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St. Andrews Youth Centre

Since 1995, the town of St. Andrews operated a drop-in centre for teens in some form or other. However, the dream of a dedicated space did not become reality until Geoff, Jan and Andrea had a conversation with local philanthropists in 2005. This meeting set the wheels in motion for a new youth centre to be built in town.

With the help of generous funders, and the town of St. Andrews, we (Geoff, Jan and Andrea, along with Hank) worked tirelessly to make the project a reality.

  • Met and worked closely with major funders and the town to determine costs.
  • Designed the youth centre.
  • Drew up sketches for the architect.
  • Held school-wide presentations to keep youth involved in the process.
  • Polled all students grades 6 - 12 to help determine hours of operation, programming, etc.
  • Worked with youth committee.
  • Organized a logo contest.
  • Coordinated the purchase of equipment
  • Donated a television and computers.
  • Drew up contracts, rules, and other operational documents.
  • Planned the opening day celebrations.

Geoff and Andrea continued to volunteer at the youth centre until the birth of their daughter in 2008. Geoff still works with the kids and the centre's director Debby Lord on a semi-regular basis.

Most recently, in 2013, Jan - along with fellow St. Andrews Arts Council board members Jackie Guthrie and Gerry Cloud, and other volunteers - Bonni Higgison, Debby Lord, Simone Ritter and Georgie Armstrong gave the youth centre a facelift by adding a new coat of paint.

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Youth centre presentation at SJDA

Opening day celebrations.

Opening day celebrations.

Opening day celebrations.

New paint job!

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