Four local multicultural groups will be provincial grant recipients to help cover the cost of events each group is staging next year.
The grant recipients are:
• Children’s Festival Society of Kelowna—$2,500 for “Okanagan Roots,” a series of activities in partnership with the Westbank First Nation on both days of the Fat Cat Children’s Festival.
• Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan—$2,000 for administrative support to assist in organizational capacity building.
• Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society—$2,000 for the Dolyna Ukranian Dancers Malanka celebration.
• Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association—$5,000 with $2,500 for the Moon Festival and Spring and Lantern Festival, and $2,500 for the Multicultural Active Kids program by increasing its capacity to accept youth on the waitlist.
B.C. is the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide funding specifically focused on faith and spiritual diversity.
“Promoting diversity in our communities ultimately benefits everyone. I’d encourage any groups who have considered applying to do so and soon, because time is limited,” said Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MLA Norm Letnick.