MLA Malcolmson welcomes funding for anti-violence supports in Nanaimo

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Nanaimo– Sheila Malcolmson, New Democrat MLA for Nanaimo, is welcoming over $147,000 in funding for five non-profit organizations in Nanaimo. These organizations, which offer programs that mentor at-risk youth, enhance restorative justice, and offer sexualized violence supports are receiving funding through the province’s Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program.

“This year’s local grant recipients provide essential supports to some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Malcolmson. “This funding will help organizations continue their important work addressing violence, supporting survivors, and providing at-risk youth with skills to succeed.”

The Haven Society is receiving $30,000 in funding to further develop their Mid Island Men’s Services (MIMS) program, a regional initiative for men to address their use of violence and abuse in their intimate partner relationships.

Nanaimo’s Men Centre is receiving $30,000 in funding to enhance its capacity to serve families who have experienced domestic violence to rebuild and heal.

Nanaimo John Howard’s Society is receiving $28,056 for their Alternative Learn Youth Crime Prevention Program, a 12-week program to support youth who are at high risk of being involved with the criminal justice system. In addition, the organization is receiving $16,905 to provide better support to victims participating in their Restorative Justice program.

Whitecrow Village FASD Society is receiving $19,950 for a project to help address the effects of trauma and prenatal alcohol exposure in the Restorative Justice setting.

Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society is receiving $22,712 to hire an outreach worker to connect with women and youth who are vulnerable and involved in the sex trade.

The Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program is providing over $6 million dollars in grants to 173 local organizations to help fund community safety initiatives. This includes programs that mentor youth to resist joining gangs, support women escaping violence, and help Indigenous families heal from intergenerational traumas.

Funding for these grants comes from the B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO). The Civil Forfeiture Office continues to undermine the profit motive behind criminal activity by taking away tools and proceeds of crime and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety.

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