Nine decades ago this week, the Ottawa Boys Club opened in the city’s downtown core. A social worker from Montréal was appointed as its executive director. His name was Fred C. McCann and he led the club through many changes, from expanding it to multiple locations to increasing its programming options and growing its membership.
Today, Fred would be proud. The club is still thriving – now as the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa – and meeting the changing needs of local kids. In fact, it is a leader in proving after-school, weekend and summer programs for local youngsters and teens. “The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) serves over 4,500 children and youth aged six to 18 every year through eight locations in the city,” says Jerrett DeFazio, BGCO’s director of programs. “But beyond that, the club is very much a cornerstone in the community.”
To honour the milestone and its commitment to youth engagement, BGCO is launching a revamped website at www.bgcottawa.org. Check it out!
“It allows our members, their parents and community leaders to get information about the after-school and weekend programs,” says Samantha Laprade, BGCO director of advancement. “It lets Ottawa residents register online for swimming lessons. … Really, it’s the one-stop site for the club and the community.”
For details and to sign up for activities, see www.bgcottawa.org.