Just before council adjourned for the summer, councilor Frank Garritsen made a notice of motion. On their return in late August council will "direct City Administration to devise a plan which designates the current RCMP building, once vacant, as a community centre, with first priority given to accommodate the Fort SAskatchewan Families First Society".
Heather Boonstra, Executive Director of Families First was watching the council meeting on live stream, and comments on her reaction.
Like the city, their programs, staff and services have grown, and the office is now bursting at the seams. Office space at the current Parent Link center is crowded, and leaves no room to facilitate programs. Although a new space would, Boonstra also recognizes their partnership with the community.
Currently Families First has multiple classes and courses around the community. Many drop-in programs run out of ChIPS (Childrens Indoor Play Space) down at Turner Park. These include Creative with Kids, Tip Sheets Tuesdays and the ABC Grow With Me summer camps.
Registered courses have a variety of homes. Parent Child Mother Goose, which has called many locations over the years home, spent the past year at the Fort Gymnastics Club. While others like Community Kitchens and Young Parents Group are regularily looking for a facility to host their registrants.
Boonstra invited Mix 107.9's Allison Smith on a tour of their current cramped quarters
To find more information about the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Soicety and the programs they offer, visit their office on 99th Ave or their website here