Parents and children protest the closure of the CEC on Pink Shirt Day (photo credit Natasha Huscroft)

Parents and children protest the closure of the CEC on Pink Shirt Day (photo credit Natasha Huscroft)

Parents protest CEC closure on Pink Shirt Day

Parents feel bullied by school district

Several Creston parents took the opportunity to protest the closure of the Creston Education Centre (CEC) by writing “I am being bullied by my school district” on the backs of their children’s t-shirts on Pink Shirt Day.

Area B RDCK Director Tanya Wall supported the protest via social media.

A recent announcement to close The Creston Education Centre on June 29 has upset many parents and Creston service providers. Hundreds of families have utilized of the early childhood programs, operated primarily by Valley Community Services, and benefited from the easy access to the psychologist, speech-language pathologist, physiotherapist and occupational therapist.

Home to Homelinks, Wildflower, and early childhood services to close

Homelinks parents vow to remove kids if CEC is closed

Creston Valley residents were invited to attend an information meeting on Monday, Feb 26, at the CEC Gym to have an opportunity to hear about various plans, ideas, proposals and possible partnerships that have been envisioned for the future of the Creston Education Centre building.

Save our Creston Education Centre

Homelinks parent Michelle Deshaies started an online petition February 15, 2018, to let the BC government know about parents’ unhappiness with the CEC closure. Deshaies said that parents have been overwhelmed by the support and will continue to encourage more signatures.

CEC closure seems final

The CEC was a collaboration of School District No. 8 and Creston service providers, who envisioned the benefits of offering a variety of services and programs under a single roof.