Donna Osadchuk president of Vita Community Daycare Centre board and Christine Storoshuck, vice president are eagerly awaiting the day they will complete renovations and move into their new daycare space located across the street from the Shevechenko School.
Photo by Marianne Curtis
By Marianne Curtis
Parents from Vita and area will soon have a few more daycare spaces now that a new building has been purchased for the community’s only childcare facility.
On July 1, a fundraising garage sale took place at the future home of the Vita Community Daycare Centre. Located right across the street from the Shevechenko School the 2,500 square foot location is ideal for the facility which offers programs for children from infant to pre-teen.
Donna Osadchuk, president for the Vita Community Daycare Centre says the non-profit daycare is excited about their new location. They hope to move in before September and add an additional eight spaces.
“We have outgrown our current facility which is located in the Sumk Clubhouse,” explained Osadchuk. “We bought this building but we need a lot more money before we can actually move in.”
Osadchuk says the road to purchasing a new facility for the daycare which currently has space for 28 children has presented a challenge. The group initially contemplated building a new daycare but after spending $80,000 on plans it became unfeasible.
“It would cost us $1.2 million to build a daycare according to the plans and that is not affordable for a community like Vita,” Osadchuk added. “So we bought a house and need to renovate it for our specifications.”
Osadchuk says she is grateful for all the help the daycare board has received to ensure the centre can related.
“We are grateful for all the donations and help from the many volunteers,” Osadchuk continued. “We especially want to thank Tom Shewera who has volunteered as project manager – his assistance has been invaluable.”
Renovations have been estimated to cost $350.000, funds the organization has been desperately trying to raise. So far they have collected $100,000 from the province, $40,000 from the RM of Stuartburn, $25,000 from the Community Credit Union; $15,000 from Hylife; $15,000 from the Thomas Sill Foundation and $50,000 from Community Places.
“We still have a some fundraising to do before we can move in,” Osadchuk noted. However with 17 aboriginal children attending she is hopeful federal funding can be obtained.
The Vita Community Daycare Centre was established six years ago and is the only daycare facility in the community. It offers a before and after school program under the direction of a total of six fulltime staff and seven part time. With an annual budget of $250,000 the volunteer board works hard to raise funds to subsidize the programs offered at the centre.
Anyone wishing to help out are encouraged to contact Donna at 425-3528, Christine at 427-2893 or Sandra at 425-3569.