Grand Opening Today for new Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre

John Crawford

After years of planning, fundraising and then renovating -- the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre holds its regional grand opening ceremony Thursday afternoon in Smithers.


The CDC moved into its new consolidated headquarters on Columbia Drive three years ago -- and has been raising money through its Project Pinwheel program in order to renovate the former church building into a more useable space.

Executive Director Kerri Bassett says several fundraising events, including Bell Media's Radiothon, were held over the past three years -- and together with contributions from the federal and BC governments, the town of Smithers, the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District and local businesses, they exceeded their goal of raising just under one million dollars. 

"And it wasn't just one individual that made this come together, it was many individuals, many sponsors, many companies and grant application opportunities -- there was everything from coin boxes to McHappy Days to our Festival of Trees fundraiser --- so definitely we've worked very hard over the last two-to-three years to really make the drive happen for us -- and I think that the children and families really supported and really inspired us to make this happen -- so together we made a big difference to the region," she said.


Thursday's ceremony gets underway at 2pm this afternoon (time corrected from earlier story) -- and will involve CDC staff from Vanderhoof to the Hazeltons, as well as municipal representatives from those communities and Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson, as well as the donors who contributed to the project.

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