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A new start for the Guy-Lacombe Institute of the family


After a period of internal crisis, theGuy-Lacombe Institute of the Family (IGLF) is repositioning itself with more extended services, under the leadership of a new general manager, Sarah Arlène Nyakeru.

Carol Offi

The IGLF general manager wants a new influence for its structure. Credit: Carol Offi

Friday, September 4 in the rotunda of the Cité francophone in Edmonton, the organization launched new services and presented its vision for the well-being of Francophone families, in the presence of the Chair of the Board of Directors, Carolyn Elias and partner organizations.

Indeed, since April 1, 2020, the IGLF has become a family resource center with a two-year mandate, which involves the care of children and adolescents up to the age of 18.

Previously, the services offered were limited to children from 0 to 6 years old, mentioned the Executive Director, Sarah Arlène Nyakeru. Services for teens will be mentoring workshops to prepare them for adulthood.

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Parental educational approach

Another novelty is support for parents in their approach to parental education. Through this new positioning, Ms. Nyakeru wants to undo the image of the institute as a daycare. “The institute is not a daycare, it is really much more than that. We will have this approach for the next few months, ”she said.

Yao Datté Coordonnateur IGLF
Yao Datté, IGLF Coordinator. Credit: Carol Offi

In addition to the new programs, including the Family Resource Center and the Development of Children and Youth, regular services are maintained, namely the after-school daycare service and the library, added coordinator Yao Datté. The organization has also recruited a social worker to provide home visits as part of the support to families. According to the coordinator, all of this is a big challenge that he and his team are ready to take on.

On this occasion, the team was introduced and beneficiary families expressed their satisfaction. For Anne-Marie, mother of 3 children present, this center is a source of relief. “As soon as I give birth, instead of staying at home, I come here. After the activities, the mothers chat. I made a lot of friends, ”she said. The IGLF became the first French-language family support center in northern Alberta in 2007.


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