The Community & Youth Centre hosts many activities for both young and old. It also provides office space for rent; rental rooms for meetings, birthday parties, and many other events.
It has a computer room, games room and one of the best equipped fitness rooms on the island.
The Centre hosts an Annual Golf Tournament at Frenchman's Cove Golf Course which is always well supported.
Community-Youth Centre Story
When a school closes, what does a community do with the empty building?
Many schools across Newfoundland have been closed or phased out for various reasons in recent years. What happens to those abandoned buildings? The town of Fortune found an interesting, and practical, solution to this puzzle.
The wood-framed, brick-faced building on Benson Street, Fortune, has evolved from a single purpose to a multi-purpose facility. It has expanded from the training of young minds to the maintenance of healthy minds and bodies of all ages.
Under the name of Fortune Collegiate, its sole mandate was the formal education of the town's youth. Now, as the Fortune Community & Youth Centre, it meets a much broader range of needs. It provides a variety of programs for everyone. There are social, educational, cultural and recreational activities for the young and the young-at-heart.
On the afternoon of 7 November 1969, the Honourable Dr. Fred Rowe, Minister of Education, officially opened Fortune Collegiate. At a cost of $350,000, it was one of the most modern schools in the province at that time. T. Alex Hickman, MHA for Burin District, also addressed the gathering of nearly 400 people. Meanwhile, Dr. Rowe was also the guest speaker for some 200 dinner guests later that evening.
Throughout the years, students of Fortune Collegiate were offered the best in high school education. Frequent changes were made to the curriculum in order to provide the best possible choice of available courses. The school made every attempt to keep up with the demands of a constantly progressing system.
Students were given the opportunity to avail of many extra-curricular activities as well. In addition to various sports, there were active drama and chess clubs, participation in school science fairs, and public speaking competitions, etc.
These students won many awards, trophies and medals for their efforts. All participants gained honour for themselves, the school, and the town, just by their representation.
On 22 February 1985, Fortune Collegiate held one of the first Grade 12 graduation ceremonies in the province, with 34 graduates. It was a very proud moment for everyone.
The young men and women who studied within the classrooms and halls of Fortune Collegiate have moved on to other things. Many of them have found rewarding careers in such things as the fields of medicine, computers, business, education, and specialized technical trades. Each and every one of them is a credit to their educational training and to the town.
During the early 1990's, various evening classes were conducted at Fortune Collegiate. This was under the direction of Eastern College (now College of the North Atlantic). Other courses were later offered by Keyin Technical College.
By 1990 there was growing concern over the future of the school. Like other schools across the province, rapidly declining enrollment numbers put the viability of Fortune Collegiate in jeopardy.
Providing the youth of the area with the best educational opportunities possible was crucial. So the decision was made to close Fortune Collegiate and bus the students to John Burke High School at Grand Bank, which was the newer facility. Fortune Collegiate officially closed its doors in June of 1995. This was a sad occurrence for a small community that prized such worthwhile institutions.
That same month, acting on a letter from the Burin Peninsula Integrated School Board, the building was purchased by the Fortune Town Council for the sum of $100.00.
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