Berry generous donation

Emma Lea Farms presented Reach with a cheque for more than $4,000 last week, bringing the three-year total from its Canada Day Strawberry Fundraiser to in excess of $11,000.

Joanne and Kevin Husband and daughter Katie Leek presented Reach Foundation chair Denis Horgan and executive director Renie D'Aquila with the cheque, which will go to the Building for Children Together project.

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When asked about their reasons for donating to Reach's efforts to build a child development centre in Ladner, Leek said she has a close friend with a child with special needs and knows firsthand how consuming care can be.

Joanne Husband said she is fortunate her children and grandchildren were typically developing and wants to help children and families who struggle with developmental delays. Kevin Husband, who is a member of the Delta Agricultural Society, said he is happy to contribute to projects that better the community.

"That's what it's all about," said D'Aquila. "Our new centre in the heart of Ladner will help us to support more families. We are so appreciative that Emma Lea has embraced Reach and our Building for Children Together Campaign and to date has provided over $11,000 of funding support."

Once complete, the three-storey centre will serve as place of learning and belonging for children with special needs and their families, providing therapy and counselling rooms, youth program areas, specialized lending libraries, an inclusive pre-school with accessible playground, and expanded event space for municipal, business and community use.

Reach Child and Youth Development Society has been providing services to children and their families since 1959. Over 1,000 children and their families benefit from its services on an annual basis

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