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June 24, 2010
Groundbreaking ceremony to mark start of Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough expansion
Join Lois Brown, MP for Newmarket-Aurora, Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion, Mayor David Miller, Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), representatives from the Youth Challenge Fund/Blue Jays Care, and Bobbi-Jean White, president of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (BGCES) Board, as well as City staff and local residents, for the official groundbreaking to mark the start of the building's expansion and renovations.

There will also be a free community barbecue to celebrate the occasion, featuring the Andy Barrie Magic Show, yoga and "socasize" demonstrations by Lululemon, the East Scarborough Panthers Cheer Team, the BGCES Choir and Raw Energy Dance Crew.

Date: Monday, June 28
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (official remarks begin at 6:30 p.m)
Location: Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, 100 Galloway Rd.

The additional youth space and infrastructure renovations of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough are being made possible through the City of Toronto’s Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund and are being jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program and the Ontario Recreation Program and through the Youth Challenge Fund/Jays Care Foundation.

The POL Fund was created to build community infrastructure and enhance space for community programming and service needs. The fund gives priority to youth-focused initiatives at the neighbourhood level. For every dollar the City invests approximately $1.90 has been leveraged in partnership funding. At program completion, it is anticipated that $37.7 million will have been invested in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods, of which $13 million is a direct City investment.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Cher Jones, Senior Coordinator, Promotions and Communications,



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