Beaver Valley Outreach – 40 years in the community

In 1983, a small group of women in the Town of The Blue Mountains realized there was a need to offer help in the form of programs, food and clothing to community members in need. Beaver Valley Outreach has grown to be a vital, respected organization within the Blue Mountains community.

Carolyn Letourneau is the BVO Executive Director. Norine Baron is an original Board Director and remains an active participant in the day-to-day activities. Carolyn and Norine are two of the many team members that represent the well tuned engine that drives this outstanding facility. The BVO web site states that counting volunteers, program participants and partners, it is estimated that two out of every three Town of The Blue Mountain residents have some sort of connection to BVO. This certainly shows the strength of the organization and generosity of the town residents.

Beaver Valley Outreach Executive Director Carolyn Letourneau with Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson in the clothing section of BVO.

BVO’s Executive Director Carolyn Letourneau said their new location along highway 26 in Thornbury has allowed the centre to expand to meet the growing needs of the community. The centre, celebrating its 40th year of service, is many things to many people. Services include the operation of a breakfast club to make sure local students start their day with something good to eat.

Norine Baron is an original board member of Beaver Valley Outreach, and she continues to welcome visitors to BVO on a regular basis 40 years later.
Carolyne Letourneau and Norine Baron gave me a tour of the facility
… and these are the smiling, familiar faces you will see when you visit Beaver Valley Outreach

The sign in the window says “volunteers needed.” Volunteering can be as simple as dropping off returnable bottles, non-perishable food items, clothing, dishes or to help out in many other areas including the Treasure Shop. Visit the Beaver Valley Outreach website to learn more about this valuable community organization and for more information about programs and services.