Rabbittown Community Centre
celebrates 20 years of success
Today is a proud and happy
occasion for the Rabbittown Community Centre as staff, volunteers,
residents, and invited guests come together to celebrate 20 years of
community achievement and development.
The Honourable Paul Shelley
Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister
Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) is
pleased to acknowledge the excellent work, dedication and leadership
shown by the Rabbittown Centre in support of the community. Bob
Ridgley, MHA, St. John's North, Len Simms, Chair and Chief Executive
Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), and
members of the Rabbittown Board of Directors will also be on hand to
join in the celebration.
A This is a proud day for
the Rabbittown Community Centre. Over the past 20 years, they’ve worked
hard to achieve a high standard of community development. They offer
programs and services focused on providing opportunity and support,
enabling people to build on their strengths which is crucial to a
community’s development and sustainability," said Minister Shelley. "On
behalf of the provincial government and NLHC, we wish them many more
years of success."
Established in October 1986,
through NLHC’s Tenant Relations (TR) Program, the Rabbittown Community
Centre is a multi-purpose facility that serves a population of
approximately 1050 people in a 338-unit social housing neighbourhood.
The centre’s primary goal is improve the lives of individuals and
families through a wide range of programs and services. Programming is
largely operating through a combination of funding from the federal,
provincial and municipal governments and the private sector. They also
partner with other social agencies and community centres which enables
them to expand their program base. NLHC assists by providing the
building in which the centre is housed, base-level operating funding,
property maintenance and support of a TR social worker.
Along with a team of
committed staff and volunteers, the centre has been able to meet their
mandate of addressing community needs through the provision of
recreational, health, educational, social and vocational programs. Some
of these programs include: an After School Drop-In program, Homework
Haven, Healthy Baby Club, Computer Program, Community Kitchen, and a
Public Health Nursing Clinic. Located on Graves Street in St. John's,
the centre serves all area residents including Empire, Anderson and
Hoyles Avenue, Algerine Place, Freshwater Road and Cowperthwaite Court.
"Rabbittown Community Centre
has become the heart of our community through the sheer will of all
those involved. It has served as a beacon of hope and inspiration to me
personally and for many in our community," said Matthew Dellavalle,
Board Member, Rabbittown Community Centre and Tenant Association chair.
The centre has a full day of
activities planned, which includes an Open House between 2:00 – 4:00
p.m. Members of the media and local neighbourhood residents are welcome
Who: Rabbittown Town
What: 20th Anniversary Celebration/Open House
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2006
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 26 Graves Street, St. John’s
| Jenny Bowring
Newfoundland and Labrador
| Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment