The Chester and Area Family Resource Centre is a grass-roots organization which began in the summer of 1994 with the cooperation of the Public Health Department. A group of new parents volunteered to organize a New Parents Group, where children and parents came together once a month for socializing. The group was extremely propular and added a weekly playgroup.
After a telephone needs-assessment in the winter of 1995, the respondents indicated a Family Resource Centre would be supported by the community. The group formally incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit organization, and charitable status was granted in 1998 by the Government of Canada. The organization has always been run by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are elected at the Annual General Meeting each September.
We aim to be a sustainable organization that provides family and youth programs and services, to help improve community life in the Municipality of Chester and surrounding communities.