A youth wellness hub could be coming to Kapuskasing in the future. A presentation was made by the Timmins hub officials Anne Vincent and Trisha Turner on Monday evening that outlined the program and the next steps council needs to take. Mayor Dave Plourde says a hub is important now more than ever in the Kapuskasing.

“Prior to COVID arguably, there was a need and I think after certainly there is,” he said. “I think our youth have needs that are often not identified and I think it is important that there is something like this to assist them.”

A hub is space for youth aged 12 to 25 to access bilingual services such as counselling, mentorship, life skills and much more. Programs are offered at a variety of different locations with help of community partners. Vincent suggested to council that summer students could be used to create youth wellness popups in Kapuskasing to test out ideas and where the hubs could be located.

Plourde says the hub is an excellent fit for this community.

“There are all kinds of examples of why the youth would need what’s being offered by the youth wellness hub right now,” he said. “I think it’s imperative that we get this in place.”