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Centre Wakefield cancels summer camps despite green light from Province

Updated: May 22, 2020

Note: This is an updated version of the May 13 story in The Low Down's print edition.

By Stuart Benson

After much discussion and consideration on May 7, the Centre Wakefield La Peche board made the decision to cancel summer camps run out of the community centre this year.

“We determined that camps will be very challenging to implement due to maintaining social distancing, organizing activities with less contact and the increase and frequent hygiene process to ensure the safety of the children and the youth camp leaders,” Irene Richardson, CWLP board member, wrote in an email to The Low Down on May 8.

“We have been working closely with the municipality of La Pêche over the past few months regarding COVID-19 issues and they will be running summer camps based on the provincial health guidelines,” Richardson wrote. “We are planning on reopening the Centre in September, we know life will be different and we have a team in place working on a plan to offer safe and fun fall programs and events.”

While the Meredith Centre in Chelsea hasn’t made a final decision, Daniel Bérubé, the centre’s director-general, is optimistic that camps will still run.

“We're definitely planning to have camps starting in July, but right now we're really dependent on what the government says because the community centre is a city building,” explained Bérubé. “If they say we can, we will be running camps.”