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New Five Counties office officially opened in Cobourg

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

COBOURG - 

The Five Counties Children’s Centre was officially opened at its new Cobourg location by Ontario’s Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau on Monday morning.

The province provided $450,000 towards the new site at 800 Division Street owned by Karol Shaw, who told the crowd it was as a win/win situation.

There is currently at 10-year lease agreement in place although Shaw said he is agreeable for it to be twice that long.

The main office for the Centre is in Peterborough and the organization assists youth and children with special physical needs, and their families, in Northumberland, Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes and North Hastings, the Centre’s chair of the board, Adam White, told the crowd who gathered for the grand opening.

The space is “big, bright and open” and fully accessible everywhere, White said, thanking the organizations that came together in order to move the operation from its current location near the Cobourg Community Centre to Division Street into the premises that better fits its needs.

“Even though we lost a tenant,” Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier said, both Cobourg and the area has “gained a great new service.”

Earlier, the attendees were told cutting edge services will be part of the new structure and equipment, like a lift, that enables clients to stand up and be moved more easily.

Northumberland County Warden Mark Walas called the new site an “amazing new resource for our county” and Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi said a resource like this for families and children facing challenges is far more than “four walls...and a couple of doors.”

White praised the staff for their commitment and innovative and creative approach to helping children reach their potential.

The Centre is working with 1,256 youth and children, the attendees were told, and is one of 21 similar children’s treatment centres in Ontario.

vmacdonald@postmedia.com