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Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
Our Core Values
We welcome everyone in a safe, accepting environment based on belonging and positive relationships.
We ensure that everyone – children, youth, families, volunteers, staff – is heard, respected, valued and treated fairly.
Encouragement and Support
We encourage and support every child and youth to play, learn and grow to achieve their dreams.
We work together with young people, families, volunteers, our communities and government.
We speak out for children, youth and families so that we can make our world better.
After/out of school programs for children and youth of all ages. Programs run in safe spaces with positive role models promoting personal growth and development activities.
About This Cause
History of St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club
St. Alban’s Boys Sports Club was founded by Toronto Police Inspector W.H. (Bill) Bolton in 1949. His vision was to provide a safe environment for youth through recreation. The Club began with 25 boys in the basement of St. Alban’s Parish Hall.
During the late fifties, the Club’s membership expanded to 300 boys and beyond the capacity of the parish hall. The board, members and staff contributed substantially towards the cost of a new building and, with land donation by the City of Toronto, the construction began. On October 17, 1961, George Vanier, the Governor General of Canada at the time, officially opened the new Club at 843 Palmerston Avenue. That same year, St. Alban’s was accepted as a member agency of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Although girls had been a part of the club since 1960, it was not until 1978 that that Club was renamed St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club.
In 1999, St. Alban’s merged with Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, which allowed for stability, growth and consistent approaches for each Club. With this successful outreach model we continued to grow to offer much needed children and youth programs in over 20 locations in the Jane and Finch, Weston-Mount Dennis, Lawrence Heights and Bathurst and Dupont communities.
In 2013, the Club opened our next generation building project – The Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club Youth Centre. The Club is working on an innovative new Youth Centre being built out of portable/modular structure in our Weston Mount Denis Community hopefully open in 2018.