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The Northern Development Initiative Trust announced the funding for the Alano Society and Positive Living North on Tuesday, as part of nine projects across northern B.C. funded through the Northern Healthy Communities Fund.
”Communities across northern B.C. are at the centre of significant economic growth that is creating opportunities and jobs for people,” B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne said in a press release.
“We’re partnering with Northern Development Initiative Trust, First Nations, local governments and non-profit organizations to expand the important services that families need during this time. These new projects will enhance child care and outreach services and provide greater supports for mental health and wellness to help communities build resilience.”
The Alano Society, known for hosting Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, received $183,000 to make accessibility upgrades to the main entrance, washrooms and meeting spaces to ensure they are wheelchair accessible.
Positive Living North received nearly $47,000 to hire an Indigenous councillor to expand their support services for people living with HIV/AIDS/HCV. The councillor will provide both in-person and online supports.
”These latest projects really exemplify the intent of the fund - to improve and sustain crucial social services in communities experiencing swift growth,” Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO Joel McKay said in a press release.