Letter: TNRD should spend COVID relief cash on pandemic-related problems


I read this article  — ‘TNRD to decide how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in pandemic relief funding’ — and I feel that a boardroom is far from the best use of pandemic relief funds.

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The money should be spent on relief from the problems caused by the pandemic.

One suggestion is the Thompson-Nicola Regional District could hire some mental-wellness specialists (psychologists, therapists) and set up a cost-effective space for them to take appointments for helping people cope with the pandemic. This could include a long-term transition plan to staying permanently in another non-pandemic-specific mental-wellness capacity.

Other ideas include helping facilities in the district that have been adversely affected by the pandemic, such as pools and recreation centres, as they were affected by restrictions. The BC Wildlife Park was hit hard by restrictions; perhaps it could use some help.

Looking at what other recipients are doing with their COVID-19 Safe Restart funds, maybe the TNRD should do some of the same things.

For instance, North Saanich will be distributing some of this funding to non-profit organizations experiencing revenue challenges that serve vulnerable populations, including children and/or seniors.

I feel like that money could go a long way toward helping the people in this regional district — and that a boardroom would not help very many people at all.

Sheri Pruden


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