Newly opened community hub provides social services more efficiently and effectively

RENFREW – More than 100 elected representatives, staff and residents gathered for the official opening of the newly reconfigured social services building in Renfrew on January 15.

The purpose of the $500,000 renovation is provide a common-counter for Renfrew and area residents to receive assistance from county delivered Child Care and Early Years, Ontario Works and Renfrew County Housing Corporation programs.

Gathered for the ceremony in the reception area of the 31,000 square feet building, the County of Renfrew CAO, Paul Moreau, acknowledged that the building stands on the traditional lands of the Algonquins and invited Barb Sarazin to say a few words.

Sarazin introduced herself.

“I’m with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan,” Sarazin said. “One of their councillors. I also sit on the board of directors of the Family and Children Services of Renfrew County.”

She welcomed everyone.

“It’s important that all of us remember not only the land we are connected to but how we are connected to each other and how we all stand strong together and not separated. And that we see each other as human beings that we were meant to be because the Creator created us that way.

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