Organization days away from move to permanent location
Boxes are being packed and items sorted through at the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) office in Ancaster as staff members prepare for the organization’s move to its new location.
After more than 50 years in operation the OACS will move to its permanent home at 790 Shaver Road in Ancaster April 7. The new location is near the current building, which the organization was leasing and was sold to a large development company.
“Everybody’s packing up boxes, we are making decisions on what is going to be moving to the new building and what’s going into storage,” says Tena Boven, OACS executive assistant.
The OACS membership voted to accept a board proposal in March 2007 to purchase the 1.5 acres of land that has two functional buildings.
“It’s exciting to be in our own building and not having to lease anymore,” says Larry Lutgendorff, OACS director of development.
He says they were amazed that the cost of purchasing compared to leasing was negligible, adding the organization benefits from a permanent home and equity.
The OACS will be using the administrative building on the property, while the second building will continue to be rented to a tenant for a few months. This allows time for permits and renovation plans to move forward on what will be the CAM (Community Access Multimedia) Centre, a community piece of property with resources to help build Christian education in Ontario.
The CAM Centre is expected to open fall 2010, and the capital campaign is ongoing.
“It’s like a new beginning for all of us,” says Boven, noting the challenge of moving to a new space involves a lot of re-arranging.
“It will be nice to get into the new facility, I’m looking forward to getting into that new building and having a whole new fresh approach, new fresh feel to the organization,” says Lutgendorff.
During the transition the OACS phones will be down for April 7 and hope to be back by April 9.
The OACS is hosting an open house at its new location Sat. April 25 following its learning conference. The open house will have a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception.
“The public can come in and see this culmination of many, many years of looking for a permanent home for OACS,” says Boven.