The Weston Village Childcare has told their staff that they will lose their jobs on June 28, when the centre closes. The church that hosts them will be closing, and the childcare has been unable to find another space.
According to Kim Cross, the director, the childcare is in a terrible position: all the schools are full and the other churches in town are not suitable because they do not meet regulations. The current church presbytery has not been able to give them assurance that the childcare will be able to stay when the church is closed or is sold.
Cross said, “We’ve looked for alternate places; we’ve searched high and low. That’s where we’re at…. I’m completely exhausted. To get to this point is sad.”
Cross said that she has spoken to Frances Nunziata, Laura Albanese, and Chris Tonks; they have not been able to secure the daycare space. I know that Mike Sullivan’s office has been attending recent meetings too.
Dear readers, this cannot be allowed to happen. Weston Village Childcare is the only licensed non-profit childcare in town, and they provide an essential service. If it closes, fewer young, energetic couples will move to our village.
I see this as a failure of political and community will. There are spaces available in Weston. Frances Nunziata said in 2011 that “”Ninety per cent of the stores on Weston Road are vacant”. Clearly, that’s untrue, but there is no shortage of space in town. 35 King, for instance has had space for years. The postal exchange is vacant now. The old beer store, while not suitable for children, has been vacant for years.
Make this happen, readers. If we cannot find space for a nonprofit that helps children and employs women, then we, as a community, are doomed. The jobs of Weston’s daycare providers are in danger. Let the politicians know that their jobs are in danger too.
- Chris Tonks (416) 397-3098
- Frances Nunziata: (416) 392-4091
- Laura Albanese: (416) 243-7984
- Mike Sullivan: (416) 656-2526