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Burnaby opening new community resource centre named after former city councillor

"She was a champion for social causes and dedicated herself to the service of Burnaby residents"
Celeste Redman was a city councillor in Burnaby from 1990 to 2005.

Burnaby residents will soon have another community resource centre available to them. 

The new centre, expected to open early this year, will be located at 2038 Rosser Ave. and named after former-councillor Celeste Redman, who served on city council from 1990 to 2005 and was a passionate advocate for social causes.  

It will be located in the Brentwood Town Centre neighbourhood in a 42-storey high rise tower, part of Appia Developments' solo district project. 

The space is 4,231 square feet and will include Cameray Child and Family Services, a non-profit community-based agency that offers counselling, education, outreach and advocacy services. 

“I'm thrilled and my mother would be too,” Redman's daughter Mondee said in the announcement of the Celeste Redman Community Resource Centre. 

“She helped every person and animal in need that crossed her path. A community resource centre is a fitting way to remember her.”

The city says this is the second resource centre in the area and both are centrally located. 

The Brentwood Community Resource Centre (2055 Rosser Ave) houses Burnaby Community Services, Burnaby Meals on Wheels Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society and MOSAIC. 

“Cameray is thrilled to have been awarded this amazing opportunity and to be able to provide services that are more accessible to North Burnaby residents," Executive Director of Cameray Child and Family Services Tracey Rusnak said.

"We plan to offer parenting support services, victim support and counselling out of this new space, in addition to creating a new home for our administration offices. We are particularly excited about the much-needed group space, which will allow us to open our programs up to more families. Without the support of the City, we would have been unable to accomplish this, particularly in such a beautiful and accessible facility.”

Non-profits available at other resource centres including Burnaby Family Life Institute (McKercher), Burnaby/New Westminster Child Care Resource and Referral (Metrotown) and Afghan Women's Support Society (Edmonds).