The Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club has been a friend of Reach Child and Youth Development Society and children with special needs for more than 20 years.
One of only two Lions clubs worldwide to serve two countries at the same time, the local club supports both Tsawwassen and Point Roberts. That global flavour was evident last week when the Reach Foundation recognized a $50,000 donation from the local club and a $50,000 US contribution from the Lions Club International.
The money will support a therapy room at the soon-to-be-built child development centre in Ladner.
"All Lions are proud to be a part of an organization that commits itself to helping those who need assistance to appreciate and enjoy the opportunities so many have," said Don Wight, Lions immediate past district governor. "Lions were founded on the belief that the strength and growth of our communities comes from service. The efforts of the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club to raise the funds necessary and successfully request matching funds from the foundation arm of Lions Clubs International has been extraordinary. Congratulations to all members of this great club."
The Lions' donation to Reach's Building for Children Together project was a testament to longtime Boundary Bay Lions Club and former Reach board members Jack Davidson and Gary Keller, who were involved in Reach since the building project's infancy.
"We are deeply moved by the Boundary Bay Lions Club and the Lions Club International Foundation's concern for the development of children and for helping us create a new therapy room in our new community-based centre" said Reach executive director Renie D'Aquila The $5 million, 20,000-square-foot centre, which is being built adjacent to the Ladner Pioneer Library on 47th Avenue, will include therapy and counselling rooms, specialized lending libraries and an inclusive preschool with an accessible playground.