Community collaboration brought local organizations together for a successful Kick-Off to Summer event at the Estevan Early Years Family Resource Centre (EEYFRC). The event celebrated relationships with other non-profit organizations in the community, raised funds for individual groups, and generated excitement for the summer months as the school year wrapped up.

EEYFRC executive director Sydney Wanner explained that the event was a huge success, bringing in 400 people, a notable increase from the number of attendees last year.

She added that EEYFRC is dedicated to working with other non-profits in the community and that the event wouldn’t have been a success without their contributions. The Estevan Humane Society served taco in a bag, the Estevan Public Youth Centre brought frozen treats, and the Souris Valley Museum provided cotton candy.

“We credit them a lot too. The Estevan Humane Society actually sold out of their taco in a bag, so we couldn't have asked for a better turnout,” Wanner said.

Wanner noted that RBC has been a consistent partner to EEYFRC, not only volunteering but also making a $1,500 donation.

“They are constantly coming down to help with parties and giving us those donations. So they do an amazing job every time and we appreciate it big time,” Wanner added.

The event featured both outdoor and indoor activities, including a petting zoo and face painting. A local EMT attended with an ambulance for the children to explore.

EEYFRC has a busy summer ahead as they prepare for a multitude of summer camps, which have already filled up, alongside their regular programming.

“A huge thank you to the community for coming out and supporting those other local non-profits as well. We’re just so grateful to be part of such a supportive community,” Wanner said.