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East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club Grows

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When the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club turned to its community to help it grow, support was on the way.

By creating Building East Scarborough Together (BEST), a fundraising campaign to fund the club's 8,000 sq. foot expansion, the club was able to add a dance studio, an art and media studio, a larger gym and other program rooms. This expansion added an extra 200 spaces per day in the club's programs, which means a wider outreach to Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.

The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club's new gym
The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club's new gym

Along with the expansion, the Boys and Girls Club improved the building's efficiency with a new roof, updated air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems. In keeping with the club's inclusion and opportunity values, all washrooms are now barrier-free.

The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club has been doing its BEST to serve its community, and when it was time to give back, the community did just that.

The official opening of the renovated club took place on August 17, 2011, with government officials, donors, community residents and children in attendance. Club president Bobbi-Jean White cut the ceremonial ribbon, and all the guests enjoyed dance performances in East Scarborough's new community hub.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $1.22 million towards this project, while the City of Toronto contributed over $1.1 million. An additional $1 million was donated through the Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) and Jays Care Foundation, and the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club contributed the balance of the total project cost of over $4.7 million. Talk about team work!

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East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club

The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club has been serving its community for over 50 years, providing recreational and educational programs for children, youth and adults. The club's visitors come from a variety of cultural, social and economic backgrounds, but they are all there to achieve similar goals: grow, develop their potential and become respectful, contributing members of society.