When Scarborough-Kennedy CHU 21 Tenant Representative Margaret Blair-Grant made her presentation at the
2005 Allocation of Capital Funds Day*, she never thought the committee would grant her $300,000 request to refurbish the Gordonridge Community Centre. But they did. Now, nearly a year and a half later, the Centre has just celebrated its grand re-opening.
On November 24, youth, parents and Toronto Community Housing staff gathered to tour the renovated facility and get a taste of what it has to offer. In addition to fresh coats of paint, the Gordonridge Community Centre now boasts, among other things, a new basketball court, computers equipped with Internet access, a fitness room complete with cardio and weight machines and a modern kitchen.
Although the renovations are outstanding, the most important change to the Centre is the expansion of the children, youth, and mental health programs.
The mental health program began many years ago as a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Gordonridge. Now it operates five days per week as a drop-in support group facilitated by a mental health professional from the CMHA. In the near future, this program will expand even further to examine diversity in mental health issues and include culturally specific support.
Gord Rose, Health Promotion Officer for Scarborough-Kennedy CHU 21 said, �By incorporating a variety of programs for many different groups of people, we�re trying to foster a greater sense of community and social inclusiveness. Even families outside of Gordonridge are coming to our community centre. That really shows how positive this place is.�
Children and youth programs run Monday through Friday. They include a variety of activities such as, arts and crafts, cooking classes and conflict mediation.
In her successful presentation, Margaret Blair-Grant said, �Community centres are a wonderful asset. They build on the overall health of the community, which makes life a lot more enjoyable, educational and convenient. Community centres bring all cultures together to celebrate diversity and to join in community friendship.�
Gordonridge Community Centre has certainly proven it does just that.
To learn more about the Children and Youth programs
available at Gordonridge Community Centre, contact Suzanna Charles at (416) 981- 4721.
For more information on the Mental Health program
, contact Gord Rose at (416) 981-4720.