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Access Centre gets gaming grant

MLA Dan Ashton presented a BC gaming grant to the Penticton and Area Access Society, (Access Centre), on Friday.

The grant, in the amount of $170,000, will go toward services including resource and referral and disability advocacy.

"This is very exciting, and very important to us," said Elmie Saaltink, chair of the Access Centre.

The centre, formerly the Penticton and Area Women's Centre, provides legal advocacy for people with low income, PWD assessments, help with CPPD applications, information pamphlets and booklets, phone, computer and internet and personal care products.

One of the things, the grant helps with, in particular, is outreach in outlying areas including:

  • Summerland
  • the Penticton Indian Band reserve
  • Oliver
  • Osoyoos
  • Keremeos.

"We have a drop in four afternoons a week in Penticton and then also do the outreach," said Saaltink.

Ashton said he felt wonderful being able to present the money on behalf of the province.

"They do a lot for those who require a little bit of extra help," he said. "I am glad we are able to make a big difference."

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