The Valley East Youth Centre

433 Centennial Drive, Hanmer, Ontario
Across from the Centennial Arena
(705) 969-5188

Grand Opening of Valley East Youth Centre Signals A New Beginning For Local Teens

   The Valley East Youth Centre, located directly across from the Centennial Arena in Hanmer, held an Open House on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 that signaled a new beginning for young people in the community.
   The highlight of the evening was the ribbon cutting ceremony shown in the photo. On the left, Volunteer Coordinator, Patricia Caine, and on the far right, Sue Beaudry, representing the Club Optimist de la Vallee, held the ribbon while the two guests of honour officially opened the newly renovated centre. City of
Greater Sudbury Mayor , John Rodrigez, on the right, assisted  Roy Goden, Past Governor of the Northeastern Ontario Club Optimist to usher in a new era for the Valley East Youth Centre. Golden had made the trip up from Ottawa just for this occasion.
   We’ve really done a lot to improve the image of the Youth Centre,” Patricia declared. “Visit the web site and look at the pictures. I’m sure you will be impressed with how wonderful it looks today.”
   Caine pointed out that many families, struggling to maintain all of their family commitments, are faced with the challenges of balancing responsibilities having to do with work, their children, and making time for aging grandparents. Youth centres support families and communities by providing safe, supervised places and responding to youth when they need help. These centres assist youth in making positive relationships and healthy lifestyles. The teen years is a time for becoming more independent, getting that first job, and doing community service volunteer work. Youth centres strive to teach these essential skills in order to build better futures.
   The open house was attended by dozens of adults and youth from the community and every single one of them marveled at the tremendous improvements in the facility.
   The Youth Centre is open Tuesdays to Fridays from
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are two supervisors on duty at all times and there is plenty for youth to do while they are at the centre.
   The next major event for the Youth Centre is a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Teen Dance on
Friday, February 13, 2009 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Centennial Arena. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
   If you want more information about the Valley East Youth Centre or if you would like to make some kind of donation, just contact Patricia Caine at 969-4834 or call the Youth Centre at 969-5188. You can also visit the web site at
Tuesdays to Fridays  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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