After about a year of work done mostly on weekends, the South Peace Child Development Centre has a new playhouse, thanks to the volunteer hours and donations by community members and partners.
“What we find with kids now is they’re very structured in their play, so what the playhouse does for us is it opens up just a world of imagination,” says Kim Hughes-Brinsky, Executive Director of SPCDC.
“They can be everything from a playhouse to a pizza parlour to an ice cream store to place to do construction or whatever. It’s just so much diversity to it, so it’s a platform for us to just create so many levels of imagination and encourages that type of play, which is absolutely what we want to embrace and encourage for kids.”
Tracy Pearson, of Pinebear Playhouses and an employee of Ascension Builders Ltd in Pouce Coupe, built the playhouse, putting in some serious time and care.
“I’ve been doing this for some time, everyone of my grandkids ended up with some form of a playhouse, whether it be a pirate ship or what have you,” he says.
Ascension Builders Ltd also kicked in some money, materials, and perhaps most importantly delivered the playhouse to the SPCDC playground once it was built.
“I think it’s just great to be involved in the community,” says owner Jonathan Simmons. “If you can afford to give a little bit, give a little bit.”
From the financial perspective, the biggest backer was ARC Resources’ annual $2,000 donation.
“We like to work with anything that helps the kids, and the [SPCDC] has been in Dawson for a long time and they do good work, and we know the money stays in the community,” says Darren Rosie of ARC.