Dryden Native Friendship Centre opening Aboriginal Best Start Hub

The Aboriginal Best Start Hub hosted its grand opening at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) on Oct. 31. Pictured above are DNFC staff accompanied by parents and their children dressed in their Halloween best. Photo by Lindsey Enns

Story by Lindsey Enns

To add to its already long list of programs and services, the Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) will open its doors to the community once again to host the grand opening celebration of an Aboriginal Best Start Hub right here in Dryden.

“This is a wonderful example of what happens when you bring together people in our community who work with children and families,” Kieran McMonagle, program manager and Aboriginal Best Start Hub coordinator at the DNFC said.

“The Aboriginal Best Start Hub is a place where families can come to find both mainstream and culturally appropriate programs and services that are available in our community.”

The celebration will take place on Oct. 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the DNFC located at 74 Queen Street. Aboriginal Best Start Hub services will be spread among three Aboriginal organizations within the city of Dryden including the DNFC, Métis Nation of Ontario and the Ontario Native Women’s Association.

“All three sub-hubs are welcoming places where families with young children can explore a variety of early learning programs during drop-in or scheduled groups.  Workshops and information are also offered on parenting and child development and over time the hub will be able to incorporate more services for families by strengthening their linkages with other community services and organizations,” McMonagle said.

All families, community members and children up to age six are welcome to join the celebration and take a tour of the Aboriginal Best Start Hub on Oct. 31.

For more information about the grand opening or Aboriginal Best Start Hub services and programs, you can contact Kieran McMonagle by calling 807-223-4180 ext. 2237.

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