VIDEO: Langley’s last smelter opens to provide youth health services

Aboriginal singers marked the opening of the Langley Foundry on Eastleigh Crescent on Tuesday July 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Lorena Rodriguez, assistant medical office administrator at Foundry Langley, will likely be the first person many customers see when they visit the new facility.  The foundry officially opened on Tuesday, July 19 in Langley City.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Lorena Rodriguez, assistant medical office administrator at Foundry Langley, will likely be the first person many customers see when they visit the new facility. The foundry officially opened on Tuesday, July 19 in Langley City. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
One of many One of many “chat rooms” that provide a calming space for counseling at Foundry Langley, a new youth mental health facility that officially opened on Tuesday, July 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Staff at their desk at Foundry Langley, a new youth mental health facility, which officially opened on Tuesday July 19.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Staff at their desk at Foundry Langley, a new youth mental health facility, which officially opened on Tuesday July 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Foundry Langley, which aims to support young people with a wide variety of health-related services, officially opened on Tuesday July 19 in Langley City.

“Young people are facing immense pressures and health challenges, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, the toxic drug crisis and climate emergencies,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions . “Foundry Langley will be a beacon for young people where they will get the help they need, when they need it, right in their own community.”

Located at 20616 Eastleigh Crescent in Langley City, it will be operated by the Encompass Support Services Society and is the thirteenth foundry center to open in British Columbia.

Loren Roberts, executive director of operations at Encompass, said: “Langley is going to show you that 13 is not something you have to be superstitious about.”

In attendance was Langley City resident Mike Gee, who raised thousands of dollars for the center through the Seamus Gee Legacy Project, founded to honor the memory of his late son.

“Today is a great day for the community, for the young people,” Gee told the Langley Advance Times.

“It is very necessary and long overdue.”

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson and Langley MPP Andrew Mercier were among the speakers at the official opening on Tuesday, July 19 of Foundry Langley, a new youth mental health facility.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson and Langley MPP Andrew Mercier were among the speakers at the official opening on Tuesday, July 19 of Foundry Langley, a new youth mental health facility. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Langley City Mayor Val van den Broek was also present, noting that she had raised funds for the project through her Mayors Gala.

“It’s been a long time coming,” van den Broek remarked, calling it a “fantastic” project.

Foundry will provide everything from help with substance abuse issues to sexual health services, mental health services and general health assistance.

Local politicians and officials gathered for the opening, which began with a song by native singers.

“The opening of Foundry Langley is huge for our community,” said Andrew Mercier, MPP for Langley. “It means young people can reach out and get quick access to the mental health, wellness and addictions supports they need and deserve.”

The establishment of the center was supported by the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, which is 90% of its goal to raise $2.1 million in donor funding for the renovation of the building that the center occupies. It will also provide funding that will help Foundry create flexible programs as needed to support young people.

The province provided $800,000 in funding to establish the center and will provide annual funding for operations and services.

The same day Langley Foundry opened, the province announced that a new Tri-Cities Foundry, serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, was planned. It will be operated by the Share Family and Community Services Society.

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More photos from the opening can be viewed on the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.


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