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Posted: January 31, 2017

Youth Club thanks college and EMCO

The Youth Impact Cycling Club would like to thank the College of the Rockies and EMCO for generously fabricating and donating a bike stand for the program.

According to Lynnette Wray, Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club Executive Director, “the Youth Impact Cycling Club is a new aspect of our programming for youth, and we were so pleased that the 2016 College of the Rockies summer welding camp was able to take on this project for us. EMCO was very generous in their donation of high-quality materials for the bike stand, and the college was amazing to work with.”

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“This was a perfect project for our welding students to work on,” said College of the Rockies Welding instructor, Ken McKay. “Not only did it allow our students to complete the required fabrication experience needed for their program but we were also able to meet a community need. It is our hope that the Boys and Girls Club will enjoy the use of the bike rack for many years to come.”

Jack Moes, College of the Rockies’ Dean of Trades and Technology, added, “Whenever possible, we like to use project-based learning in our trades training – it gives students an opportunity to develop and practice their skills with a tangible and useful product at the end. When the project results in something useful for a community group like the Boys and Girls Club, so much the better – it helps develop some service and citizenship values in our students, and it helps the college stay connected with our community.”

The Youth Impact Cycling Club used the donated bike stand extensively during the summer of 2016, and plans are already underway for the upcoming 2017 summer biking season. According to Tim Matwey, Youth Impact Manager, “The youth had a great time with the 2016 Cycling Club. In addition to local trails in the Community Forest and Rails to Trails, we also explored trails in Wasa, Wardner, Wycliffe, and the Kimberley Nature Park.”

Youth Impact offers free after-school and summer programming for youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years. For more information about Youth Impact, please contact Tim Matwey by phone at 778-517-5568 or by email at [email protected] . For more information about Youth Impact as well as the other programs offered by the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club, please visit our website at

The Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club has a 47-year history of offering successful programs for children and youth in Cranbrook. As a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the mission of the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

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