The Optimist Club of North Dorchester “Youth Centre” was built at 1653 Richmond Street, Dorchester, Ontario in 1975.
The Optimist Club of North Dorchester is fortunate to own and operate this facility which is managed by the Board of Directors who employs, under contract, as Hall Manager reporting directly to the Board.
This facility provides a service to the community at large via hall and meeting room rentals with full kitchen facilities and bar. Therefore, there is a Hall Management Operations Manual in place outlining hall rental policies and rental rates.
The Optimist Club of North Dorchester is proud to sponsor and support many youth programs and services in our community. Annual funds are fundraised to provide: Graduation Awards and financial assistance to:
- Robotics Program
- STEM Program
Graduation Awards/Library/Special Projects:
In addition to community projects we also fully sponsor many programs that educate youth from leadership skills to bike safety.
Optimist Bike "Roadeo" is held each year in June at Northdale Central Public School, River Heights Public and St. David Separate Schools with over 200 children participating.
Optimist Junior Golf provides an opportunity for youth from our community to play golf and go on to a championship tournament.
HOBY Leadership. Local Grade 10 student attends a weekend at this exciting conference consisting of speaker panels, workshops and challenged thinking.
Youth Appreciation Events honour students from the local schools who have demonstrated the upholding of dignity of youth, shown sincere devotion to the welfare of others and generous and unselfish contribution to society.
Along with these sponsored programs, from time-to-time the Optimist members take on special initiatives that impact children and youth ranging from education to health. Our passion is bringing out the best in youth and we have great pride and fun fulfilling this goal.