John Tod Centre set for fall opening

Colin Reid, CEO of the local YMCA/YWCA, shows off the new windows being installed in the gym of the John Tod Centre, which will help provide more natural light to the former school.

KAMLOOPS - Drywall, nails and two-by-fours litter the space as workers buzz around painting or installing new doors and windows in the future home of a new North Shore community centre.

Members of the local Elks Lodge, KGHM and Interior Savings Credit Union were on hand for a tour Monday after donating a combined total of more than $50,000 to the John Tod Centre.

Colin Reid of the YMCA/YWCA and Traci Anderson of the Boys and Girls Club welcomed the donations before showing off the new facility, which is set to house both groups by this fall. While still under construction part of the old school is already being used by the YMCA for some programming and the rest is taking shape.

The facility exceeds 30,000 square feet and each group will have their own separate space with a shared main entrance, gym and courtyard. Reid says his organization looks forward to bringing several different offices under one consolidated roof.

“Some programming related services are in here already… we’re going to move our Northhills Mall location here, and our finance office (from on Tranquille Road),” Reid says. “It’s part of our strategy, to centralize and synergize. This will be a very busy place.”

So far the project has raised just over $140,000, just under half of the $300,000 goal. Construction is on schedule to be completed by the end of September and the two groups will get full occupancy later in the fall.

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