Spotlight on... New Home For Central Saanich Club

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Central Saanich Club - Project update!

As reported in the last e-newsletter in July, we are planning a brand new facility to house our Central Saanich Club in Brentwood Bay. A site has been identified within the Central Saanich Cultural Centre property and next steps include a by-law to allow us to build on it. The first and second reading were successfully passed earlier this month and the public hearing will happen in November.

The new facility will be approximately 1,363 square feet with office space, a kitchen, washrooms, a computer zone and open space for a lounge and foosball and pool tables. We are very excited about our new forever home and can hardly wait to get those shovels in the ground!

Of course one of the tasks at hand is to undertake a fundraising campaign seeking cash and in-kind gifts to help us with the project. We are putting a small committee together to do that and are pleased to report that Peter Baillie has agreed to chair this committee. Other members include Cheryl d’Estrubé, President of our Foundation Board, Michael O’Brien, Mike Fox and Bob Harman, also members of our Foundation Board. We are delighted to also welcome Mark and Danielle Marley to our team. The Marleys are long time residents of Central Saanich and with their experience in construction and knowledge of the community they will be valuable contributors in helping us realize our dreams. Thank you to all of these wonderful people for believing in Boys & Girls Clubs!

While there is still much to do, we are still hopeful of having a grand opening before summer 2014. If you would like more information about our plans or would like to help by contributing to our building fund, please contact Kate Mansell at 250.384.9133 local 115 or email her at kmansell@bgcvic.org.

Central Saanich Club - A New Forever Home

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria began programming in the Central Saanich municipality in 1978 at the request of the local council. We were ‘housed’ in various locations – schools, Brentwood Hall and the old municipal fire hall which Council provided some financial support to help cover the purchase of major equipment. Eventually the commercial property on which the firehall resided was put up for sale and we found a temporary home with the help of the municipality in a nearby house on Mt. Newton Crossroads. Even with substantial renovations these quarters ultimately proved unsatisfactory – they were just too small and “cut up”. Subsequently, proposals were written and new partnerships sought resulting in the purchase of a triple-wide trailer unit that was eventually situated on the property of the Brentwood Bay United Church in 1994. This cooperative venture continues to this day.

As part of our 2010 to 2015 strategic plan, the ‘renewal’ of the Central Saanich Club was scheduled for 2015, however, in the late fall of 2012 our facilities coordi¬nator discovered some pretty severe issues at the Central Saanich Club. After removing existing fixtures and flooring from the boy’s washroom in preparation to repair these problems, he found considerable dry and wet rot in the floor joists, floor headers, and wall studs and sheeting. Further inspection indicated the rot extended the majority of the length of the structure on the north side. It was determined that costs to remove and repair damaged structures would be significant and of questionable value to the continued operation and maintenance of the aging facility. To ensure safety, we opted to close the boy’s washroom and are now using only one washroom. As we seldom have more than 20 youth in attendance at any one time this is manageable in the short term.

Staff began research on the best options to replace the building and decided, with the advice and approval of our Board Facilities Committee, that a modular structure would be the most appropriate as the land was owned by the Church. We contacted Church officials in January to advise them that we were looking at replacing the building and were seeking their approval to stay on their property. They advised us that the congregation of the Brentwood Bay United Church had approved a motion to re-vision the future of the church and have subsequently made the decision to redevelop the property. We have signed a memorandum of understanding with them that we can stay on their property until they receive approval for the redevelopment plans.

But as we had some concerns about the length of time we may have on the Church property, we concurrently researched other options with regards to location of the building. It was our goal to find a forever home for our programs and services in Central Saanich, and in particular in the Brentwood Bay village. Youth need consistent and positive support in a safe environment that they can always depend upon being there - having a permanent home would allow us to provide that consistency for many youth who simply do not always have that in their home. With that in mind we met with Councillor Carl Jensen, our District of Central Saanich liaison, to see if he was aware of any potential properties in the district core that would be suitable.

We were invited to make a presentation to the Community, Protective Services and Facilities Committee of Council. After the presentation, the Mayor, Alistair Bryson, made a motion to direct district staff to investigate potential sites and this was passed unanimously. Ultimately, there were four sites that were identified by district staff. One was preferred by Council and it was approved, again unanimously, to go ahead with further planning around building on the site that currently houses the library, senior’s centre and cultural centre.

The existing facility is essentially 3 trailers (two 12x40 and one 10x40) totaling 1360 SF that have been complexed. We will replace it with a similar sized building. Below are pictures from Number Ten Architectural Group as to the proposed building. Please note these are preliminary plans.

We have much more work to do before finalizing the plans and getting construction underway. We are hopeful, however, of having a grand opening celebration in May 2014! If you would like more information about our plans or would like to help by contributing to our building fund, please contact Kate Mansell at 250.384.9133 local 115 or email her at kmansell@bgcvic.org.

What we do....just the numbers

From running only 4 programs in 2009 and serving 39 youth, we now offer 12 programs and serve 185 with a large percentage of these being aboriginal youth from Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsawout Bands.

1. Youth Drop In
2. Keystone Leadership
3. Eat Around The World
4. Girls Only
5. Boys Only
6. Numeracy/Literacy – lunch time (in two locations)
7. Numeracy/Literacy – after-school (in two locations)
8. Adventure - lunch time
9. Adventure - after-school
10. Bayside Teen Lounge
11. Warrior Girls
12. Game Tech

Partners – from only 3 partnerships in 2009 we now work with 7
1. Central Saanich Municipality
2. Bayside Middle School
3. Panorama Recreation
4. Brentwood Bay Elementary School
5. Sidney Elementary School
6. WestJet
7. First Nations Youth Committee

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