Tolko is donating lumber and plywood to the new daycare centre under construction in Lumby.
The raw materials are on top of major grants from the B.C. Ministry of Child and Family Development and money from a community gaming grant.
The Bridge Educational Society is building the Early Years Daycare Centre in Lumby to serve families in the North Okanagan.
The new centre will offer 63 spaces for infant, daycare, preschool and school-aged care, serving children from birth to 12 years. The curriculum’s focus will be to provide a safe and nurturing environment that fosters wonder and imagination, where children are immersed in a culture of community and are encouraged to connect with nature.
Roxanne Brierley, treasurer with The Bridge Educational Society and Capital Campaign Coordinator, emphasizes that there is a critical need for childcare facilities in the Okanagan.
“Based on our research we know that parents are looking for more child care options. By making more spaces available and offering a well-rounded program, these children will have the opportunity to thrive in a caring environment and build a solid foundation,” Brierley said.
“The Early Years Centre is an incredible opportunity for the community and for our employees,” said Scot Durward, Manager, Operations and Woodlands HR with Tolko Industries.
“Finding safe and appropriate child care is a worry for many new parents. We are grateful to be part of a childcare solution that increases capacity, supports the local community and provides our employees with access to quality childcare spaces that support working families.”
The daycare is scheduled to open at the end of the summer.
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