by Lucie Roy
Morinville News Correspondent
Sept. 13 was the Launch day for the new location, new name, new look and new logo for the Morinville Youth Centre.
Youth Worker Erin Debusschere made the unveil and presentation before more than 50 youth joined by Mayor Lisa Holmes, Deputy Mayor Brennan FitzGerald, and Councillors Nicole Boutestein and Stephen Dafoe.
The youth centre was originally located across from the arena. Now called Morinville Youth Loft (M.Y. Loft), it is located in the atrium of the Morinville Community Cultural Centre.
“M.Y. (Morinville Youth) Loft is a place where anyone can relax and fully express [themselves] without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability,” Debusschere said.
Three youth: Sami Luomala, Ana Bochar and Taras Shevchuk spoke at the presentation on their positive experience at the Loft.
Youth Outreach workers Brekk-lyn Holterhus and Christine Ryvers provided assistance during the launch event with snacks and refreshments.
The Junior Youth Program was launched Sept. 13 for Grades 3 to 5. It will run on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Senior Youth Program has new extended hours. Grades 6 + from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and has four different programs to draw on different youth interests.
Contact community services for more information.