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Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area now BGC South East

The Boys and Girls Club in Kingston is launching a new name to better reflect its work and the population served in its programs. The organization will now be known as BGC South East. “The phrase ‘Boys and Girls’ just does not capture the diversity of the individuals we serve

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New partnerships see seasonal day camps come to Greater Napanee

The Town of Greater Napanee has announced its new 5-year partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGC) for the operations and delivery of both seasonal day camp programming and community programming within Greater Napanee. With the partnership beginning in June 2021, the Club will run

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Pink Shirt Day spreads anti-bullying message to over 4000 people in Kingston

The 2021 Pink Shirt Day campaign, organized by the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters, closed the month of February on a positive and encouraging note. Pink Shirt day was celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, but the organizers say its message of inclusion and diversity is

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Kingston Police Deputy Chief Chris Scott retires

Deputy Chief Chris Scott of the Kingston Police Force is retiring from his position, Kingstonist has learned on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Deputy Chief Scott announced his retirement to his colleagues at Kingston Police Headquarters via email, and indicated that, while his decision may seem sudden, it’s something he’s contemplated

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Counsellor puts focus on Black mental health, empowerment through self care

When Nicole Franklin opened Live Free Counselling Services in Toronto in 2016, she had a specific vision for what she wanted to create. She’d completed her Masters of Social Work at Ryerson University, researching the experiences of young Black girls in Canadian society, and had worked with youth in Kingston

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Pink Shirt Day 2021 Campaign focused on high levels of cyberbullying

The switch from in-class to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has presented teachers, students and families with some unique challenges. And unfortunately, staff at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston (BGCK) say one of them is a marked increase in cyberbullying. “With everything moving online, we have been

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Essential workers make quick use of emergency childcare spots

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and the Kingston YMCA, the City of Kingston filled 85 emergency childcare spots for children of essential workers within a week. According to a release from the City of Kingston, dated Friday, Jan, 8, 2021, the 85 spots were filled for a

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Boys and Girls Club replaces annual Halloween party with photo contest

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston’s (BGCK) annual Halloween party, an important annual fundraiser in support of the local United Way. To make up for the loss, they’ve announced a $5 Halloween photo contest. For the past six years, BGCK’s Halloween party has

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Registration for City of Kingston swimming lessons opens today

The City of Kingston has announced that they will be running swimming lesson programming at the Boys & Girls Club West End Pool, located at 1300 Bath Road. The lessons will begin on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2020, with registration opening today, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 at noon. According to a

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CFKA launches the Fall 2020 Community Grants Competition

Over $500,000 has been granted to local charities through the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (CFKA) since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March, with more funds becoming available this fall, according a release from the CFKA, dated Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.  “Knowing that the uncertainties faced by charities

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Rideau Heights Community Center to reopen for permitted uses

The Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library at 85 MacCauley Street will begin a staggered reopening on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, according to a media release from the City of Kingston dated Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. As part of the staggered reopening, the community centre building will be open Monday

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Boys and Girls Club offering day camp at LaSalle Secondary School

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGCK) is expanding their summer camp operations into the City’s east end, following overwhelming demand. BGCK announced on Jun. 19, 2020 that their summer camp programs would proceed. The news came at an uncertain time, as other summer day camp providers

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