“We just try to fill in gaps and respond to needs as they arise,” said Cathy Ashby of the Glengarry Inter Agency Group Inc (GIAG).
The Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC), with locations in Morrisburg and Iroquois, is a government funded program that falls under the ‘umbrella’ of the GIAG.
“It’s an umbrella organization with a volunteer board,” said Ashby. GIAG is based in Alexandria, but has expanded outward to include other areas in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
According to Ashby, GIAG “applied to be the lead organization for that (OEYC). We became involved in child care helping out the Morrisburg District Cooperative Preschool.”
“Instead of cancelling the Iroquois School Age program, we’ve carried on. The Learning Centre now has four school age child care programs.”
According to their website, GIAG was established in 1976 as a “non-profit community organization” whose goals include increasing visibility, excellence, continuity, and program development.
Some of the services offered under the umbrella of the GIAG are: the Ontario Early Years Centre for SD&G; the Learning Centre for SD&G; various youth programs in Glengarry and Dundas; employment services for Glengarry; and, seniors’ programs for North and South Glengarry. “It is an unique agency whose programs span a lifetime.”
“People across SD&G and the GIAG are truly ‘Together on life’s journey,’” commented Ashby.