The APSLEY VOICE
back in 1998 when the idea of the Lifelong Learning Centre was first discussed.
Many dedicated volunteers in partnership with three community organizations
came together; this collaboration was made up of Kawartha North Community
Internet Access (KNCIA), the North Kawartha Public Library, and Community
Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN). KNCIA, now known as Kawartha
North Innovations for Tomorrow or KNIT, provides the legal structure for
funding applications (incorporated not-for-profit). The Library provides
the space in exchange for our yearly contribution to overhead plus extensive
technical and personnel support. COIN administers Community Access Program
(CAP) funding from Industry Canada, provides strategic planning for the Peterborough
CAP network, and sources funding for new projects.
Currently the Learning Centre is at the end of a three-year Trillium Foundation grant. This grant along with fundraising and revenue generated through other services has allowed us to offer children’s programs, computer training, lectures and dinner series, a children’s computer camp, march break programs, a Christmas Strings in the Snow Concert, and many other community oriented programs and events.
R-Present...Effective March 1st the North Kawartha Lifelong Learning Centre was renamed the Resource Centre (RCentre). Clarifying our service as a resource to all businesses, students, and the community at large. Public access to high speed Internet is still our number one priority and in conjunction with this service we continue to offer computer training for all ages either in small groups or one on one, children’s Summer cyber camp, march break programs, academic tutoring, along with many services for local small and medium sized businesses are part of our mandate. Business services include web site design and setup, brochures, flyers, business card design, community website, events calendar, CD/DVD burning, high speed downloads, graphic design; fax service, printing, scanning, and computer repair. Also available are album to CD and VHS (non protected VHS) to DVD transfer. We are also now handling sales, subscription and graphic design for the Apsley Voice. In 2005 RCentre received over 1200 visitors, be it year round residents, seasonal visitors or someone passing through our community.
A great number of children and youth ranging from the very young to teenagers enjoyed the use of our 10 computers, either for the children’s programs, schoolwork or just communicating with distant friends. What a tremendous resource for the youth and youngsters in our community.
R-Future...Starting in April RCentre will begin a capital campaign to raise funds to allow us to keep the connection and continue to offer all of our great programs and events. Next time you are in the neighbourhood drop by the library, walk to the back and check out RCentre and ask us how you can help. The bottom line; “RCentre is Your Centre for rE-Source”, so lets not keep this great Community Resource a secret any longer. Shout it out from the roof tops tell all your friends and family, and help us keep the community connected, by supporting our fundraising events, volunteer your time, make a donation, bring us your business needs.
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