Brooke McLardy (left), and Saskia Morelissen, Child and Youth Advocate, check out the renovations for a Child and Youth Advocacy centre.
Morning Star Staff – Friday, September 25, 2015
Key services for children will have a new home.
The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society has leased the former NOCLS Day Centre for a future Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.
“A Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is a central location where children who have been abused, sexually assaulted or witnessed a crime such as domestic violence can go to report their abuse,” said Brooke McLardy, Transition House Acting Executive Director.
“Police and child welfare workers provide team interviews so that children and youth only have to be interviewed once, reducing the amount of systemic trauma they experience. Being in a comfortable environment with supportive staff allows the child to make fuller disclosures of what has happened to them. This leads to better judicial and child protection outcomes as well as better long-term social, emotional, psychological and health outcomes for the child.”
Renovations on the site are underway and a Grand Opening is planned for the week of October 20th.
“The project requires volunteers to get the site ready and donations of specific items or cash are also welcome and appreciated,” said McLardy.
To volunteer or donate, call 250-558-3850.
Winners of the Stella & Dot Gift Certificates have not yet claimed their prizes.
Prize winning numbers are: 9623938, 9623927, and 9623925
If you are one of our lucky ticket holders, please contact our
Administration Dept. 250-558-3850 to claim your prize.
VERNON WOMEN’S TRANSITION HOUSE SOCIETY’S 3rd ANNUAL
LITTLE BLACK DRESS PARTY
Durali Villa, 5960 Old Kamloops Rd.
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
This year with Dinner, Live Music, Silent Auction, Raffles and more…
For Tickets Call: 250-542-1122
Early Bird Price of $45 per person (until September 16th)
$50 per person after September 17th
Sponsored by the Village Green Centre, Sun FM & Cotton’s Chocolates.
Vernon Women’s Transition House Society would like to thank everyone who participated in our spring fundraiser ‘Playhouses for Hope’. This amazing event raised over $5,000 to go towards our programs. We are fortunate to be part of such a supportive community, and our thanks goes out to each and every person who bid on the playhouses in the silent auction and to the lucky winners.
This fundraiser would not have been possible without the tremendous work of the Village Green Centre/Bentall Kennedy staff as well as all the playhouse sponsors, who all spent many hours painting and decorating the playhouses.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to
The Village Green Centre
Hytec – A Kohler Company
Coldstream Fire Department
Today, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay, accompanied by Colin Mayes, M.P. for Okanagan-Shuswap, announced $350,000 in funding to support the opening of a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) in Vernon, B.C.
To read the News Release about this funding approval click on the PDF below.