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December 15, 2023 at 3:28 pm  Politics, Provincial

CHILLIWACK – New Democrat MLAs Dan Coulter and Kelli Paddon say local organizations and parent advisory councils will be able to support young artists and extracurricular activities thanks to $415,000 in Community Gaming Grant funding. This round of funding is from the Community Gaming Grant program’s arts and culture stream and parent advisory council and district parent advisory council (PAC/DPAC) stream.

“I know from my time as school board chair how impactful PACs are at our schools,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “Stable funding for PACs means more services for school-aged kids in our province, and funding for arts and culture organizations here in Chilliwack benefits the whole community.”

In Chilliwack, organizations receiving funding to support arts and culture include:

  • Chilliwack Museum & Historical Society – $24,400
  • Chilliwack Academy of Music – $28,000
  • Yarrow Choral and Performing Arts Society – $51,500

Parent advisory councils receiving funding to support extracurricular events, activities, and equipment include:

  • Chilliwack Middle School PAC – $12,260
  • GW Graham PAC – $27,200
  • Vedder Middle School PAC – $15,120

“Our government knows how important it is to help fund the hard work of the people who enrich our communities, whether it’s organizations that promote arts and culture or parent advisory councils that help keep extra curriculars happening at our schools,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent.

More than $18.2 million in new funding will go to over 650 organizations to support arts and culture across the province.

More than 1,300 parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils will also receive over $11.2 million to support extracurricular activities throughout British Columbia.

Learn more:

Arts and Culture funding stream: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MUNI0055-001993

PAC and DPAC funding stream: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MUNI0053-001975

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