by Pat Henderson

“When One Door Closes Another Door Opens”. Famously quoted by Alexander Graham Bell, it fits with the change that is happening at the Kemptville Youth Centre (KYC).

Bridget Manahan has been in the position of Programs Coordinator since February 2016, and has done a tremendous job in bringing in new youth to the centre, and keeping the daily average attendance up during all of her time here. Her energetic personality and work-ethic has allowed her to climb mountains in terms of growth as a person and an employee. With that being said, Bridget has accepted the role of Executive Director of the Smith’s Falls Youth Centre, so, while we are sad to see her leave, we are excited about her future and know she will bring the focus and hard work there, and wish her all the best! Bridget’s last day at the youth centre will be Thursday July 6, but she will be at the KYC Golf Classic fundraiser all day on Friday July 7. Make sure you come by to say your goodbyes and good lucks!

As it says in the title, the next door has opened at KYC, and we are excited to announce the hiring of Maura Lepore as the new Programs Coordinator. Maura is a recent graduate of the Child and Youth Care Program at Algonquin College and brings a wealth of KYC knowledge with her, as she did a placement at KYC from September 2016 through April 2017. During her placement, Maura got to know the youth who attend the centre, and also the programs that are offered for them. She was a participant in our Jail & Bail fundraiser, and is a consistent volunteer at our Sports Night Program. Maura has a great understanding of the day to day operations and fundraising events that take place at KYC. Her positive energy and enthusiastic personality are contagious, and provide the youth with excitement daily. Maura’s first day was Monday.

The KYC family is sad to see Bridget leave, but are confident that Maura will step in and create a caring environment for all those who attend the centre. As Operations Manager at KYC, I am excited to work with Maura again and continue to see the attendance numbers rise! We encourage you to stop by the Centre at 5 Oxford Street to say thank you to Bridget and to welcome Maura and see our facilities.

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