Chrysalis’s 20th anniversary marked

2020-01-14 06:00
The provincial minister of community safety, Albert Fritz; the provincial minister of social development, Sharna Fernandez and all-women firefighters.

The provincial minister of community safety, Albert Fritz; the provincial minister of social development, Sharna Fernandez and all-women firefighters.

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The provincial minister of community safety, Albert Fritz, unveiled a banner marking the beginning of Chrysalis Academy’s 20th anniversary on Wednesday 8 January.

Fritz was joined by his social development counterpart, Sharna Fernandez; Chrysalis CEO, Dr Lucille Meyer; and Chrysalis founder, Mark Wiley.

Chrysalis, the flagship youth-development programme of the Western Cape government, has upskilled and provided opportunities to more than 10 000 students since its inception in 2000.

To commemorate the anniversary, Chrysalis will hold a gala event, symposium, cross country run and open a museum of the old Porter Reform School in 2020.

Fritz said: “Under the leadership and guidance of founder Mark Wiley and CEO Dr Meyer, Chrysalis has become a life-changing experience for many young and vulnerable youth.

“It provides them with a sense of self-worth, upliftment and purpose.”

Fritz said he looked forward to working more closely with Chrysalis to expand the programme. “This year we will be deepening the work of the youth hubs and launching a few new ones. These hubs are critical in providing ongoing support to Chrysalis graduates. This will be conducted in line with the violence prevention aims of the Western Cape Safety Plan,” he said.

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