Grant request put before Enderby council

It’s still not known if a children’s program will expand in Enderby

It’s still not known if a children’s program will expand in Enderby.

City council received a request from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in May to provide funds for an additional day of after-school programs, and the group appeared as a delegation Monday.

“There are definitely gaps in service and the Boys and Girls Clubs has shown what they can do,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

However, there hasn’t been a decision on a grant yet.

“We will have to look at that and see if there is money around or other groups we can involve,” said McCune.

The projected cost for an additional day would be $7,453.

“They’ve done a lot of great things in the community and they have support from key stakeholders,” said Coun. Roxanne Davyduke.

“We will take a look at the budget.”

Currently, the program for children ages six to 12 runs one day a week from September to June, and it’s at capacity.

“A number of families in Enderby with young children are unable to register for mainstream recreation sports due to financial barriers, transportation or other challenges,” said Kirstie Blanleil, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs director, in a letter.

“We are excited to be part of supporting families and children in Enderby.”