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Wood’s Homes students impress with hand-built playhouse

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Wood’s Homes has been part of the fabric of the Bowness community since 1921. Originally an orphanage, then a group home, Wood’s Homes now provides treatment for youth requiring children’s protection services and their families.Five young students from Wood’s Homes have been involved in a fun and challenging skill development opportunity. For about five months now, the small group has been helping Chris Sawchuk, school support counsellor at the George Wood Learning Centre, build a playhouse. It’s looking so nice that Candace Reimer, a Wood’s Homes team leader, asked if she could move her office into it.

An important piece of the work at Wood’s Homes is helping young people develop to achieve their potential and become productive members of the community. This project was geared at teaching the youth new construction skills, including reading a blueprint, framing, installing roofing, doors and windows and working with drywall. All of these skills will help take them into the workforce and they can add this learning experience to their portfolios.

The playhouse, still in its final stages of construction, is set to be among the auction items at the Wood’s Homes 13th Annual Children’s Benefit Dinner on Sept. 25 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary.

For more information about Wood’s Homes, please visit ­www.woodshomes.ca.

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