Message from Executive Director, Ian Kalina

April 23rd, 2019

Welcome to our inaugural newsletter.

Spring 2019

This newsletter provides a broad overview of who we are and what we do. It is designed to give families and stakeholders an outline of our programs and events with a collection of stories. Our newsletter is an important way to reach out and stay connected with the wonderful people and organizations we have come to know over the years. We are doing great things for children and families and have great stories to tell – we will share more about our program and services in future newsletters.

When I became Executive Director 15 years ago, the club was finalizing a merger between the Ladysmith and Nanaimo clubs. This was a huge step up for growth. Five years later we joined up with the Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club to grow a little more. Today we serve over 1200 children annually in six communities, employ over 100 employees at 13 locations and provide programs and services in three streams – childcare and early learning, youth services and family support.

Partnerships are an integral part of what we do. We partner with school districts, municipalities, other non-profit organizations and the business community to provide quality programs for everyone we serve. For example, we partner with the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank to offer nutritious food to families in need. We partner with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Mid-Island Metis Nation, and the Vancouver Island West School District to offer a public education with an Indigenous focus at the Nisaika Kum’tuks Learning Centre (K- Gr.7) at our 5th Street Club. We partner with the City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation staff to deliver “Youth Lounge” at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre on Thursday night.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island receives support from many service clubs, donors, businesses and grants that allow us to continue with our important work. We simply could not continue without your support, Thank you!