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Easter Seals funding cut unacceptable and must be reversed: Brazil
Brazil is calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and help Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador maintain programming this summer.
Monday, June 6, 2022

(June 6, 2022) – David Brazil, PC Official Opposition Leader and MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island, is calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and help Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador maintain programming this summer.

“Easter Seals provides vital programming throughout our province and gives kids the chance to be kids no matter what challenges they may face. To be notified of the funding cuts so close to summer will make it more challenging for Easter Seals to deliver all of its programming this year. For the organization to lose key funding to help the organization deliver their programming is, frankly, unacceptable,” said Brazil.

“Whatever the obstacle, it must be overcome and made right. Easter Seals should not have to use capital funding to fund its valuable programming. Too many families, too many children rely on their programs to develop skills, have fun with their peers, and enjoy the community built over decades by Easter Seals. These funding cuts are unacceptable and must be reversed.”

Brazil says he understands other non-profit organizations are facing similar challenges in the province.

“In my own district, the local Boys and Girls club is facing similar challenges due to less funding for summer student positions. They’re scrambling to ensure staff is funded and in place in time to deliver their programs this summer,” said Brazil.

“The summer job funding provided to these community organizations is essential not only for the organizations and the families who rely on them, but for students looking to build resumes and gather experience. These cuts are unacceptable and I call on MP Thompson and Premier Furey to work to ensure this funding can be reinstated as soon as possible.”

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