Tuesday, September 22, 2009  
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“The $75,000 Federal Grant money has been earmarked towards a committee interested in the adaptive restoration of the Historic Coleman Collieries Tipple.”
- Shar Lazzarotto  
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Staff laid off and after school programs cancelled while organization re-groups.
On Friday, September 18, the staff of the Boys and Girls Club of the Crowsnest Pass was served separation slips by Executive Director Corey Hill, and the operation of this community group has ceased.
The organization provides both summer and after school programs for the youth in the community. “This program is perfect for the working family”, says Leanne Van Loon, a former employee of the organizations. “We provide a safe and educational environment for the children of this community until their parents are done work.”
The club offered after school programs to both the Horace Allen School (HAS) and the Isabelle Sellon School (ISS). “On Tuesdays and Thursdays the club offered a program at ISS from after school until 5:00 pm, and on Mondays and Wednesdays the same was done at HAS until 5:30 pm,” notes Van Loon. The students at both schools were offered an after school program on Fridays, to fall in line with the modified school day at both schools. “This group has been offering programs for children in our community for 10 years and now it’s all done”. Van Loon feels that the parents and children of the community have been let down by the closure of this organization. “With some parents upset and confused by the new bus regulations implemented by the school division, this is only another stress on the working families in the community.” With over 80 children registered with the club Van Loon feels the impact of the closure will be far reaching in the community.
 
According to a press release sent by June Vastenhout, President of the Boys and Girls Club.“As president of the Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass I would like to make an official statement regarding the status of our club.
The Boys & Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass are experiencing a funding shortfall due to grant money that did not materialize. Therefore we regret that we are temporarily suspending program operation and laying off staff. However, the board is working to explore our options to continue the Club. This includes fundraising and recruiting new board members and volunteers. We are committed to the families and youth of this community to provide quality after-school programming. We feel there is great value in the Boys & Girls Club and will do everything in our power to keep it in our community. We would like to thank any and all community members and organizations that have supported us in the past and hope for your support in the future.”
According to a source there were internal problems within the society that administers the organization.
For the past year the group has been actively fundraising for the purchase of a bus.
Sources say that a bus was donated by a community organization and all the club had to do was pay for insurance and gas. The staff of the club was going to get their Class 2 licence so that they could provide transportation to members. Just this past weekend the club hosted a Bowl-A-Rama at Rocky Mountain Lanes to help raise funds for bussing expenses.
To date several members of the board have tendered their resignations.
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