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VICTORIAParents and workers involved in Camosun Colleges child care program were pleased to hear that the Board of Governors voted, at their March 21, 2005 meeting to keep the award-winning program open.

The decision comes on the heels of a recommendation by the Task Force established by the Board last June when Camosun administrators recommended closure of the 18 year- old program because of changing financial priorities for the college.

A campaign to keep the child care program was launched by a coalition of groups including parents, CUPE and regional child care advocates. Hundreds of people signed an on-line petition and sent letters and emails to the board, members of parliament and provincial MLAs.

Details of the new funding formula for the Child Care program have not yet been made public but contributions from CUPE and the Faculty are part of the agreement to keep the program up and running.

We are urging the Board of Governors to write to Ken Dryden and anyone else who may hold child care purse strings, says CUPE member Louise Oetting. Were happy with the outcome but still concerned that the administration, given the chance, would re-direct resources to other new initiatives and forgo the very important child care program.

Information: Louise Oetting, CUPE local 2081, (250) 370-3665 or cell (250) 213-5001.