Boys and Girls Clubs provide vital service

For more than a century, Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across our nation have helped young people discover, develop and achieve.

For more than a century, Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across our nation have helped young people discover, develop and achieve their potential as future adults, citizens and leaders. Today, the need is still great for the vital educational, recreational and skills development programs and services Boys and Girls Clubs offer in our communities.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Williams Lake and District is a non-profit organization who are truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families in our region from all economic, cultural, religious and social backgrounds.

They engage youth in activities that challenge them to develop healthy minds and bodies. They also provide a supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life through various programs primarily offered after-school hours.

This fall, I was very impressed when I had the opportunity to meet with Matt Neufeld, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet our young people who live in the Cariboo region and also experience the result of the inspirational impact that the Boys and Girls Club has had in their lives, providing a safe haven of respect and belonging.

Clubs such as this help our young discover and develop their abilities and skills, building confidence and competence while encouraging healthy, respectful relationships with peers and family members.

To find out how you can get more involved and support the lives of many of the children and youth in our community, visit www.bgcwilliamslake.com.

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.