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Government cash boosts area social programs

Area social programs will receive $221,500 in provincial funding.
March 08, 2013 - 4:23 PM

By Shannon Quesnel

Area social programs are getting some TLC (tender-loving-cash) from the provincial government.

Three organizations and two anti-bullying campaigns will be getting $221,500. About $177,000 will come from the Community Gaming Grants program and $45,500 will come from civil forfeiture proceeds. Civil forfeiture seizes property or items alleged to have been used in crimes.

First up is the Bully Free project in Summerland. It will have $14,500 to raise awareness and address bullying in the community. It includes the development of a video and a website with information about bullying.

The South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society will get $30,000 for its Change for Good program. It was started in 2011-2012 to help men who have chosen to deal with their abusive behaviour towards their partners. That was the first phase.

The second phase will offer counselling for those who volunteer to deal with their anger issues and violent behaviour and increase community awareness of both family and gender-based violence.

The remaining groups receiving funding are the Penticton and Area Women's Centre Society with $165,000, the South Okanagan Learning for Little People Society with $7,000 and the Penticton and Area Association for Charitable Gaming with $5,000.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at or call 250-488-3065.

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