Archived — Langs New Community Centre Opens its Doors

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December 5, 2011

Cambridge, Ontario – Local officials joined residents of Cambridge to mark the official opening of the new Langs community building today. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), His Worship Doug Craig, Mayor of Cambridge, and members of Langs Farm Village Association (Langs) were pleased to see this community project reach completion.

This innovative new facility ensures that Langs and its community partners can now make their services more accessible to individuals and families in the community. Many new partners at Langs did not previously have a presence in Cambridge.

This new 58,000 square foot, two-floored centre includes enhanced early years programs; youth programs; a senior's centre; a resource centre and a community health centre. In addition, the facility also houses counselling services, a dental health program, a gymnasium, a walking track and a centre for the prevention and management of chronic disease and asthma, with the goal of enhancing individual and community well-being.

The Government of Canada contributed nearly $5 million through the Community Adjustment Fund, the City of Cambridge invested $3 million and many others donors also helped to make the new facility a reality.

"Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our government committed to creating jobs and supporting the people, communities and businesses of southern Ontario," said Minister Goodyear. "Today I’m pleased to see this community centre open its doors to residents, providing access to valuable resources to help this community grow and prosper for years to come."

"This facility is certainly a fine example of partnerships, demonstrating the community spirit and collaboration that happens here in Cambridge. We have been involved in the project since the very beginning, from site selection to financing, and we know this will be an exceptional health and wellness offering to all citizens of our community. Today’s official opening marks a new chapter in the Langs Farm Village Association’s legacy," said Mayor Craig. "We are excited to be offering our Adult Day Program and the Friendly Visiting Program from this innovative facility."

"It is hard to believe how far we have come from our humble beginnings in a town house over 33 years ago" said Theresa Wilhelm, Chair of the Board of Directors of Langs. "As we stand in this incredible, new facility you can be assured that one thing will remain constant – our commitment and dedication to promoting the health and well-being of the members of the community."

"Langs now has 20 community partners on site that provide, in conjunction with staff and volunteers, over 100 different programs and services," stated Bill Davidson, Langs Executive Director. "With our expansion, we have increased our awareness and responsiveness to community needs, maximized the use of existing resources and expertise, enhanced access to existing programs and services, reduced fragmentation of services and provided new and more holistic services."

The Langs Farm Village Association, a non-profit, neighborhood-based organization, and its partners continue to develop and implement programs and services to support residents of the community.

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For more information, contact:
Bill Davidson
Executive Director
Langs Farm Village Association
519-653-1470 ext. 236

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
519-571-6879

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