The Canadian Cancer Society will be closing their doors in Cranbrook in the near future.
The office is currently under a temporary closure as CCS is hiring new volunteer staff.
However, Senior Manager of Volunteer and Community Engagement Mya Gardiner says the long term plan is to shut down their Key City location.
“We are looking at closing the office probably within the next several months, but we don’t have a date yet,” Gardiner says. “We’ve done a review of offices, we’ve looked at all of our administrative costs and the Canadian Cancer Society is really looking at reducing the administrative costs wherever we can and plugging as much money as we can into our mission.”
Gardiner says East Kootenay residents can still access cancer services by phone.
“We have never had offices in every town, so we are very good at helping people from afar if you will and we’ve got our system set up so that works,” Gardiner says. “It just makes a lot of sense to be pulling out where we have not got some traffic in the offices to really support the administrative costs and justify that.”
Similar closures were announced by CCS in Vernon and Dawson Creek in recent months.
– Mya Gardiner, Senior Manager of Volunteer and Community Engagement with the Canadian Cancer Society
– Jeff Johnson