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Gaming grants put to play for North Okanagan groups

B.C. boosts dozens of agencies with funds
Emerson Beerstra helps cut the ribbon with Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming at a celebration of two new child care facilities that will soon open to the community on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Provincial funds are at play to support local groups helping others.

Community Gaming Grants are being delivered to a number of North Okanagan agencies including:

• Whitevalley Community Resource Centre - $52,975

• Vernon Science & Discovery Society - $86,000

• North Okanagan Childcare Society - $100,000

• Community Dental Access Centre North Okanagan Society - $55,000

• North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association - $25,200

• Kindale Developmental Association - $75,125

• Armstrong Play-School Association - $8,500

• Cherryville Community Food and Resource Society - $30,000

• North Okanagan Optimist Club - $7,000

• MacKenzie Camp Society - $20,000

• IODE Lambly’s Landing - $7,730

• Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn (Teaching Centre) Society - $21,725

• Lumby and District Health Services Society - $11,000

• Vernon Scout Group - $6,000

• Navy League of Canada, Vernon branch - $4,500

• Family Resource Centre - $23,000

• Independent Living - $50,000

• FASD Okanagan Valley Assessment and Support Society - $46,725

• Vernon Upper Room Mission - $60,000

• North Okanagan Hospice Society - $54,700

• Canadian Mental Health Association, Vernon branch - $95,500

• North Okanagan Friendship Center Society - $21,725

• Shuswap Okanagan Treatment Centre Society - $32,000

• Literacy Society of the North Okanagan - $24,500

• Elks Lodge - $20,500

• Rotary Club of Vernon - $13,900

• North Okanagan Neurological Association - $98,000

• Vernon and District Association for Community Living - $55,000

• Vernon Lions Club - $50,000

• Knights of Columbus - $5,400

• Coldstream Scouts - $4,000

• Archway Society for Domestic Peace - $43,000

• 1st BX Scouts - $4,100

• Rotary Club of Vernon - Silver Star - $16,000

“Vernon-Monashee is a community that’s full of life and we are grateful to have many non-profit organizations and great individuals providing exceptional services to people. They continuously step up for the people that need it most and they all do amazing work,” said Harwinder Sandhu, Vernon-Monashee MLA. “Through funding local social and community service organizations, our community is growing stronger. I am so excited that many of these great organizations from Vernon-Monashee are going to get this funding, which will benefit many people in our community!”

Organizations are receiving funding for human and social services, such as meeting the needs of under-served groups, providing public outreach and education, and more.

Nearly $61 million in funding was shared across the province this year for human and social services grants, coming out of the $140 million distributed annually to not-for-profit organizations that deliver other essential services and make life better for people in British Columbia.

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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