Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre executive direcor Nancy Gale presents the CDC wish list to Mayor Walt Cobb Tuesday.

Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre executive direcor Nancy Gale presents the CDC wish list to Mayor Walt Cobb Tuesday.

Autism centre open Wednesday

The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the new $1.2 million expansion wing and autism centre on Wednesday, May 20.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the Cariboo Chilcotin Development Centre’s new $1.2 million expansion wing and autism centre on Wednesday, May 20.

The opening runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tours of the new facilities. People planning to attend the opening are asked to reserve a place by calling the CDC reception at 250-392-4481.

The project expenses for the expansion of the main wing and separate new Cariboo Autism Centre totalled $1,262,972. which has been covered by donations, grants, and loans.

But the CDC still needs more help to complete furnishing of the autism centre.

The wish list includes such items at an upright freezer, chairs, portable sink, diaper changing cabinet, Hokki stools that rock, as well as items such as towels, and shower curtain.

The autism centre includes a quiet room, full bathroom, laundry facilities, full kitchen and a large multi-purpose room with video equipment, and storage.

The autism centre has been developed with the feel and set-up of a regular home because much of the teaching that will happen there supports the development of everyday lifeskills such as cooking and laundry.

The new wing included in the project houses several new offices and a large meeting room.

There are several tiers of corporate sponsorship provided in the CDC’s fundraising plan including the right to name the centre which will cost the donation of $100,000.

A social media thank you includes donations up to $99.

An engraved leaf on a sponsor tree is set at a minimum of a $100 donation.

For a minimum donation of $5,000 the donor can name a room.

There is also a group naming category for a minimum donation of $7,500.

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