Lumby supports mission

Village will contribute funding towards Vernon social agency

Lumby is rallying behind a Vernon social agency but it’s not unanimous.

In a 3-2 vote Monday, council agreed to provide about $159 towards a $9,200 regional grant for Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

“Lumby residents do use it and because of that, we should support it,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

The mission offers meals and programs to people in need.

Acton believes the mission saves communities money by tackling issues like poverty and substance abuse.

“You can get straightened out there and get a second chance at life,” he said.

Besides Acton, Councillors Randal Ostafichuk and Nick Hodge agreed to funding.

“This is a provincial responsibility but they do good work and I am happy to support them,” said Hodge.

Opposition came from Councillors Jo Anne Fisher and Lori Mindnich.

“We have our organizations that we don’t donate too,” said Mindnich.

“We don’t even support our own food bank. I thought it would be better spent in our community first.”

The Upper Room Mission wants the Regional District of North Okanagan to waive a fee for a water main upgrade to its facility.

Individual jurisdictions have been asked to provide funds because RDNO does not have the ability to provide grants.

Armstrong, Enderby and Vernon have agreed to financial assistance for the mission.