No screening, no money: Sask. considers changes for volunteers who work with kids
Premier Brad Wall says the Swift Current model might work province-wide
Premier Brad Wall says the Saskatchewan government is looking at making funding for organizations conditional on screening volunteers who work with children.
Swift Current mayor Jerrod Schafer recently issued a public apology to former junior hockey players who were molested by Swift Current Broncos coach Graham James. The city has decided to create its own certification system for anyone in the city who works with children, either through an organization or individually, on a volunteer or for-profit basis.
Wall said the Swift Current idea may be worth making a province-wide initiative.
"For those organizations that do get provincial funding, could we make it conditional on ensuring that there's some level of training, perhaps emulating what they're doing in Swift Current? That's an option we're going to certainly look at," Wall said.
Wall added that he wouldn't want the program to discourage volunteers.
"We need them. They make sure that music programs happen across this province, and that art programs happen across Saskatchewan, that there are sports available for young people to play and to try."
Wall said it's possible that any program which gets provincial money could be required to have its members go through a certification process.