With the completion of Phase One of their new facility, the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre invited everyone in for a tour.
The CDC needed to upgrade the old church to meet new standards, so did things like they update the bathrooms, flooring, and wheelchair accessibility.
Asher Petursson is the first ever Diaper Dash winner, and mum Anna explains what her secret is to raising a winner, stating that it was “Mom’s voice and an Iced Capp. I think that’s what brought him home and made him the champion that he is today.
Executive Director Kerri Bassett says that Friday has been a work in progress since 2009.
“We have been really exploring relocating our facility into the town of Smithers so that we were more inclusive, more integrated, and more accessible to our community. To actually have the space now is very exciting for all of us,” she says.
Larry Miller has been with the program for 20 years and has seen the benefits of a facility like this.
“Well, I was out there so many times that I saw the benefits of a lot of these kids who went through the program. In fact, a few of my friends had kids that went through this program and some of these programs and it helped big time,” he says.
The Centre is still looking for donations to fund their second phase to finish renovations and bring all their programs into the new building.