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Community Counselling and Support Services submit societies application to Yukon Government

Max Fraser speaks to a rally outside the legislative assembly in support of Yukon non-Government Organizations. Photo by Tim Kucharuk

The Community Counselling and Support Services Society in Whitehorse has submitted their government proposal to fill the gap caused by the closure of Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services.

A Whitehorse group says it's submitted a proposal to the territorial government to start counselling and support services.

Max Fraser, who is president of the Community Counselling and Support Services Society says the proposal offering the same services as the now-shuttered Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services was delivered on Friday to Health and Social Services.

"They are excellent, highly qualified staff with a lot of local experience and relationships with clients. They're eager to get back to work, and we (CCSS) would love to open the doors to new counselling services and invite those staff to come work at the organization," said, Fraser.

Fraser said the proposal requests about two million in funding, which is about the same as Many Rivers received to run their services and has the backing of some of the laid-off Many Rivers staff.

"For the first time since the crisis began last fall, the Yukon Government now has a solid proposal from a community-based society that is in good standing with the registrar and has a plan for restoring counselling services in the Yukon," said, Fraser.

He's hoping for fair and rapid consideration by the government, and if all goes well, the service would open sometime in May.

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