It was great to read Hunter Cresswell's article about how the community is coming together to revitalize the Venosta [railway] station and prepare it for its next life (“By the youth, for the youth,” June 30 edition).
We are excited about launching a social enterprise café, engaging and employing local youth. They will be serving sweet treats, healthy snacks, hot drinks, and ice cream to summer and winter users of the Véloroute des Draveurs, as well as to local residents and travellers looking for a pleasant pause just off the 105.
Thanks to the ongoing support of PSOC (Programme de soutien aux organismes communautaires), Be and Become has been able to support the youth in the region with skills programs and workshops, and this new home will be a hub, providing job training, education support, and career help to youth all across the region.
The late Wes Nicol would be proud of his foundation's commitment to match all contributions to the project up to $50,000, and he would be the first to challenge businesses, entrepreneurs, and other individuals to show their support to our young people and help build the future of our community.
To make your donation, and for more information about the project, check out venostastation.com.
Maureen McEvoy, board member of Be and Become