It was recently announced that the health clinic at Belmont Senior Secondary was going to last another year. Up until now it had been funded by the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), but with that funding coming to an end the clinic was slated to close. A grant from the United Way, and the efforts of people from the James Bay Community Project, together will keep it open another year.
I think it`s a great thing that these organisations have stepped up to the plate to keep this going. The student population at Belmont is one of the largest on southern Vancouver Island, and there was no sign that local or provincial government was going to keep it going. It got me to thinking, why is it that a pair of charities (both of them based outside the Western Communities no less) are having to step up to the plate to offer this kind of service?