NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu says grants will support local organizations and keep people and the environment safe

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VERNON – New Democrat MLA Harwinder Sandhu says local organizations will be able to protect local ecosystems and keep people safe thanks to $111,500 from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“When going into the outdoors, it’s important to be prepared and take steps to stay safe,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “But when an emergency happens, we’re all grateful for the dedicated Search and Rescue volunteers that keep people safe. With this grant, our local Search and Rescue group, as well as other organizations that support our environment and people enjoying the outdoors, will be able to continue the vital work they do in our region.”

In Vernon-Monashee, the following community organizations are receiving funding for public safety work, which can include restorative justice, firefighting, search and rescue, emergency preparedness and community safety:

  • Seymour Arm Snowmobile Club- $1,000
  • Vernon Search and Rescue Group Society- $91,000

The following local organization is receiving funding for environmental initiatives, such as animal protection, conservation and environmental awareness programs:

  • Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society- $19,500

More than $12 million in new funding for public safety and environment programs will support 281 non-profit organizations that are helping make life better for people throughout B.C.

Learn more:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MUNI0019-000376