Letters to the Editor

Gatekeeper thanks

It is with sadness that we announce the closure of the Oceanside Gatekeeper Program, which has been active in this area for 15 years but has now run its course.

Other funded and contracted agencies have developed programs which are now positioned to fill the mandate we had for Gatekeepers. We no longer have funding to continue to offer this service. Gatekeepers’ mandate was “looking out for one another” and we worked to educate the community to be aware of our more vulnerable citizens and we provided the link to appropriate services to assist these citizens.

We wish to publicly and warmly acknowledge the exceptional efforts of our volunteers who covered the phone and connected callers and those in need to services. Without these dedicated volunteers we would not have been able to operate. Thank you one and all for your valuable service. We should all be very proud of our roles as Gatekeepers which we will continue in an informal manner for our friends, neighbours and relatives who need help in our community.

Lola Cook, Beverly Hurd

Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay

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