From left to right: Marie Pageau Handfield, Coordinator, CSDCEO Board Member Sergine Rachelle Bouchard and Champlain Mayor Gary Barton - Inaugurating the Garderie Champlain Daycare by putting thumbprints on a canvas created by the daycare's children. (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

Champlain Daycare has a new, bright and colourful home

Champlain Daycare has made quite a lofty home for itself in its new locale, in space at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Grégoire in Vankleek Hill.

It’s in this new, bright and colourful space that the official inauguration of Garderie Champlain Daycare took place on the morning of May 3, 2018.

Amidst the crowd were representatives from Champlain Township and Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO).

“We’re very lucky to be working alongside the school board in this,” said Champlain Mayor Gary Barton.

“We have been very welcome here. We have a really, really nice facility.”

With this partnership, the school board provides the facility and Champlain Township runs the program. The collaboration also allowed funding for the daycare, whose $605,000 price tag was completely financed by the province.

“To be part of such a project, a bilingual project,” proudly stated CSDCEO board member Sergine Rachelle Bouchard, adding that for children, “Now’s the time to learn a language!”

The gift of colour

One of the first things visitors will notice when entering the daycare is a collection of vivid, colourful paintings.

 

Local artist Rita Iriarte donated a collection of radiant, circus-themed painting to the new daycare’s quarters. (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

All circus-themed, the paintings were a gift from local artist and Prescott-Russell Arts Council administrator, Rita Iriarte.

“I thought they’d look great in a place filled with children,” said Iriarte.

“It decorates the entrance very nicely. I’m very proud. They ended up in a very good place!”


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