“I see a lot of moms and dads on Facebook talking about the amount of work that the CDC has done for their kids,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said before the proclamation was made. “The ability for a parent to come to you with their child and just have an assessment done or whatever it takes, regardless of the news, it settles their hearts when they’re no longer dealing with the unknown.”

Executive Director of the CDC Penny Gagnon says this year’s addition of 80 seats is just the beginning of a much larger expansion.

“Our numbers keep rising, as you all know, and with some of the recent announcements and the economic growth in Fort St. John, we’re expecting sort of another surge of families needing help who will be accessing the Child Development Centre,” Gagnon says.

The CDC is hosting another talent show on March 6, 2015 at the North Peace Cutural Centre. Their hope is to raise $100,000 in support of the continued cost associated with Project-Build-a-Fort and the development of future initiatives.

The CDC was established in Fort St. John in 1973 and is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year.