham

The Ministry of Education has approved a $1.8 million investment in the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) to increase licensed child care spaces in Chatham and Wheatley.

The provincial government is providing the LKDSB with $1.6 million to provide 49 child care spaces at Indian Creek Road Public School through its Early Years Capital Program Funding. The Ministry is also funding $264,000 for 10 child care spaces at Wheatley Area Public School.

“This funding will support families by providing additional child care spaces in Chatham and Wheatley,” said Elizabeth Hudie, LKDSB Chair. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with our community partners to support young families and promote community hubs within our schools.”

“We’re thrilled about this funding for an improved child care facility,” said Kathi Lomas McGee, YMCA President & CEO. “It will allow the YMCA to expand our Before-and-After Child Care services at Indian Creek Road Public School to include quality infant, toddler and pre-school care, making it more convenient for families in this community. We’re grateful for the ongoing support and partnership of the LKDSB for our YMCA Child Care programs.”

“This is great news for families in Wheatley and the surrounding area. Local families will benefit from the new licensed infant spaces that are more convenient and closer to home,” said Kelly Emery, Municipality of Chatham-Kent Director of Child Care and Early Years Division. “This investment from the Ministry of Education gives young children a strong start in life and supports families with access to safe, high-quality licensed child care.”

LKDSB Senior Administration will be working with the Ministry to develop a plan for the construction and renovations at the two school sites. The LKDSB will also be meeting with child care providers to discuss future plans for the sites.

YMCA coming to Petrolia

The YMCA’s interest in operating The Centre is aligned with our mission to build healthy communities and consistent with the Town’s strategic priority to grow a Community of Health in Petrolia. The arrangement is similar to those in place for other municipal services including management of the waste water treatment plant, and artistic direction for the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia and ensures that:

  • The Town of Petrolia retains ownership of The Centre, all donor recognition/named features, equipment and assets;
  • The YMCA has engaged current Centre staff team with a first opportunity for application for employment;
  • The YMCA will deliver greater operational efficiency to The Centre and reduce the Town’s annual investment, including an estimated total savings of $517,538 over a five year period;
  • The YMCA will offer an all-inclusive membership experience and ensure that non-member and public access is maintained.
  • The YMCA will implement its Assisted Membership program, providing subsidized access to membership and programs for individuals and families in financial need.

YMCA receives $683,700 Trillium Foundation grant

 

The YMCA Beyond the Bell program is a free after school program for grade school children. By working closely with teachers, the individual challenges of each child are identified, understood and a preventative plan of action is put in place, helping children improve literacy and numeracy skills, build social skills, develop self-confidence and experience new opportunities. The program provides the children with the tools and support they need to help close the achievement gap experience by low-income children, and develop a stronger and more successful future.

The grant will be used over a three-year period to continue the support of three existing YMCA Beyond the Bell sites, and will help program expansion to Walpole Island Elementary School in 2018 and another unconfirmed location in 2019. YMCA Beyond the Bell programs are currently offered at P.E. McGibbon Public School in Sarnia, A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg and St. Agnes School in Chatham.

If interested in donating to this program, please contact YMCA VP-Heather Forbes at heather.forbes@swo.ymca.ca

Ministry Funds a New Childcare Facility in Chatham

The Ministry of Education has approved a $1.8 million investment in the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) to increase licensed child care spaces in Chatham and Wheatley.

The provincial government is providing the LKDSB with $1.6 million to provide 49 child care spaces at Indian Creek Road Public School through its Early Years Capital Program Funding. The Ministry is also funding $264,000 for 10 child care spaces at Wheatley Area Public School.

“This funding will support families by providing additional child care spaces in Chatham and Wheatley,” said Elizabeth Hudie, LKDSB Chair. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with our community partners to support young families and promote community hubs within our schools.”

“We’re thrilled about this funding for an improved child care facility,” said Kathi Lomas McGee, YMCA President & CEO. “It will allow the YMCA to expand our Before-and-After Child Care services at Indian Creek Road Public School to include quality infant, toddler and pre-school care, making it more convenient for families in this community. We’re grateful for the ongoing support and partnership of the LKDSB for our YMCA Child Care programs.”

“This is great news for families in Wheatley and the surrounding area. Local families will benefit from the new licensed infant spaces that are more convenient and closer to home,” said Kelly Emery, Municipality of Chatham-Kent Director of Child Care and Early Years Division. “This investment from the Ministry of Education gives young children a strong start in life and supports families with access to safe, high-quality licensed child care.”

LKDSB Senior Administration will be working with the Ministry to develop a plan for the construction and renovations at the two school sites. The LKDSB will also be meeting with child care providers to discuss future plans for the sites.

Agathe’s YMCA success story, – belonging starts here.

Agathe is from the Congo and arrived in Canada as a sponsored refugee in 2013. YMCA Newcomer & Settlement Services staff enrolled Agathe in English as a Second Language classes to improve her language skills.   She continued to be supported by her sponsors until recently, when she made the decision to become more independent.  She moved into her own place and is now enrolled in the YMCA Skills Link Program, an Employability through Work Experience Project, funded by the Government of Canada.  Since then, she’s learned about finances, obtaining I.D., bus route transportation, paying rent and utilities and is finding her way.  She’s also obtained various workplace certifications to increase her chances of securing permanent employment.  Through the YMCA Skills Link program, she is currently doing a job placement at a YMCA Child Care Centre in Sarnia, and loving it.  Thanks to YMCA newcomer programs and services, staff assistance and her own determination, Agathe’s confidence has increased significantly. A grateful Agathe now says, “Y Settlement staff have been my angels; I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Let’s Talk Food Chatham

The YMCA, in partnership with the Thamesview Family Health Team, is please to offer a FREE nutritional presentation focusing on:

  • Quick, easy and healthy family dinners
  • How to choose healthy options

Chatham-Kent YMCA

101 Courthouse Lane, Chatham 519-360-9622-5:30 to 7:00pm
Tuesday November 28, 2017

NO CHARGE!
REGISTER TODAY!

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Knowledge Cafe

Let’s talk. Social and educational opportunities at your Y.

At our Sarnia branch we’re now offering the Knowledge Café, a social and educational opportunity, designed to provide information to members on a specific topic – every month for one hour.

In our Chatham branch we offer various seminars delivered by local health partners, covering various topics such as diet, chronic pain, mental and physical health and wellness.

Call Membership Services at either branch to find out our next month’s topic!