Albion Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp

Making summer more than just fun

Summers for Imisi Oragesin and Kwaku Agyemang didn’t used to be all that exciting.

“I would be doing nothing,” admits Kwaku. “I was really bored.”

His friend, Imisi, agrees. “Most of the time I was just hanging around the community centre with my friends.”

But things changed when the two friends began attending the Albion Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp. Offered to kids ranging in age from six to 15 years old in the inner suburban neighbourhood of Jamestown, it’s one of the few summer programs available to kids in the area.

“There are a lot of families that don’t have the resources to send their kids to camp,” explains Khudaija Sheikh, program manager for United Way member agency Albion Neighbourhood Services, the agency that runs the camp. “And there aren’t a lot of options even if they did.”

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Albion camp brings out the best in kids and counsellors

Gurpreet Lall began volunteering at Albion Neighbourhood Servics- Albion Boys and Girls Club camp while in high school. It sparked a passion for teaching.....

When she began community service in high school, Gurpreet Lall didn’t imagine the experience would be a stepping stone to the future. Lall now 24, was a Grade 11 student at North Albion Collegiate Institute when a teacher suggested she volunteer at a neighbourhood summer day camp.

The teen didn’t hesitate. After all, her parents had instilled in her the importance of giving back to the community. Volunteering came naturally.

At Albion Neighbourhood Services - Albion Boys and Girls Club day camp, Lall knew she’d discovered a community treasure.

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Raising the Grade youth participants from Albion Boys and Girls Club in Toronto are having a great time interacting with peers and learning new digital skills in the Club’s new Rogers technology centre.

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Youth at Albion Boys and Girls Club explore the world of game design...

With the dawn of every new year, the residents of Etobicoke, Toronto and beyond often look toward resolutions of self betterment – from weight loss promises, to smoking cessation pledges, to vows to spend less and save more.

This year, The Guardian decided to explore what might happen if, as a community, the residents of Etobicoke took all that motivation and turned it outwards, towards their neighbours.

We asked three community leaders who spend their days working towards the betterment of Etobicoke – from the social service, faith, and police community – for advice on what Etobians can do to make their community better in 2013.

 Over at Albion Neighbourhood Services, director of programs and services Lisa Kostakis said improving the community is as simple as recognizing the assets already present in the community and working collaboratively to build upon them. In order to do so, Kostakis said all stakeholders – from residents, to volunteers, agencies, school boards, police, politicians, business owners – must all band together to make a difference 


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