How much do people care about child care? A lot. Mr. Gibson's donation shows how much people do care about quality child care for children. Congratulations to Pladec and many thanks to Larry Gibson!
Pladec Day Care Centre (in Kingston Ontario), a not-for-profit organization has been saved from closing its doors thanks to the generous support of Kingston philanthropist, Larry Gibson. In October 2006, Pladec was faced with having to close due to unsafe conditions in their building. This would have resulted in a loss of 29 daycare spots for the ; community. In the spring of 2007, Mr. Larry Gibson came forth to guarantee Pladec's mortgage to allow them to purchase a building to call home. In addition to the original 29 daycare spots, the new building would be able to accommodate 11 new ones, bringing our total spots to 40 children.
Once we were settled, Mr Larry Gibson informed us he was donating $500,000.00 to Pladec so we could pay off our mortgage and all outstanding renovation costs, leaving Pladec Debt Free. This allowed us to use funds originally budgeted for debt repayment, for programming and raises in salaries for our dedicated teachers.
On Friday October 17th Pladec will be celebrating the beginning of a new and exciting journey at the newly renamed Larry Gibson Centre of Excellence in Early Education where Mr. Gibson will present Pladec with a cheque for $500,000. The grand opening will commence at 4:30 pm with tours of our newly renovated building and a special presentation by children from our pre-school group.