Stepping Stone executive director quits over funding
Rene Ross says lack of funding for group that supports sex trade workers threatened important programs
A service that helps sex trade workers in the Halifax region has lost its executive director.
Rene Ross confirmed to CBC News she left Stepping Stone.
Ross refused to do an interview, asking for her privacy during a difficult time. But she referred to her Facebook page, where she wrote that the organization needs all its money for ongoing programs.
"There have been significant challenges with funding that began last September and hopes for other funding did not come through," she said.
Ross said those issues put critical programs at risk of being cut.
"I am hopeful that the savings the organization will accumulate by eliminating the ED position will allow the staff to carry on with their crucial work."
Last week, the provincial government announced $900,000 to help address sexual violence. At that time, Ross said it was a constant fight to get the necessary funding to help victims of violence.
Ross said now that she's no longer executive director, she will do what she can to support the staff and the people receiving help through those programs.
Stepping Stone aims to help sex trade workers make safe and positive choices, the group said on its website.