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Rally held in Kelowna for Childhood Connections centre – Okanagan [Video]

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After 40 years of servicing families in the Central Okanagan, the Childhood Connections centre in Kelowna is in its last days after the province didn’t renew its contract, which was its main source of funding.

A rally was held Saturday with hopes of sending a message of just how crucial the business is to local families.

“This organization has been here for 40-plus years, taking care of that contract serving families, serving childcare providers,” said Childhood Connections board director Betty Cleland.

“And through this proposal, we lost out in a bid. We’re in jeopardy as far as staying open.”

If the business can’t secure funding, its future is unknown.

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“(It) leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions,” said Cleland.

“Cleary, the community has told us over again we’re doing a great job. Never has the government told us we’re not so, why rip apart what’s not broken?”

The rally was organized by parents and families who …

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