County To Close Coronation Park Daycare

Supporters of Coronation Day Park Nursery gather at Lambton County headquarters in Wyoming. May 8, 2014 (Photo by Melanie Irwin)

Lambton County Council has voted to close Sarnia’s Coronation Park Day Nursery effective November 28 of this year.

With daycare workers and families looking on from the chamber gallery in Wyoming, council voted 20-17 Wednesday afternoon to shutdown the financially strapped Oak Ave. facility.

A previous motion by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley to defer the decision to the 2015 county budget and create a task force to study the issue further was defeated by a vote of 22-15.

Mayor Bradley says the decision to close sets a dangerous precedent.

The daycare was running a deficit of more than a million dollars due to provincial funding cutbacks and the introduction of all day kindergarten.

The closure affects 40 full and part time employees, 38 of them members of CUPE Local 2926. Workers say they’re devastated by the decision.

Union┬árepresentative Brian Humphrey says he’s disappointed with how the decision was made.

Coronation Park Day Nursery was currently licensed to provide daycare to 88 children.

Warden Todd Case says the daycare has been a respected and visible presence in the community since 1972 and the decision to close it was made with a great deal of difficulty.