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About KLPC


The centre opened it's doors in 1996 the following is

A brief History of Kawartha Lakes Pregnancy Centre

A seed is planted

In September of 1994 Lee Parker (founding director) was dropping her daughter off at high school. She saw a young pregnant girl going into the school and started wondering what kind of help was available to girls who were facing an unplanned pregnancy. She found out about the Crisis Pregnancy ministry through Focus on the Family. With the help and direction from Focus and other Centres that were already operating in Ontario, she was able to put together a steering committee. The committee worked on developing a constitution, mission statement, applying for charitable status and started raising funds to open a Centre.

Germinates

A Board of Directors was formed and they hired Lee as the Centre Director and the Centre was opened up in September 1996 at 248 Kent St. W. in a second floor apartment. In that first year the Centre helped about 35 young women.

Grows and Flourishes

We now have over a hundred new clients a year and have over 1000 visits to the Centre in a year.
In November 1999 we moved to our present location at 241 Kent Street W. The additional space has made running the Centre more effective. We are now finding that we could use even more space to run some of our programs.

Bears Fruit

One of the first clients to come to the Centre was the young woman Lee saw going into the high school that day she was dropping her daughter off. She had married the baby’s father and was pregnant again. She had just left the marriage because of extreme physical abuse that had been directed at both her and her daughter. We still have contact with her. She has remarried a wonderful man and they have a number of children and foster children and are doing well.

In 1998 the Centres in Canada formed a national organization called the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services or CAPSS. We have been members since the beginning. They provide training for Directors, Boards and material for training volunteers.

In the summer of 2000 Lee discovered she had cancer. Susan took over as interim Director in what we all hoped would be for no longer than a year. God had other plans and Lee died in September 2001. Susan Somers became the Executive Director of the Centre.