Regina’s North Central Family Centre will help more young people become tomorrow’s community leaders, thanks to the generosity of Regina REALTORS® and friends on the golf course.
The Association of Regina REALTORS® Inc. (ARR) has donated $15,000 to the North Central Family Centre’s Youth Empowerment Program. That’s half the record proceeds raised at this year’s ARR Annual Golf Tournament plus an additional $5,000 from the association itself, bringing the total Regina REALTORS® have contributed to the NCFC over the past decade to almost $113,000.
“It is very difficult to express the full measure of what the ARR’s ongoing support has done for our Centre. The long-term investment from Regina REALTORS® is helping to motivate, educate and create the opportunities for our youth that are the most promising answer to breaking the cycle of welfare,” says Sandy Wankel, the NCFC’s Co-founder and Executive Director.
This year’s donation will purchase books and supplies for the Centre’s classes on literacy, jewelry, art,
anti-bullying and girls’ self-esteem. Past support from Regina REALTORS® has included construction of a courtyard at the Centre, tutoring, reading and homework help, supplies to help youth assist elders and housebound residents with yard care, and providing the paint for a colourful mural that young people created in memory of the NCFC’s other founder, Ivan Amichand, who passed away in 2013.
Along with assisting the North Central Family Centre, the ARR has donated $10,000 — the other half of this year’s golf tournament proceeds — to help the Albert Park Community Association fund a new walking path and other enhancements at REALTORS® Park. This follows the ARR’s $7,585 donation to the project last year. Local REALTORS® helped to establish the south Regina park in 1987 as a legacy of the ARR’s 75th anniversary and have contributed to other improvements there over the years, including a popular splash pad.
“Organizations like the North Central Family Centre and green spaces like REALTORS® Park and are really what make our city a community. Our members live here, too, and we’re proud to give back,” says ARR President, Tim Chicilo.