Some of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s many supporters gather in front of the Legacy thermometer.

Some of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s many supporters gather in front of the Legacy thermometer.

Funds keep centre open

The Whitevalley Community Resource Centre continues to garner strong support for its legacy

The Whitevalley Community Resource Centre continues to garner strong support for its legacy.

The organization is trying to raise $800,000 to establish an endowment fund to cover operating expenses.

“We continue to struggle to keep our doors open, wait lists down, qualified staff in place and to meet the ongoing increase in demand for services and support,” said Gay Jewitt, executive director. “The centre’s staff, board, and volunteers are committed to making every effort to meet the needs of the community and retain the essential services necessary to keep the community healthy.”

Among the local advocates for the centre is   Judy Phillips, owner of the Lumby IDA Pharmacy.

“At times, as the only pharmacist in Lumby, I have found that good health is often times more than medication.  With the ease of a telephone call, or in some cases a visit to the office, I am able to refer patients to Whitevalley,” she said.

“With the co-operation of the counselling team, we are able to work collaboratively to get the patients back on the road to good health.  Without Whitevalley alongside, not only would the individual be impacted in a negative way but the situation would likely tax the resources of our community in many ways.”

The centre provides a wide range of services including counselling for adults and families, addictions counselling, after school activities, Kids’ Zone in Cherryville, summer day camps, toddler programs, cooking classes, senior drop in, health information for seniors, Internet access, vegetable and plant exchange programs, and support for the Good Food Box.

For more information about the campaign, go to www.whitevalley.ca, drop by the office at 2114 Shuswap Ave. or call 250-547-8866.