The Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre acquiesced to closure, but it’s not giving up entirely.
In a letter addressed to city council, the centre’s Olivia Sullivan asks that the city lobby the province to reinstate funding that evaporated in recent years.
“Prior to Campbell’s cuts of 2004, Women’s Centres across B.C. received operational funding of approximately $55,000 per year,” she writes.
“This funding allowed women’s centres to pay basic bills and have services available to the community.”
While the dollar amount didn’t cover off everything, it ensured a wider array of programming was available. Since it was cut off, centres across B.C. have shut down and in the last three months Cranbrook, Campbell River, Kelowna and Vernon have had to say goodbye to their centres.
“This certainly is a provincial issue impacting municipalities throughout B.C.,” Sullivan noted.
“We would greatly appreciate if Kelowna’s council would bring forward a resolution at the Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting, advocating for the reinstatement of operational funding to all women’s in B.C.”
Should that happen, the centre could re-open.