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Need a break? Boys & Girls Club summer camps are ready to go

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Need a break? Boys & Girls Club summer camps are ready to go

Summer living should be easy, especially for our kids, especially this year.

As Amy Terrill, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL) notes, during a crisis children have “even more need for some sense of normalcy, playtime, physical activity and social contact.”

To meet the needs of kids who’ve been cooped up and isolated for months, the club has just kicked off 10 weeks of summer camp.

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp
Unlike in this file photo, children will be encouraged to maintain social distance as club re-opens. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL) is developing plans to offer licensed childcare and in-person summer camp programs in accordance with the government guidelines.

The club has not confirmed the starting dates for licensed childcare at the Lindsay site (Kids in Motion) or the Little Britain site (Dr. George Hall Child Care). Summer Camps are scheduled to begin on June 29. Both licensed child care and camp programs require public health approvals.

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Boys and Girls Club set to mark 50 years with slate of youth awards

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The Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards are at the centerpiece of the club's 50th year.

This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes and to mark this important occasion, the Club is planning a year of events and activities that will honor the past, build awareness about the present, and build towards the future.

The Club was started by Ron Kennedy who spent a lifetime dedicated to working with disadvantaged and disabled youth. Kennedy’s contributions to our community were extensive, including the formation of Kawartha Youth Incorporated in 1970. While Kennedy sadly passed away in 2000, his sister, Lynda Howe, and her family are supporting the Club’s plans for the anniversary celebration. Keep Reading

Dinner program ensures healthy, affordable meals at Boys and Girls Club

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Boys and Girls Club moves to offer childcare, summer camp
Kids enjoying their dinner at the Boys and Girls Club in Lindsay. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Thursday is a hectic day of the week for Candice Toms, a Lindsay mother of two. That’s why, like so many other parents, she relies on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes’ dinner program to give her a hand.

For only $5 she knows that her daughter, Amelia, will get a fantastic, nutritious dinner that night. Toms works 9 am to 5 pm each day at her business, Everyday Specialties Inc., a promotional product manufacturer in Lindsay. But Amelia has swimming on Thursday nights, so there’s no time to be cooking dinner and then have time to make that swim practice.

“They can’t eat at McDonald’s for that price,” she tells the Advocate. “And at the club it’s a healthy dinner – it’s just fantastic.”

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Amy Terrill named executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes has announced Amy Terrill as executive director, following Scott Robertson’s retirement on Feb 15.

Terrill, a lifelong Kawartha Lakes resident, brings with her 25 years of experience in the private sector and is highly respected for her work in the non-profit sector. She has extensive experience in leadership, communications, government relations and project management. Formulating and executing Strategic Plans has been essential to her success throughout her career.

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Robertson retires after nearly 29 years at helm of Boys and Girls Club

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Scott Robertson is retiring from the Boys and Girls Club. Photo: Erin Smith.

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Scott Robertson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes. As he gets set to retire later this month after nearly 30 years at the helm, we asked him a few questions about the changes he has seen and the kids’ lives he has watched unfold over many years.

Benns: What are some key ways the Club has changed over 30 years in terms of what your organization is all about? How has the core mission evolved?

Robertson: Our mission really hasn’t changed. Today we operate under the Mission and core Values of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Even though we weren’t a Boys and Girls Club in the beginning, the Club was founded on beliefs that were very compatible.

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Lindsay law firm strong supporters of mental health in the workplace

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Jason Ward and Maria Francis of Wards Lawyers.

There are 17 people at Wards Lawyers in Lindsay and those numbers will soon swell to well over 20. It’s a growing staff, in what is already the second largest law firm in central Ontario. With so many people working in one of the top five most stressful occupations, Jason Ward knew they wanted to be leaders when it came to mental health supports in the workplace.

He and Karissa – who is both his wife and his business partner – created a full time position that is part administration but also Mental Health/First Aid Officer, a certified position through the Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

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Independent coffee shop has become vibrant community hub

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Boiling Over is a big supporter of the arts community, with its open mic nights on the third Friday of each month. Photo: Roderick Benns.

On any given day it’s easy to see the City’s business getting done. No, we’re not at City Hall right now in your faithful scribe’s scenario. We are, in fact, at Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault in downtown Lindsay.

Meetings take place between City officials here. Economic Development might stop by for a tête-à-tête. Community groups meet to plan their activities. It’s not all business, of course. There’s socializing and debate, conversations and interviews. It’s a mix of millennials, Generation Z, Generation X, and Boomers. (Well, pretty much all ages.)

I’ve seen teachers lesson planning, students doing homework, and artists talking music.

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Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

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You are driving past a school play yard and you see thirty kids playing on the school field at recess. According to widely-accepted figures, at least six of those kids you see – all sons, daughters, grandkids, cousins, neighbours, members of our community – will suffer or are suffering from some sort of mental health issue, be it anxiety, trauma, a mood disorder, or an emotional, social and behavioural issue.

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Nightly dinner program for youth a vital part of Boys and Girls Club

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Nightly dinner program for youth a vital part of Boys and Girls Club

The only thing better than eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal is eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal with friends, both new and old.

The Warehouse Centre, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes’ Lindsay facility, has many popular programs and one of the most accessed is the nightly dinner program for youth, Grades 7-12.

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