Caribou Centre filling the gap

More than 100 children affected by sexual assault, abuse or domestic violence helped

Children and youth who have endured abuse have a place to go for help, thanks to donations to the Caribou Child and Youth Centre.

The centre - a branch of the PACE sexual assault and trauma service - on Thursday acknowledged the contributions of two community sponsors, Kev's Kids and NuVista Energy, that provided funding towards renovating and furnishing the centre's therapy wing last year. The centre was also one of three child advocacy centres to share a provincial government grant of $1.3 million over three years.

Lois Roth, the Caribou Centre's director, said the funding was intended to close a gap in children's therapy services; waiting lists were too long and private therapy too costly.

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