In the summer of 2006, Kimberly Buffitt and Laurette Gallibois made a request to the Coasters Association to administer a pilot project in the Municipalities of Bonne Esperance and St. Augustine to provide a six-week Summer Camp for youth. The summer camp entitled Kindness, Inspiration, Determination, Spirit, “KIDS”, has proven to be a great success. In 2007, the Coasters Association expanded the KIDS Summer Camp to two (2) additional communities (La Tabatière, and Blanc Sablon). In 2019, the Municipality of Blanc Sablon operated the camp in Blanc Sablon, and the Coasters Association delivered the camps in St. Paul’s River and La Tabatière.
The mission of the KIDS Summer Camp is to nurture and develop a safe and healthy environment. The Camp not only fulfills its mission but provides employment opportunities for our students who are furthering their education and assists the working families. It is a social, educational, environmental, cultural, community and historical development activity. It is also known that kids who are involved in summer activities (such as the camp) do better in the up-coming school year and participate more in community events.
At the start-up of the KIDS summer camp in 2006, Kimberly and I never envisioned having her daughter (Shae-Lynn Roberts), and my granddaughters (Ashley Roberts, Latesha Fequet) work at the camp, but they did, and this experience laid the foundation for future employment with the Coasters Association, and with support from partnering organizations, such as Cedfob, Steel River Group and I&S Seafood.
AND in 2021, 15 years later – with pride I had the opportunity to see my great-granddaugther, Aubree Woodland, attend the KIDS summer camp. A special thank you to Service Canada and Centre de services scolaire du Littoral and ALL our other funders (too many to name) throughout the years, for making Kimberly and Laurette’s dream become a reality. Hats off to you!
Executive Director, Cornella Maurice