Community raises $500,000 so far for new Coboconk Wellness Centre

Contest to name the wellness centre kicks off

By Roderick Benns

A southern view of the proposed wellness centre.

The fundraising goal of $1 million set for the building of the Coboconk Wellness Centre reached an important milestone, with half the money raised so far. An event at the Coboconk Train Station celebrated the $500,000 milestone, with local dignitaries in attendance.

The wellness centre community contest was also officially launched, an activity that the whole of Kawartha Lakes can get involved in.

“We are thrilled beyond words that a local family has come forward with an incredible gift of $250,000 to help bring the Wellness Centre one step closer to reality. With this generous donation we have now raised more than $500,000…halfway to our goal of $1 million,” said chairperson Ian Forster.

“The donors were offered the opportunity to name the building but they truly believe in the community spirit of this project, and their wish is that the local residents have a say in the naming of this important community hub.  So today, to honour the donor’s wishes,” the contest is moving forward, said Forster.  The contest will run until Labour Day and all entries will be received by the local Coboconk and Norland Chamber of Commerce.”

Forster was joined by Councillor Emmett Yeo who welcomed partners, donors, and volunteers to the event, congratulating them on their hard work so far. In addition, MP Jamie Schmale spoke of the need for the new wellness centre, and expressed admiration that the pandemic has not slowed down these communities in their pursuit of it. MPP Laurie Scott was unable to attend but expressed her support which was read by Yeo. Mayor Andy Letham congratulated the volunteers, re-iterated the municipality’s support of the project, and expressed the need for more support from the federal and provincial governments. 

The new centre will be a hub for community health and community space for the under-served northern areas of Kawartha Lakes.  By renovating and expanding the historic train station building in Coboconk, the centre will offer more doctors and after-hours care, along with dental, physio, and many more services, while preserving an important piece of the area’s history.

“Name the Wellness Centre Summer Contest” details are available at or by email to .

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