Literacy funding restored

Junction Literacy centre has had $30,000 in provincial funded restored after it was cut in February

There’s good news for local literacy advocates.

The Junction Literacy Centre has had $30,000 in provincial funding restored after it was cut in February.

“It’s terrific news,” said Debbie Schiller, executive director.

While programs were never at risk, there was a concern that the staff time required to co-ordinate the various efforts would be negatively impacted.

The $30,000 the Junction received from the government came via Decoda Literacy Solutions, a non-profit agency that supports literacy in B.C.

Decoda’s funding from the Ministry of Education has gone from $2.5 million to $1 million a year.

However, the ministry recently decided to restore the $1 million, which means Decoda has the resources to assist organizations like Junction Literacy Centre.

When the cuts were first announced, Junction rallied the community and organized a protest.

“Many people wrote letters, sent e-mails and advocated in other ways to support this effort,” said Schiller.

“My sincere thanks to them, The Morning Star and our MLA Eric Foster for the lobbying efforts. They worked.”