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The Bridge adapted its services several weeks ago. We repurposed our Recovery and Addictions resources to best support the hospital and acute care needs in our community. We moved our groups to virtual platforms to help keep our families safe and well. We supported all but our most at risk participants at a distance, to ensure the safety of our staff and those who engage in our many programs. Planning is now well underway to begin the gradual transition to the recovery phase of the pandemic.

>> Click here for an overview of what’s changed, and what’s remained the same. <<

Etcetera: Showcasing Our Glitter Critters


Etcetera has been doing great. We have more staff; Freddie Kabok co-facilitates group and Tai from the Boys and Girls Club creates curriculum and leads group. We’ve seen an increase in persons reached, around 15 to 30 Glitter Critters come each week!  Our partnership with Kelowna Women in Business is going well. We attend their events to promote Etcetera and they offer contacts and hope to donate $10,000 to us in September 2019. Community awareness of Etcetera is increasing – a cool event called Kelowna4Love donated over $2,600 to Etcetera in February and the Pride Resource Center at UBC Okanagan raised over $1,000 dollars for us in March!


Let’s not forget the amazing drag show put on by The Bridge and Rebellious Unicorns as a fundraiser and all ages event. Director of Recovery & Addictions John Yarschenko dressed in drag for the cause!

Donations are spent on delicious and healthy snacks, art supplies, materials for activities, and public events like pride, prom, and field trips. In April we will be heading up to Big White so the Glitter Critters can participate in Peak Pride. Prom and Kelowna Pride are coming up in June and we are waiting to find out if we will get a Central Okanagan Foundation youth grant, which will allow us to buy branded t-shirts for events and cool stuff to give away at Pride.

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