A permanent facility for the Brock Community Health Centre has moved one step closer to reality after a sizable donation from Durham Region.
In a press release, CHC officials said they were please to recognize financial contribution from the Region, which will cover 25 per cent of the community component of the capital project up to a maximum of $225,000.
“The Region of Durham is pleased to provide support and capital funding to assist Brock Community Health Centre,” said Durham Regional Chair aGerri Lynn O’Connor.
“In an area that is currently underserviced, this support will increase access to valued core health care services.”
Brock CHC’s capital project will see construction of a 21,000-square-foot health care facility for the residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas. The new centre will accommodate organizational programs and services. It will also provide a community health hub for Durham’s northern communities, increasing access to allied health care services and community organizations.
The facility – which will be located at 39 Cameron Street West in Cannington – will be constructed on land currently owned by Brock CHC. Construction of the building is anticipated to take approximately 18 to 24 months.
“The Board of Directors of the Brock Community Health Centre is very appreciative of the support offered by the Region of Durham to kickoff our fundraising efforts. We are excited to take the next steps in the process of finally establishing a permanent home for Brock CHC that will continue to serve the residents of Brock and the surrounding area as it has done for the past ten years,” said Brock Regional Councillor Ted Smith, who also serves as chair of the CHC’s board of directors.
“The Region of Durham has been very supportive of Brock Community Health Centre’s capital project and we are very grateful. We look forward to a lasting partnership as we continue to strive to provide much needed programs and services in the Township of Brock,” added Janet McPherson, the organization’s executive director.
The announcement of the funding came just prior to the CHC’s launch of its capital campaign. While the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Health Capital Investment Branch is funding the majority of the building costs (estimated at $9.7 million dollars), Brock CHC is responsible for the non-shared costs of the project, currently estimated at $600,000. The organization has recently issued an RFP for a Capital Campaign Consultant to work with Brock CHC’s Board of Directors, community volunteers and staff to develop a multi-faceted capital campaign and fundraising strategy to achieve its capital campaign target.