The Lampman Family Centre had its grand opening today. To kick it off this afternoon there were bouncy castles and face painting for the children and a BBQ dinner. They held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 PM that was followed by a tour of the Family Centre and cake for everyone to enjoy.
Kaitlyn Fornwald, the chairperson for the centre’s board explains, "The Lampman Family Centre founded and formed as an official non-profit in February of this year. Since February we've been able to raise all the funds we needed to open our centre, which our grand opening was today."
"It has been a little bit of a process finding a home and getting everything we needed in the centre. We will be running programs daily and we will be running pre-k as well."
"The family centre is really important, as the Healthy Rural Family Project, we are aiming to get people out of their homes. Research has shown that families are becoming more secluded to their homes and away from other families. The Healthy Rural Family Project is a project that aims to bring rural families to the centre to meet other families, to expand their social circle."
Fornwald adds that they also had their Jail and Bail Fundraiser today at the grand opening and it was a success.
"The Jail And Bail Fundraiser is a fundraiser that is put on across Canada. You nominate someone to be arrested for a funny crime and you send people to arrest them. The person who nominated the criminal sets their bail and while they are sitting in jail they have to call for pledges to be released, and once they've reached their bail they get to leave. For us, all of the pledges were tax donations. We had a really good response this year and we would be glad to make it an annual event. Our goal was $2000 and we easily surpassed that."
"I'd like to thank the community of Lampman for the amazing support that the whole community has had. The outpouring of donations, verbal support and program support has been phenomenal for a small community, like Lampman, to pull together so quickly to have a centre like this open up in just a little over six months is phenomenal. So I'd really like to thank the whole community of Lampman and everyone around the area who have supported us and who will continue to support us as well."