This decision was not made lightly by the Board of the OOTC Shelter. Their collective vision for a sustainable shelter that is essential in the community was a significant factor considered. “As members of the Board of OOTC, we are hopeful that a new service provider will be able to sustain the OOTC Shelter and guide it through the changes necessary to meet both the current and emerging needs of its patrons. Needs which we as a Board are not able to provide currently.  We are grateful that KDSB is taking this action,” says Aileen Urquhart, Board Member of Sioux Lookout’s Out of the Cold.

The KDSB will issue an Expression of Interest for future operation services and enhancements to the current shelter strategy.

“The Kenora District Services Board wants to acknowledge the hard work, compassion, and dedication of the Out of the Cold Shelter Board of Directors. Their commitment over the last many years to ensuring vulnerable individuals have a safe, accessible place to be, and their support in assisting patrons with gaining independence from emergency services, has been instrumental in keeping many in need safe and supported in Sioux Lookout. We look forward to working with the community and services providers in ensuring the community continues to have an emergency shelter that is resilient and meets the changing needs of the community,” says Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the KDSB.

There will be no changes in emergency shelter operation at OOTC during the transition. Sioux Lookout’s OOTC shelter will continue to offer its emergency shelter services daily from 4:00 pm – 9:00 am.

Media Contacts:

Roberta Lappage
Communications Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 223-2100 x 2474

Aileen Urquhart
OOTC Sioux Lookout

Roy Dedon
OOTC Sioux Lookout
(807) 737-3058

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