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Delegation to seek city funding for recovery coaches

FILE PHOTO - Penticton City Councilllors, from left, Tarik Sayeed, Campbell Watt, Helena Konanz, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, Judy Sentes, Andre Martin and Max Picton will hear a request for recovery coaching funding at next Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting, Sept. 5, 2017.
September 01, 2017 - 9:00 PM

PENTICTON - A Penticton resident will make a pitch to city council next week for financial assistance for an addiction coaching certification workshop.

Judy Poole with Smart Recovery will appear as a delegation at city council's Committee of the Whole meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 5, to ask for $5,000 to help fund a recovery coaching program.

Poole’s request comes on behalf of the Penticton and District Community Resources Society, who are also seeking $5,000 each from both Penticton Rotary Clubs and the Raymond James Foundation Canada Foundation. The money will fund a certification workshop for up to 40 recovery coaches to be held Sept. 25 to Sept. 29.

In a statement submitted to council, Poole said the role of a recovery coach would not overlap or interfere with existing services, asking for immediate consideration from council due to the “emergent nature of this crisis.”

“People are dying right now, and we have an innovative solution that has worked elsewhere and has worked in our pilots… for a small investment we can drive this forward quickly,” she said.

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