Updated: Feb 23
as reported in the BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR - January 27, 2023
the full report is available online at: https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/plans-move-ahead-for-mohawk-lake-district
The City of Brantford recently held an information meeting about plans for the Mohawk Lake District, attended by representatives of Lansdowne Children's Centre.
Rita-Marie Hadley, executive director of Lansdowne, provided the audience with an update on the children's treatment centre's business case currently under review with the Ontario government. Lansdowne is pursuing Stage 1 Planning approval to progress through plans for a new building, to better meet the capacity needs of our region.
When Lansdowne moved into 39 Mount Pleasant Street in Brantford in 1998, we were providing service to 900 clients. As of 2022, Lansdowne serves over 3,000 clients and has over 2,200 more waiting for assessment or treatment.
The business case shares projections that, if left to the status quo, the wait list will grow to 13,500 families by the year 2041. That cannot be allowed to happen.
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) acknowledged these pressures in 2019, providing approval of functional planning support that allowed Lansdowne to submit an updated Major Capital Business Case in 2020, which Lansdowne has updated again in 2022.
Thank you to Mike Gatopoulos and Renee Cochrane of Lansdowne's Family Support Network, for speaking on behalf of all Lansdowne families at the recent County of Brant council meeting.
In April 2021, City of Brantofrd Council’s development committee supported a memorandum of understanding between the city and Lansdowne Children’s Centre and De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre to work toward agreements of purchase and sale of land in the district, a revitalization of a section of Eagle Place.
In December 2021, County of Brant councillors voted unanimously in favour of requesting from the provincial government stage one planning approval for Lansdowne’s plans.
“I know this is something that Lansdowne needs...”
Mayor David Bailey said at a recent council meeting.
full story available here: https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/brant-councillors-back-lansdowne-plans-for-new-home