Our sincere thanks to the funders who have made this important project possible.
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund $250,000
Rotary Club of Edmonton, Legacy Project Funding Award $200,000
Government of Alberta, Ministry of Culture and Community Services
Community Facility Enhancement Program $100,000
Special thanks to Chandos Construction for your diligence and expertise.
Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area amalgamated on July 1, 2011. The resulting organization is operated by an Executive Director reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors. With 100 staff, BGCBigs manages nine Club Sites across the City of Edmonton as well as a variety of both mentoring and Club activities situated in schools, neighborhood hubs and within communities. In 2012, with the support of 3,206 volunteers, 4,799 children and youth received services delivered by BGCBigs.
As we moved through the process of amalgamating the services of two established child serving organizations, a new understanding of the needs of the communities in which we work emerged and this formed the foundation of facility planning.
About the Club
The McCauley facility, located at 9425 109A Avenue, was built in 1966 with additional construction in 1987 and has served the communities of McCauley, Boyle Street, Central McDougal and Cromdale well for the past 50 years. The building is adjacent to an established park allowing for excellent additional recreational space for children and youth.
Like all BGCBigs Clubs, McCauley offers children and youth with a safe place to go after school, where they can receive homework help, structured and casual recreation, growth, education and leadership programs, snacks and hot meals, as well as personal and group support from paid staff and volunteer mentors. Families are welcomed to take part in additional supports and activities, in order to further facilitate strong family connections.
Parents and their children consistently report that children are building self-esteem and self- confidence, as well as knowledge, skills and abilities through mentoring and program activities. Parents communicate that they are seeking trusted places in community where their children enjoy and remain engaged in positive developmental skill-building activities. In addition to witnessing patterns of regular attendance by children and families, volunteers and program coordinators note that children and parents often share stories about a child’s improvement in school subjects and school participation. Staff and volunteers also observe children building numerous relationships with peers, volunteers, staff, youth leaders as well as other parents and families.
Families engaged at BGCBigs sites are also building their community. Program coordinators and volunteers observe that when dropping off or waiting for their children, participating at events, or volunteering, parents are making multiple connections with other parents and building friendships. For many, these relationships are turning into an extended family-like support (e.g. parents watch the kids of other families after school; mothers or families socialize.)
The purpose and intentions for the renovated facility are varied.
- Increase capacity for service delivery
- Increase safety and cost efficiency of space
- Expand building usage for community groups
- Replacement of doors and windows
- Upgrades to fire protection and life safety equipment
- Architectural, mechanical and electrical systems upgrades
- Drywall and ceiling repairs, interior painting
- Quarry tile and ceramic tile repairs, carpet replacement, repair of vinyl tile flooring & baseboards
- Updating the kitchen, life skill areas, homework rooms and washrooms