WEYBURN – Everything has been moved into the new home for the Family Place, and the grand opening slated for Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.
Ceremonies will get underway at the new location at 744 McLelland Street, just south of Fifth Avenue North.
Mayor Marcel Roy and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan will be on hand, along with Holy Family Board Chair Bruno Tuchscherer and Weyburn EY FRC Executive Director, Dawn Gutzke, who will head up the celebration. There will be a ribbon cutting, photo ops, tours and refreshments.
“It’s been super busy few weeks, but lots of excitement as well. We are loving putting all the finishing touches on, and can’t wait to show the community on Friday,” said Gutzke. “It’s a beautiful new space for us, and it truly feels like home already.”
The Family Place partnered with the Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division, and the initial startup funding of $215,000 was received from the province for the project, with the centre named the Weyburn Early Years Family Resource Centre.
The new location has a “home away from home” feeling, as when residents walk into the building they will be greeted by a similar comfortable sitting area, with couches and a living area space. There will be two giant play spaces for the young participants and a Snoezelen room, plus play spaces on the grounds.
The family resource centre will focus on all families with young children to provide free, flexible programming that builds relationships between caregivers and children. The four pillars of Early Years Family Resource Centres are early learning, parenting education, family wellness and support, and information and referrals.
The stakeholders with Holy Family and the Family Place include Southeast Cornerstone School Division, the City of Weyburn, Social Services, Weyburn Police Service, St. Michael School, the Weyburn Public Library and Envision Counselling, among others.