DAWSON CREEK – The South Peace Child Development Centre is receiving funding for their adapted aquatic program and equipment lending library thanks to a $45,000 grant from the B.C. Government.

“The gaming grant funding is vital for us to maintain the operation of our hydrotherapy pool. The pool is used to enhance intervention and is a valuable option when supporting children to reach their maximum potential in gross motor skills,” South Peace Child Development Centre executive director Kim Hughes-Brinsky said. “We also use funds to be able to lend specialty equipment to children. Many of the items are specific to intervention and difficult to purchase locally.”

“Thanks to this funding, children will continue to have access to the adapted hydrotherapy program and the equipment lending cupboard,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “Having access to these services means children get help developing much needed skills.”

These grants were awarded under the human and social services category of the Community Gaming Grant program which help support the work of local agencies and clubs that deliver important social services to British Columbians facing challenging and difficult situations.

Every year, the Government of British Columbia approves $135 million in community gaming grants distributed among specific sectors, including arts and culture, sport, environment, public safety, human and social services, parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils.

To find out more about community gaming grants funded by the Government of British Columbia, visit: www.gaming.gov.bc.ca