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Something is cooking at Open Roads: New community kitchen unveiled to help with Best Start and childcare programs

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Kenora District Services Board Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall and Keewatin-Patricia District School Board Superindendent Caryl Hron wield giant scissors to cut the ribbon and offically open the new community kitchen at Open Roads School on Friday. Photos by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianso

Chef Dolly and chef Dorothy will be spending lots of time in the new kitchen.

Last Friday Open Roads School held a grand opening for their brand new kitchen. The project was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Education and was a partnership between the Kenora District Services Board and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

KPDSB Superintendent of Education Caryl Hron and KDSB Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall cut the ceremonial ribbon in the gym in front of a large crowd of students, teachers and community partners. 

“In partnership with the Best Start and Kenora District Services Board we got together and looked at what we needed to have for a kitchen that could be a community use kitchen for our students and for the child care program, the Best Start program, they provide food to all the community child care programs in Dryden,” said Hron. “So we got together and looked at what the plan was and it’s awesome to see the plan that we put in place come to fruition today.”

Over $400,000 in funding was used for the kitchen as well as to renovate the child care program area.

The partnership brings the Best Start and childcare programs under one roof.

“For the city of Dryden, the Kenora Service Board as well as the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board to come together and say ‘why don’t we take advantage of this opportunity?’ and we really did, we capitalized substantially, and it just speaks to what happens when you do things in partnership,” said Wall. “This is about families of Dryden and their children to make sure we have seamless service.”

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