BCIT Broadcast News
Thursday, May 5, 2011
By Megan Turcato
Southeast Vancouver Seniors Still Waiting for Centre
A group of Southeast Vancouver seniors are hoping Christy Clark's "Families First" agenda will finally mean funding for their seniors centre. Advocate Lorna Gibbs says the community has been calling for a seniors centre in Southeast Vancouver since the nineties. They've been given land near the Killarney Community Centre by the Vancouver Parks Board and the City has coughed up $2.5 million. However, they still need $3.5 million from the provincial or federal government for the centre to go ahead. But changing governments have made getting that funding a challenge.
"I had a letter from Gordon Campbell saying to get in touch with the Minister of Infrastructure," said Gibbs, "But then the government changed so that person disappeared."
Gibbs hopes Clark's platform will translate into funding for the seniors' project, "they are the foundation of the family and of course the Premier's battle cry is families first." Gibbs is hopeful the funding with come through soon.
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