Youth home privatization protested in Stephenville
Similar homes in Burin, Grand Falls-Windsor set to be taken over by Blue Sky
A group of people gathered outside an MHA's office in Stephenville on Tuesday to protest the privatization of a youth centre in the community.
About 50 people, including members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, were outside Minister Joan Shea's office.
Members of the union are opposed to privatizing the Bay St. George Youth Assessment Centre.
Brittany Hovanak, 24, spent a few years living at the home.
She said without the same kinds of staff and services, it will be a loss for the community.
"I was a hard kid. I threw pool sticks at people, I threw cups at people — like, I was not an easy kid," said Hovanak.
"Someone working for $13 an hour are going to walk out. They're not going to stay — they're not going to care."
A similar protest took place on Friday in Grand Falls-Windsor, where another group home is set to be privatized.
Shea told the crowd government had met with NAPE officials, but couldn't make any promises.
An organization called Blue Sky is set to take over the centre, along with homes in Grand Falls-Windsor and Burin.