North Peace 'Success by 6' hopeful after funding cutbacks

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By Christine Rumleskie

The Provincial Government is walking away from a popular program devoted to kids in B.C.

‘Success by 6’ coordinators received word earlier this month that the Province will be slashing half of the promised $5 million in 2010, and then will stop funding completely by March 2011.

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This is a result from the Province’s $300 million budget cutbacks.

Lynn Locher is the ‘Success by 6’ Coordinator for the North Peace. She says, while she was devastated by the cutback announcements, she still has hope for the initiative’s survival.

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‘Success by 6’ is a partnership between the Credit Unions of B.C., the United Way, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The initiative provides support and funding for more than 400 projects in 240 communities in British Columbia, including early childhood literacy programs, pregnancy support, and programs for single mothers.

Locher says she is grateful that the Province is giving coordinators time to find new funding opportunities. But she predicts some programs will not get funded this year as a result of the funding loss.

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The B.C. NDP is slamming the B.C. Liberals over the cutbacks, saying it doesn’t make sense to cut a fully developed, successful program.

New Democrat Children and Families Development critic Maurine Karagianis says the cancellation of ‘Success by 6’ will have a devastating effect on organizations that are already stripped to the bone by Provincial cuts.

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