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Cranbrook Women’s Centre set to re-open

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (formerly Cranbrook Women’s Resource Society) is very pleased to announce that they are able to re-open the doors of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre effective today, May 9.

Gwen Noble, Executive Director, explains that they have received a Community Gaming Grant through BC Gaming.  “As well, we have been contracted by East Kootenay Addiction Services Society to provide substance related drop-in, educational and outreach services for at-risk women in the community” states Noble.

“We feel very fortunate and honoured to be able to provide these services through a one-time only contract.  Service providers and the general public have identified service gaps in the community as a result of the closure of the women’s centre and through this partnership we are again in the position to help women in the community,” Noble added.

She also emphasized that additional support has been offered from the community in the form of donations and support with fundraising.

Unfortunately, the funding received will only support the women’s centre for a year.  Carol Plonka, Board Chair of Community Connections Society, says that “this was a very difficult decision for the Board of Directors and staff.”

“We are concerned that a lack of sustainable funding means that we will have to go through this again in a year’s time.  In the end, a decision was made to support vulnerable women in the community that need the services that we provide at the women’s centre,”Plonka explained.

In an effort to find sustainable funding and support for the Women’s Centre, a new committee has formed in the community, Friends of the Women’s Centre. This committee has been endorsed as a standing committee of the Board of Directors of Community Connections Society. Their goal will be to increase awareness of the issues of women in the community and the need for a women’s centre. The focus of the committee will be to raise and/or find funding to keep the doors open.  Anyone wanting to participate on the committee will be welcome and can contact Karen Chastain at 250 426-8588 or email karensjoy@hotmail.com.

The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre will be open Monday through Thursday 10 am to 3:30 pm.

Community Connections Society would like to thank East Kootenay Addiction Services Society and the many people that have offered support and recognize the value that the Women’s Centre adds to the community.

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