Premier Greg Selinger and Shirley Hault, President of the Growing Minds Daycare gets a little help with cutting the ribbon from a number of daycare children, members of Niverville council and La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux.
By Marianne Curtis
A group of youngsters lined up to say “thank you” to the community for improving their lives at the newly expanded daycare center when it was officially opened by the premier.
On July 18, Premier Greg Selinger was on hand to personally cut the ribbon to the newly expanded Growing Minds Daycare Center in Niverville. Located within the Niverville Heritage Center, the daycare center is in the process of an expansion that will see the facility able to accommodate 105 children. The expansion will bring 53 new childcare spaces to the community.
“This facility is now double the capacity,” stated Selinger. “It is going to provide more families with the ability to work – we will supply the capital, the space and the training.”
He added that he admired the facilities uniqueness by providing a unique program that encourages the children to interact with the seniors living at the Heritage Center.
Ron Lemiuex, MLA for La Verendrye added that as a newly expectant grandfather, he personally understood the importance of top notch daycare in a community.
“We know that the need is great,” noted Lemiuex. “This is an amazing facility especially with the multigenerational aspect.”
Shirley Hault, President of the Growing Minds Daycare says that the Growing Minds Daycare Center has been open since 2007. It was first opened to meet a need created by employees at Puratone Corporation. The facility moved into the Heritage Center because it was the only place in town that met the requirement of having a sprinkler system, which is a requirement for daycare centers.
“The board chose to place the Childcare program within close proximity to the senior’s manor because it would create an opportunity to bring two generations together,” explained Hault. “The children and their “granfriends” regularly join in activities including gardening, music, reading, storytelling, cooking and share other special moments together for the benefit of all.”
Hault thanked the community for the many partnerships that were formed to make the project possible. These included the Assiniboine and Niverville Credit Unions, Community Futures Triple R Corporation and The Heritage Centre. The provincial government has committed to funding $330,000 towards the renovations.
“The facility and natural playground you saw here today is an example of how successful a partnership can be,” added Hault. “We are thankful to everyone who has played a part, whether small or large in ensuring the success of this much needed Childcare program.”
The new facility has been specially designed by MMP architects and built by Concord to provide challenge and a fun learning place for 105 children, an increase of 52 over current numbers. There remains a further 100 children on a waiting list for childcare.
The Growing Minds Daycare Center employs 17 full time and 4 part time childcare employees.