Youth-run bistro in the plans

Pacific Centre Family Services Association has applied for a $25,000 grant to open a bistro at the West Shore Child, Youth and Family Centre

Mitzi Dean

Preparing hot healthy food may be the opportunity high-risk youth on the West Shore need to make a fresh start.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association has applied for a $25,000 grant from the provincial government to open a bistro at the West Shore Child, Youth and Family Centre on Wale Road.

“The program would need to be subsidized,” said Mitzi Dean, the associations executive director.

The concept hasn’t been completely pinned down, but Dean would like to see high-risk and other interested youth work at the proposed cafe to gain experience.

The eatery would likely be staffed with youth 13 to 19 years old who do not attend school and need something to keep them busy and interacting in the community. A co-ordinator would be hired.

Opportunities are open for teens to explore any area of interest. For instance, Dean explains youth with a passion for design could design the menu or logo.

“We want to help kids build their resume and give back to the community,” Dean said. “We want this to be a place where youth feel connected. We want to promote engagement with youth, the bistro is just sitting empty right now.”

The building was built in 2005 with the small bistro and large commercial kitchen. The bistro was operating about six years ago with limited hours. That was before Dean worked at the facility.

“We are delighted the bistro will be used for a program for youth. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills, and contribute to the community,” said Jessica Woollard, communications officer for Children’s Health Foundation.  “The bistro is a wonderful example of collaboration that benefits youth in the community.”

Dean spoke to the seven tenants, with more than 100 employees, in the building. All appear eager for a bistro. Aside from staff, the building gets families travelling through daily for appointments and programs.

“This is a stroller park,” Dean explained, of the programs operating out of the facility include the Best Babies program.

“Moms could come for a program and then stay for a coffee and a healthy snack.”

The project could also help local farmers she said.

“We would also like to fit this into West Shore food security system. We could do local sourcing within 10 kilometres.”

The association expects to hear back from the provincial government at the end of March about the grant application.

If the grant is denied, Dean is already working on a plan B.

Dean would like to hear from businesses or food producers interested in being a part of the proposed project. For more information call Dean at 250-478-8357.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Four vehicle crash on Sooke Road snarls traffic in Colwood

Sooke Road reopens to traffic in both direction

Belmont students, staff reunite family with long-lost war medal

Medal belonged to Sharon Hoover’s great-great uncle

Students learn valuable lessons at the 10,000 Tonight food drive

Leadership students embrace community events at Royal Bay Secondary

Santa hits West Shore streets with local fire departments

Firefighters help to raise food and cash for a worthwhile cause

Lost Victoria: Story of the Crystal Palace

Historian Stuart Stark launches book about iconic Oak Bay structure that was lost to flames

VIDEO: That’s a wrap: Be a Santa to a Senior packages ready to go out

Program hands out more than 600 gifts to Greater Victoria seniors

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

Island entering the peak of flu season

Island Health says flu shots the best prevention against the virus

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Most Read