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Community Partnerships Make it Possible

Alana Murdoch, literacy outreach coordinator for Castlegar, says “collaboration and community partnerships allow organizations to offer services in the community that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”

“Often young parents just need a little help getting started and they’re off!” says Murdoch.

A case in point is the adult basic education program offered at Kootenay Family Place in Castlegar. Parents can come to upgrade or take a pre-requisite for a program knowing their children are safe and well cared for. Kootenay Family Place provides the program space, the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy provides the family literacy component of the program and child-minding and Selkirk College provides an instructor.

“We knew this program was a success when several of our students transitioned into other college programs. Often young parents just need a little help getting started and they’re off!” says Murdoch.

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