Read about what our members, families, youth and parents have to say about our Club.
The Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club provides a supportive, non-judgmental and welcoming environment for all children. The programming that The Boys and Girls Club provides is empowering and supports children finding their inner voice and self-confidence. The staff are empathetic and provide a safe place for all children to flourish and grow at their own pace. Program leaders are well versed in their field and excited to bring new and leading-edge programming to the children. Special needs children have a place where they are seen as leaders and encouraged to grow and strive to meet their goals.
As a parent, it is heartwarming to know that I am dropping my special needs child off to a program where she will be treated with the utmost respect and welcomed with open arms. It is wonderful to observe an environment for my child to have a place to be herself and never have to worry about being judged. The program facilitators treat my daughter as an equal and make her feel like she is among friends.
When I was making arrangements to head back to school, I was nervous about finding childcare for my two children. The Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club was the first place I researched, and I did not need to search any further. Both of my children could go to the same place (ZAP program and Tiny Toes Daycare), and both of their needs were addressed. I drop my children off now (two years later), and I am not concerned about their safety or well-being for the remainder of the day.
The ladies that work at the FMBGC are kind and attentive to my children. Both age groups are consistently playing outside, doing a wide range of activities, not to mention developing relationships and social skills. In a city where we do not have any family, the FMBGC has become family to us. They are an invaluable resource to families in this community, and my family looks forward to including them in our future.Rebeka Sullivan
I appreciate the ZAP program, it is wonderful for my son Jayden who joined the club in November 2014. I saw his confidence level grow rapidly. He loves to join ZAP after school, and has been actively involved in the program’s activities. I am always grateful for the ZAP staff, activities and the wonderful care that children receive. I am especially thankful for the assistance he gets with his homework. As an only parent, there is no way that I could bring him home after work and get all his homework done. The ZAP program at the Boys and Girls Club of Fort McMurray has been impressive in loving and caring while dedicating to raise leaders of tomorrow.
The ZAP Program is the best place to go after school. The staff members are always passionate about children. They know what to do when children face challenges or are emotional. The ZAP class room is always clean and I have noted positive relationships among the children and the staff since my son joined the club. Since joining the ZAP program, my son has been successful in improving many aspects of life such as confidence, listening skills, writing and following rules.
I must say the ZAP program is a wonderful place for my son to be, while I am at work. I have seen my son develop interpersonal skills because friendship at ZAP has no boundaries. I am also grateful that the summer camp at the club has always been available for my child. I could never have a better choice than at the boys and girls club.