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YMCA of Northern BC readies for Orange Shirt Day September 30

YMCA of Northern B.C. manager of philanthrophy, marketing and camps, Stephanie Mikalishen. Bill Phillips photo
Stephanie Deol

In preparation for Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday September 30, the YMCA of Northern BC has partnered with Adamant Prints to bring orange shirts to its communities.

Orange Shirt Day is a national campaign to recognize the harm done to children in the residential school system and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

“We are committed to a community where every child matters and has access to services and programs to help them thrive,” said Stephanie Deol, Director of Philanthropy and Communications for the YMCA. “We believe an inclusive community is fundamental to children’s success. By wearing an orange shirt on September 30, we are affirming our commitment to ensure that every child matters as we focus on our hope for a better future in which children are empowered to help each other.”

Orange shirts, designed by Indigenous artist Erik Prytula, are available for purchase on the YMCA website until September 21. Proceeds from the shirt sales will support the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign that subsidizes YMCA camps and programs to one in five local children and families. Then the community is invited to show their recognition by wearing their orange shirt on Wednesday September 30.

Learn more at orangeshirtday.org.

More information and shirt orders can be found at www.nbc.ymca.ca.

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