REPORTING · 28th May 2014
The Child Development Centre is celebrating 40 years in Kitimat this coming June. The centre began with a group of parents whose children had special needs, and they wanted to expand the services which their children could attend. The parents worked with Dr. Kojo Asante to get those services in Kitimat and has expanded from there.
“We’re very excited because we’ve been planning for the last few months that we really want to celebrate in June of this year because it will be 40 years in June. We’ve contacted Dr. Kojo Asante who was the pediatrician who started the centres in Terrace and Kitimat and in White Horse. It’s 40 years of services we’ve provided. He left the communities a number of years ago and started the Asante Centre in Vancouver. He’s now retired but he’s willing to come back and we’re going to do a dinner celebration evening on June 25th,” said Margaret Warcup.
She expressed they want people who have graduated from the Centre, worked for the Centre and the board of directors to come out and celebrate and reflect on what they have done in the community and what is coming in the future.
The first CDC was in the Service Centre next to the CAW Union Hall. From there, they moved to the Kitimat General Hospital, to Roy Wilcox and finally, to their current location across from Mount Elizabeth Middle and Secondary School.
“The Child Development Centre is important because we can wrap around a child and their family so they can grow to their best potential. We can wrap around a family, we can wrap around the grandparents, community members, we’re their so we can have a healthy community,” said Warcup
The future is good for the Child Development Centre. They are committed to diversify their services so they meet the needs of Kitimat. While they are still focused on Children’s services, they are also focused on Housing, Employment, Immigration and Family Services. They do this in conjunction with their community partners. By diversifying their funding, they are guaranteed to stay in Kitimat.