The Southwest Day Care and Early Learning Centre initially planned a simple renovation of their 4th avenue SW location, but costs and complexity soon increased as structural and sewer issues were uncovered during the renovation. 

“A seemingly cosmetic update to our building in May 2023, turned into an ever-unfolding project with more hurdles and surprises than we could have ever imagined. For the safety of our children and staff, we immediately closed the doors to our building,” said Lucille Gilliland, Executive Director of Southwest Day Care. 

The building's repair plan requires a new roof structure and a complete rebuild of the main floor interior. In late November, issues with the buildings' cast iron sewer lines required replacement, expanding the project's scope and cost.  

“Despite continued extensive effort to explore every cost savings and funding opportunity, the final anticipated price for all necessary repairs and expenses, exceeds our current financial capability,” said Stephanie Ramsey, Chairperson for Southwest Day Care Board of Directors. 

The organization needs to raise at least $200,000 to cover the costs of the necessary building repairs and the additional expenses incurred.  

A fundraising campaign has been launched and they are calling on the community to help meet their goal. Included in this plan is a Rib & Caesar night on Friday, April 26 with a penny parade, silent auction and 50/50 draws to take place at the event.  

Tickets for the Rib & Caesar night are $25 and can be purchased through Centre families or by calling (306) 681-3838 

The Southwest Day Care and Early Learning Centre is one of the oldest Day Care Centers in Moose Jaw, having been in operation since 1975. When at full capacity, it cares for 54 children between 18 months to 12 years, with 25 per cent of their enrollment dedicated to children with special needs and medical issues.