Women, families, children benefit from grant

Province pledges $40,000 for Community Connections Society

Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, Cranbrook Family Connections and Kootenay Child Development Centre will share a $40,000 Community Gaming Grant this year.

Gwen Noble, executive director of Community Connections Society of Southeast BC, which runs all three programs, accepted the grant on Tuesday, March 12 from Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

“Community Connections Society is very grateful to be the recipient of a Community Gaming Grant again this year for the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre. We were pleased to also learn that our application for Cranbrook Family Connections and the Kootenay Child Development Centre was supported as well with a grant.

“These grants will help to ensure sustainability for these vital hubs of services in our community.

“We need to say a big thank you to MLA Bill Bennett for his advocacy and support in this regard. Mr. Bennett has always seen the value in the services provided through these community hubs and the work being done by our agency and staff. His advocacy in bringing forward the needs of the community to the province has once again resulted in a positive benefit to this region,” said Noble.

MLA Bennett said the society plays an important role in the community.

“The Community Connections Society of Southeast BC has provided years of support, placing our community at the forefront of their agenda. I am very pleased to see this dedicated organization receive $40,000, so they can continue to meet the increasing demand on their services.”