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$454K in gaming grants will protect ecosystems and promote safety, say North Van MLAs

North Shore Restorative Justice Society, Wild Bird Trust of B.C. and Seymour Salmonid Society are among the recipients
North Shore Restorative Justice Society executive director Sioned Dyer and board vice-chair Mary Stuart outside their office at Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre. | Nick Laba / North Shore News

A chunk of change from provincial gambling revenues is about to go to non-profits across the North Shore.

A total of $454,000 in community gaming grants will help organizations keep people safe and protect local ecosystems, say MLAs Bowinn Ma and Susie Chant.

“Despite the many challenges we have faced over the last few years – including the pandemic, extreme weather, and the ongoing toxic drug crisis – we have outstanding local organizations right here in North Vancouver working hard to make our community stronger,” North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma said in a statement.

“These grants help ensure they can continue this important work in public safety and environmental protection,” she said.

Several organizations are receiving funding for public safety work. North Shore Restorative Justice Society, which helps facilitate alternatives to criminal punishment, is getting $120,000. North Shore Lifeboat Society will receive $63,000 for supporting marine rescue efforts. And the North Shore Mountain Bike Association, which spearheads trail improvement projects, is getting $25,000.

Another non-profits, including several on the North Shore, are also receiving funding for environmental initiatives, such as animal protection, conservation and environmental awareness:

  • Wild Bird Trust of B.C. - $50,000.00
  • Young Naturalists’ Club of British Columbia Society - $38,000.00
  • Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC - $35,000.00
  • Federation of British Columbia Naturalists - $35,000.00
  • A Voice4paws Canine Rescue Society - $30,000.00
  • North Shore Black Bear Society - $26,000.00
  • Vancouver Avian Research Centre Society - $17,500.00
  • Seymour Salmonid Society - $14,500.00

People in North Vancouver understand how important it is to invest in our local ecosystems and environment, said Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver – Seymour. “This funding will help ensure local non-profits can continue their amazing work in our community.”

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