Niagara Children’s Centre and BGC Niagara expand services to Fort Erie

The Niagara Children’s Centre (NCC), together with BGC Niagara, has officially opened a new satellite location in Fort Erie, enhancing support services for local children and youth.

The new facility, located within the EJ Freeland Community Centre (1555 Garrison Rd.), provides inclusive and accessible rehabilitation services.

At the grand opening event, Oksana Fisher, chief executive officer of Niagara Children’s Centre, emphasized the importance of proximity for families needing these essential services.

“Our strategic focus has been to ensure that families across the Niagara region have easy access to our organization’s invaluable services,” said Fisher.

The new location helps bring some of the Centre’s most in-demand programming closer to the families that need it.

“While our St. Catharines facility is central, it represents a great distance for many families,” she said. “This new location offers surrounding families a more convenient way to ensure their child receives the support they need.”

Some of those support programs include speech and language development.

“We’ve got cases families coming to receive their regular therapy sessions with our staff,” Fisher said. “Our Centre also provides physiotherapy services, occupational therapy services, and social work support.”

The Fort Erie site is the third expansion for NCC in two years, following the opening of Welland and Grimsby satellite operations inside the YMCAs of Niagara Centre and Niagara West respectively.

Fisher added that BGC Niagara, formally known as the Boys & Girls Club of Niagara, was a great community partner for the Children’s Centre with “shared synergies that could present opportunities for future collaboration.”

Across Niagara, NCC has helped more than 5,300 children, and more than 2,000 children are referred to them each year.

JoAnne Turner, chief executive officer of BGC Niagara, also gave remarks at the event.

Turner shared that BGC Niagara took over operation of the EJ Freelance facility in 2020, with a focus on improving the lives and health of local residents, adding that the addition of the Children’s Centre’s satellite is a welcome complement to the variety of programs already being offered.

“We are proud to partner with Niagara Children’s Centre to offer their clients’ services closer to home in Fort Erie,” said Turner. “At BGC Niagara, we believe that opportunity changes everything for children and youth.”

Credit: Niagara Children’s Centre

The event finished with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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