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A New Parliamentary Secretary Creates Positive Impact on Communities

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vantage Pointa??s Executive Director Alison Brewin congratulates Niki Sharma on being appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits today, and applauds Premier Horgan for his governmenta??s commitment to cultivating a stronger relationship with BCa??s charities and nonprofits.
Not-for-profits and charities have stepped into pandemic response over the past eight months with great resilience and creativity however, as shown in the No Immunity Report published earlier this year, 23% of charities and nonprofits said theya??re at risk of closing their doors because of urgent threats caused by the pandemica??even as demand for their services is rising.These organizations have been on the frontlines of providing critical services and maintaining resiliency throughout each wave of the virus. But now, with revenue and income shrinking, their very existence is at risk. We need to move quickly in collaboration to ensure these organizations can continue to action their missions and lift our communities while continuing to provide essential services and resources.With the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary, there is renewed ability to mobilize the not-for-profit and charitable sectora??s 86,000 employees to even greater ability as the sector deals with challenges such as the overdose crisis, climate change, homelessness, and racial justice. Vantage Point looks forward to being able to collaborate with Parliamentary Secretary Sharma in leveraging the sector to continue to do this crucial work that contributes $6.7 billion to BCa??s GDP and serves tens of thousands each year.Vantage Point is excited to collaborate with Parliamentary Secretary Sharma to engage charities and nonprofits in key elements of the governmenta??s Stronger BC recovery plan: a nimble workforce, expanded community infrastructure, and wraparound supports like childcare, mental health services, and food security initiatives. With this appointment the government is saying it understands the critical contribution this sector makes to the wellbeing of people and communities across the province.
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