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Fledgling efforts to kick start the Block Parent program back into action in Fort St. John will begin with an inaugural meeting tonight.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Futures building on 101 Avenue across from the post office.

“I’m hoping for more than at least 10 people,” said Valerie Coe, who is leading the efforts.

Coe said the meeting is a chance for people to come and register to be a Block Parent, and apply to join the group’s board of directors.

“We can’t do anything without a board,” Coe said.

Coe needs four people to dedicate themselves to board positions to oversee the program across the city, and needs dozens more to hang the familiar red and white signs in their windows.

The Block Parent program has been inactive in B.C. since about 2005, though it continues across much of the country. The program is a network of homes that offer a safe space if someone is being bullied, is injured or lost, or caught in severe weather on the streets.

Anyone can be a Block Parent, although an extensive criminal record check is required, along with a meeting between volunteers and the local board running the program.

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