The SJHL Assistance Program had its coffers swell to approximately 1.4-million-dollars with Monday’s announcement of a 768-thousand-dollar contribution from Federated Co-operatives Limited.
The program was established two days after the April 6th Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy as a way to support the on-going need to support the mental health of players, coaches, families and volunteers through the league. Support services through the SJHL Assistance Program can be accessed by going through the Canadian Red Cross website or by calling Homewood Health at 1-866-459-4805. League President Bill Chow further explained how the monies are utilized at a conference Monday.
“We pay a monthly fee for that 1-866 number, and if there ends up being counseling that is in further detail, psychologically assistance through further detail, and if there’s invoices or bills that come from that, then we get those invoices and we pay for those,” Chow said.
The cheque presentation was made Monday at the Legends Centre in Warman, where the annual SJHL Showcase of games is being held involving all 12 teams.
Chow added the league has entered into a “new normal”.