Playground to enhance family well-being
MISSISSAUGA,ON, July 28, 2012 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for
children in Mississauga as their drawings were turned into a new
playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at
the Gardenview Court apartment complex with the help of more than 200
volunteers from Foresters™, Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel Region, Peel
Living and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve 4,500
children and their families in the community for years to come.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend
quality time together," said Sharon Giffen, President, Foresters Canada
and President and Chief Executive Officer, Foresters Life Insurance
Company. "A playground is an important piece for the revitalization of
a community. Not only does it provide a first step towards keeping
children healthy, but it's a safe, central location for the entire
neighborhood to get together."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in May when
local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM!
and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings
were then used to create the final playground design.
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with
almost 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada.
Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than
2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend
quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a
founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of
organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel Region,
Peel Living and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,507
square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as the
Climbing Wall, Tot's Fire Truck and the Triple Racer Slide.
"We are so pleased to continue our development of communities," said
Debbie Smith, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel.
"Working with the enthusiastic parents and children from Gardenview
Court has shown once again how important playgrounds are in providing a
lasting legacy for families to enjoy."
"The collective contribution of all, including the community, Peel
Living, sponsors, and volunteers has provided a place for children to
be active and for families to enjoy," said Muliwa Mwarigha M.S.,
General Manager of Peel Living and Director of Residential Property
Management, Region of Peel.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel Region
For more than 100 years, Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across
Canada have been helping young people to discover, develop and achieve
their best potential as they grow to become Canada's future adults,
citizens and leaders, by engaging them in activities that challenge and
help them develop healthy minds and bodies. The Boys and Girls Clubs of
Peel (BGCP) is a leading provider of quality after school,
out-of-school and Breakfast for Kids programs to children and youth
that support the healthy physical, educational and social development
of more than 13,000 young people and their families in Canada each
About Peel Living
Peel Living is the Region of Peel's non-profit housing company and is a
recognized leader in creating innovative housing projects and
developing housing policy. Peel Living is the largest non-profit
landlord in the Region of Peel and the third largest social housing
provider in Ontario, providing homes at 70 sites to 16,400 residents.
Visit www.peelliving.ca for more information.
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. The
fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being
through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring
community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with
almost 950,000 members in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children
today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a
fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health,
achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit,
social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996
in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play
within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,100
playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds
of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with
online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a
local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the
organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to
save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support
KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in
Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
For further information:
Debbie Smith, B&G Club, 905-603-8724, email@example.com
Lisa Dimenna, Peel Living, 905-791-7800, ext.4519, firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene Shimoda, Foresters, 416-467-2544, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org