Armstrong council couldn’t believe what they were hearing.
Following a recent presentation from the North Okanagan-Shuswap Crime Stoppers Society, council learned the organization’s main source of fundraising is a coupon booklet which is conducted by an outside group, and Crime Stoppers receives a portion of each booklet sold.
“We thought, ‘Holy Dinah,’ this organization is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in recouped cash and valuables, yet they have to go and fundraise,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler, who attended the Southern Interior Local Government Association meetings in Merritt.
At SILGA, a resolution put forward by the City of Armstrong to have proceeds from crime go to Crime Stoppers was passed, though with one major amendment.
“Instead of just Crime Stoppers, the resolution now reads that proceeds from crime now be directed to groups and organizations that are responsible for recouping such things,” said Fowler.
The amended resolution will now be forwarded to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Vancouver in September for consideration.
For Fowler, her appearance in Merritt was her first at a SILGA gathering, and she compared it to a mini version of UBCM.
“There’s more of an opportunity to network with your local politicians, and most of our local SILGA people involved are from similar sized communities,” said Fowler, who attended sessions on the Sterile Insect Release program, conflict of interest and communications.
“It’s a much more relaxed way of sitting around, dropping in at someone’s table, introducing yourself kind of thing. You discuss the things you’re doing and you enhance some of the projects you’re already working on. It was a good thing for me,” she said.