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Programs at Boys and Girls Club in West Kelowna disrupted just as school is about to resume

January 03, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Vandalism and heavy snow has forced the partial closure of the Webber Road building used by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs of the Okanagan.

Damage to vents led to flooding that’s affected about 30 per cent of the building so drop-in programs have been cancelled for the rest of January, but regular programs will continue, Jeremy Welder, the club’s director of operations told today, Jan. 3.

“We’re just trying to work with the restoration company right now to figure out what exactly will be needed to bring the facility back up to where we will be able to fully use it,” he said. “We are having to cancel, for January, some of our drop-in programs so we can consolidate programs and make sure we can deliver on our child care programs, both day care and after school care, to ensure parents don’t have hardships as far at the programs they are utilizing so they can get to work and stuff like that.”

The restoration company is currently evaluating the condition of the damaged building and checking to see if there are things like asbestos or vermiculite that need to be dealt with. As far as Welder knows, that will not affect the operation of the rest of the building.

There are about 80 children attending the regular programs but a much smaller number go to the drop-in sessions, Welder said.

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