Boys and Girls Club denied funding from Enderby

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club will not receive funding from the City of Enderby to expand its after-school recreation program.

Boys and Girls Club denied funding from Enderby

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club will not receive funding from the City of Enderby to expand its after-school recreation program.

The program runs once a week at M.V. Beattie Elementary School.

The club asked the city for $7,453 in funding to offer the program for an additional day a week.

“The request was turned down because there are a bunch of new groups offering similar programs,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

In May, the Enderby Preschool Society received nearly $425,000 to create 33 new spaces, including 25 for children ages three-to-five, and eight spaces for multiple ages.

McCune said a local church group has also begun a successful, similar-type program.

Okanagan Boys  and Girls Club North Okanagan area director Kirstie Blanleil presented to council in June.

She said the focus of the after-school program is to provide a sense of belonging, and that a “positive environment results in positive behaviour.”

The program, which is provided free of charge, focuses on leadership and recreation.

The club has said it is committed to continuing the one-day programs even if the funding request was not successful.