It is a project that had been in the works for a number of years. Now, a new facility to accommodate the Multiworks Vocational Training Corporation’s day program in Meadow Lake is officially open.
Local MLA Jeremy Harrison, on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, joined dignitaries and community members to celebrate the grand opening Thursday.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to helping people with disabilities lead fulfilled lives and contribute to the Saskatchewan economy,” Harrison said in a news release. “This facility provides the means to expand and improve Multiwork’s programming to support people now and into the future and I commend them for the great work they have been doing in the Meadow Lake area.”
Multiworks is a non-profit organization that has provided residential, vocational and recreational supports to people with intellectual disabilities in the Meadow Lake area since 1978. They worked with a local developer and secured the new building for the participants to continue their existing day program. Since 2002, Multiworks has been doing work for a local mill and recently decided to enhance the partnership with a commitment to increased production. The existing day program building will be used as the production site, which will enable eight to 10 individuals with intellectual disabilities to receive full-time and part-time employment.
“Multiworks has been working on this project for about eight years, utilizing the best practices from across the province, community consultations, future needs forecasts, and exploring facility options,” Multiworks’ executive director Dave Thickett said in a release. “We are delighted that, with the support of our partnerships, this dream has finally come true. We are proud to be able to help people with disabilities pursue their goals. This facility enables us to do many new things and provide better supports, both now and well into the future.
The 11,200 square foot facility was built on the corner of Third St. W and Centre St. It houses administrative offices, educational spaces, a new kitchen, space for musical and art equipment and it also has a garage for the Handi-van that is funded by the City of Meadow Lake. It is also equipped with accessible bathroom facilties for clients, something that was lacking in the previous space on Sargent Ave. Multiworks will receive more than $2 million in 2018-19 from the provincial government, including $96,737 for the building lease costs of the project.
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