A NEW BUILDING
The KIZMET Centre will be an extension of WIAIH’s existing preschool; a property owned and managed by WIAIH.
There will be 7,000 square feet of space which includes a playroom, outdoor playground, classrooms, multi-purpose areas, a family space, and a kitchen for a variety of community services.
The KIZMET Centre will also accommodate WIAIH’s growing needs. WIAIH has a strong background of building a network of resources: the John F. Kennedy School, Valois residence, its Head Office and the Pat Roberts Centre. We have done it in the past and we can do it again! Our history shows that when we work together, we are strong and together we can build KIZMET!
Needed urgently are programs that strengthen early literacy, positive parenting, social/emotional development, prenatal/postnatal support, mental health, relationship building, community cohesion and more.
The KIZMET Centre is a much-needed asset in a service-starved area.
THE KIZMET BLOG
Frédéric and Gail Cassir, owners of six McDonald’s restaurants in the West Island and Saint-Laurent, have announced that the proceeds from the annual McHappy Day fundraiser, set for Wednesday May 3rd, will be given to help build the KIZMET Centre. The ambitious project is a new young child-parent centre planned for a disadvantaged area in Sainte-Geneviève.Read More
POINTE-CLAIRE, February 15, 2017 – At the end of 2017, the KIZMET Young Child & Parent Centre will open in Sainte-Geneviève as an important family resource centre for all West Island families. It will support young families and be a hub for the community. WIAIH, the organization raising the necessary $1.7M for the construction of this centre, is proud to announce that the Becket Players, supporters of KIZMET since the very beginning, have jumpstarted 2017 donations by making an extra $15,000 donation.Read More
POINTE-CLAIRE, January 31, 2017 – At the end of 2017, the KIZMET Young Child & Parent Centre will open in Sainte-Geneviève as an important family resource centre for West Islanders. It will support young families and be a hub for the community. KW Realty: Dynamik, Prestige and Performance (soon to launch) agencies have taken up the challenge and have committed to helping us make KIZMET a reality.Read More
It is critical that our children be supported in families, and families don’t operate in isolation, but need the support of strong neighbourhoods. Communities therefore need to provide a range of support systems, so that all children have an equal chance of success.
Family support programs and centres provide for experiences that families can have together. Parents are drawn to those things that include their children as well. Experience has taught us that parents are more likely to get involved and continue to stay involved when programs include their children. When centres promote parenting, it makes sense that the children be a part of the learning experience as well.
When a series of events and happenings in your life just fall into place in such a perfect way that the outcome is unequivocally your beautiful destiny and all is right in the world.
The next round of intervention efforts should take an ecological approach seriously, investigating how to change the child-rearing context for the families, rather than focusing primarily on changing the child.
Neurobiology tells us that the later we wait to invest in children who are at greatest risk, the more difficult the achievement of optimal outcomes is likely to be, particularly for those who experience the early biological disruptions of toxic stress.
Help build KIZMET with your donation
Your support will not only help to pay for the cost of construction, it will also showcase your dedication to families and show others the power of community engagement.
By working together, we can create brighter futures for children in our community as we raise the next generation of West Island leaders.
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