September 20th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 38
Boys & Girls Club faces challenges
Parents in difficulty for childcare following temporary closure of the club for the fall school season
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Boys and Girls club of Crowsnest Pass
Pass Herald Reporter
The Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass announced on August 25 that they would not be offering the after-school program for the fall season, leaving some parents scrambling to find alternate childcare options for September.

“We’re facing challenge,” says President Diane DeLauw, who has been in her position for approximately one year. “It wasn’t what we wanted to do. It was a tough decision.”

According to DeLauw, the club was challenged with meeting compliance requirements surrounding policies and procedures with the parent organization, the Boys and Girls Club of Canada. The club’s bus is also in poor condition and they are not sure whether it will run another year. Finally, dwindling attendance was another reason the nine-member board of directors are not offering a fall session.

“Our attendance has been low, so to provide transportation and a bus for a small amount of kids and to have three or four staff members, it’s just becoming a bit of a challenge. So we have to look at ways to increase our numbers and to find suitable transportation,” says DeLauw.
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The compliance requirements revolved around a Peer Review conducted by the operating body, Boys and Girls Club of Canada, that discovered several documents and/or policies needed to be either updated or created. They included: Fundraising, Misc Data Policies, Privacy Policy, Referrals, Child Protection Protocols , Training Policy, Volunteer Policy, HR Manual, Orientation Policy, Planning Policy, Staff Handbook, Evaluation Policy, Incidents Policy, Hiring Policy, Program Manual, Recruitment, Screening & Selection Policy, Conflict of Interest and Ethical Conduct, Risk Management, BGCCNP Club Member Handbook, Disaster & Recovery Plan, and Finance Policy.

DeLauw was unable to say whether they will be able to offer the after-school program in the winter. The Board is currently reaching out for support to Boys and Girls Club Canada.

“We are doing our best to provide the service and we will do everything we can to start up again next session,” she says.

As a result of the club not running this fall, two part time program staff were laid off.
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The next board meeting is scheduled to happen within the next week, says DeLauw.

“We are waiting to hear back from BGC Canada to see when someone can attend a board meeting.”

One mother whose six-year-old attended the summer session with the Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass is forced to end work earlier than usual at 3:30 p.m. to look after her son. But Lasandra Houde considers herself lucky because as a private business owner, she is able to allow herself to leave work early.

“I’m upset, but I’m able to continue working. For all those own parents who don’t own a business, it must be quite a struggle,” she says. “I just wish that they will figure it all out and have the club back for the kids and the parents. They did so many great activities with the kids and they really enjoyed it. It was a good program.”
September 20th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 38
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