Dignitaries gathered Friday morning for the official opening of the YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton's Leadership Challenge Centre, located within a newly renovated Learning and Career Centre at the former George Perry School on Oakdale Ave. in Sarnia.
Among those who offered greetings and commentary on the new facility were YMCA CEO Jim Janzen, who thanked those who helped make possible renovations and additions to the facility, including a new HVAC system, upgrades to electrical, plumbing and fire systems.
Construction of barrier-free access points was also part of a total project cost of $2.8 million, $425,000 of which came from the federal and provincial government, the balance coming from a fundraising campaign and budgeted funds.
Janzen focused on how Sarnia-Lambton has come on board to make the facility possible.
Barry Hogan of Gamble Insurance was part of a group from the YMCA who spearheaded the community fundraising campaign.
Pat Davidson, MP for Sarnia-Lambton, said the facility is one that the community can take pride in having built.
Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton, also spoke.
Lambton County Warden Steve Arnold brought greetings on behalf of his fellow councillors at the county level.