A provincial program is creating employment opportunities for two residents while focusing on safety downtown.

A provincial program is creating employment opportunities for two residents while focusing on safety downtown.

Downtown Vernon safety focus of grant

The Downtown Vernon Association is receiving $25,000 from the Ministry of Social Development

A provincial program will target expanded vibrancy and safety in downtown Vernon.

The Downtown Vernon Association is receiving $25,000 from the Ministry of Social Development while there is $78,251 in in-kind funding from the City of Vernon Interior Health and Downtown Kelowna.

“The Street Management project outcomes and activities will have a direct and positive benefit for our membership and the community of Vernon for years to come,” said Lara Konkin, DVA executive director.

The project, which has been underway since October, will see the DVA provide work experience to two people as they develop a guide and operations manual for businesses to manage street safety and security. The finished products will be provided to key stakeholders and community partners.

The goal of the program is to prepare the participants for sustainable employment.

“Through the contract, I have had the opportunity to be reacquainted into the community while being provided with necessary skills training to aid the transition into a new field of work,” said Kacie Woodley, project participant.