Funding required for child-friendly support network initiative

A new childcare initiative, titled the Family Action Network (FAN), is underway.

Parents, take note.

A new childcare initiative, titled the Family Action Network (FAN), is underway.

The focus of FAN is to set up a directory to make available and integrate all preschool-based resources available in the Lower Columbia.

“It is just a spider web of information out there right now,” said Mayor of Fruitvale, Patricia Cecchini.

“Our vision is to make available seamless integrated support services, so that parents will have one source to access all services.”

Cecchini said that the society is busy finalizing its strategic plan and list of projects, but high in priority, is the incentive to create a FAN website.

Ideally, the website would offer an action-oriented support network for families with infants and young children and serve as a base to help unify resources available to Lower Columbia families.

In addition, a high in priority is to assign a regional coordinator to the project, said Cecchini.

The coordinator would collaborate with various resources to promote unity of services between communities.

“For example, we have children who need occupational therapy, and speech therapy,” she said.

“Now, they have to drive to Castlegar or farther to access the services.”

She explained that FAN has a goal to work collaboratively and share services between townships rather than communities and organizations operating on their own.

Cecchini said that the first event sponsored by FAN was the ‘Ages and Stages’ day, held on Feb. 12.

“We were able to bring many resources together under one roof (Kiro Wellness Centre), and set up different stations,” she explained.

Forty children, up to five-years old, were screened, and parents had the opportunity to meet with various service providers to learn about healthy early childhood development.

However, before the initiative can move forward, an application for funding to Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is in the works.

At the March 11th Warfield council meeting, Mayor Bert Crockett said that bringing together community resources ‘under one umbrella” is beneficial to all parents, especially those new to the area.

However, as the project does not qualify to be funded by a municipality, he fully supported the initiative in a letter to the CBT.

Just Posted

Area A Director Ali Grieve (right), Village of Fruitvale Mayor Steve Morissette (front), and Village of Montrose Mayor Mike Walsh (left) held a congratulatory ceremony for Beaver Valley students who are part of the Class of 2021 graduates of J. L. Crowe Secondary at Beaver Creek Park on Thursday. Photo: Jim Bailey
Beaver Valley Grads of 2021

Beaver Valley mayors, RDKB Area A director celebrate their 2021 graduates with gift ceremony

Adrian Moyls is the Selkirk College Class of 2021 valedictorian and graduate of the School of Health and Human Services. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College valedictorian proves mettle in accomplishment

Adrian Moyls is a graduate of the School of Health and Human Services

A volunteer delivers food to families as part of a West Kootenay EcoSociety program. Photo: Submitted
Farms to Friends delivers 2,500th bag of food to families in need

The program services communities in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas

Selkirk College has begun its search in earnest for a leader to replace president Angus Graeme who is set to retire from his position in May 2022. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College seeks community input for president search

Current president Angus Graeme retires next year

A report shows nine West Kootenay communities are have more low-income persons than the provincial average. File photo
Study casts new light on poverty in the West Kootenay

Nine communities in region have more low-income residents than provincial average

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Most Read