In an effort to support the community and build relationships, Childreach and Minto Properties have joined forces to offer the city’s first Pop-Up Centre.
“Minto Properties wants to partner with other members of the community to offer services that families need, while also providing our tenants with volunteer opportunities. Many of our residents are seniors with grandchildren who live far away and this gives them a chance to interact with little ones. It’s one more way we want to inspire healthy lifestyles here in the Cherryhill community,” says Blair Spencer, director of customer experience.
Minto provides the large, child-friendly space at Cherryhill Village Mall, while Childreach brings ride-on toys, climb-on equipment and other imagination-building toys. Last year, 24,000 children benefited from its early years (0 to age 6) programs. Their mandate is to “give children the best start is life.”
Amber Vanandel is a regular at the Pop-Up with her two sons, Joe (11 months) and Tobin, who is almost three. She lives in the area and doesn’t have a car, so the location is ideal. “It gives me a place to get out and let my two year old run around.”
Cherryhill tenants are able to volunteer at the Pop-Up Centre. Ken Pole lives at Cherryhill Apartments and enjoys spending time with the little ones.
Frieda Thar has lived at Cherryhill Apartments for five years and brought her granddaughter Melissa Tussuzian and great granddaughter Marina (two) to the centre on Monday to spend some time together.
Two year old Jake is pictured below playing at the Pop Up Centre in Cherryhill Village Mall:
The Pop-Up Centre is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Toddlers and young children and their parents are welcome to come anytime during those times to enjoy the equipment and have a snack. Childreach was founded in 1975 and is a not-for-profit organization. According to Amberlee Boulton, Pop-Up programmer overseeing the Cherryhill Village Mall site, “This gives moms and kids a safe place to come and be comfortable.”
To find out more visit www.childreach.ca
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