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Communities of Opportunity: Dryden

Dryden is located on the Trans-Canada Highway midway between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.
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Dryden is on the Trans-Canada Highway midway between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, and two hours from the U.S. border at International Falls, Minn.

We are a retail, education and financial centre for multiple surrounding communities with a combined population of 25,000. 

Building on project development work started in previous years, the City of Dryden and Bridge Road Developments are excited to announce that housing construction on Timberland Estates will start this fall.

This stunning facility will be located at the corner of Wabigoon Drive and Van Horne Avenue, directly south of the Dryden Regional Health Centre and within easy walking distance of the Laura Howe Marsh Trail and the waterfront.

Timberland Estates will be a secure 24-unit three-storey building. It will feature elegant, spacious suites with private balconies, ground-level indoor heated parking, a common room with a kitchen and lounge area, wide hallways, and an elevator. 

It offers a maintenance-free style of living with many amenities appealing to the active adult market desiring a socially fulfilled lifestyle. 

There will be two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom suites and two-bathroom suites available and they will range in size from 1,020 to 1,269 square feet, featuring nine-foot ceilings and crown moldings.

The City of Dryden is one of many local partners contributing in both the development and delivery of the Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound Program (UIHBP). This is a holistic job readiness program that integrates key local supports to help single Indigenous mothers enhance their lives.

Participants are single urban Indigenous mothers who are unemployed or underemployed and are motivated to make change in their lives through post-secondary education and employment. 

Key components include cultural support/mentoring, income support, housing assistance, child care, life skills upgrading, post-secondary education, employment supports and experience, and transportation.

A key leader for the UIHBP is the Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) which is a welcoming and respectful gathering place that provides a warm, safe and friendly environment for everyone. 

Their services include a community food cupboard, daily soup, nutritious snacks, coffee, tea, water, Community Lunch Thursday, peer support, form-filling assistance, inter-agency referrals, with access to computers, telephone and internet.

DNFC has 17 programs to promote and enhance quality of life and foster a positive lifestyle.

The programs include lifelong care, home maintenance, urban Aboriginal healthy living, healing and wellness, diabetes education program, health outreach worker, healthy kids, the Akwe Go Program (youth services), Wasa Nabin program (youth violence), Apatisiwin Employment Training, Aboriginal court worker, bail verification and supervision, Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (violence toward women), Cultural Resource, Community Connections and Homeward Bound.

Communities of Opportunity is an annual advertising feature allowing Northern Ontario municipalities to showcase their unique social attributes and economic assets to the investment world, and demonstrate why they are open for business.




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