National Block Parent organization alive and well

In our Nov. 22 article Block Parent program in danger of being forgotten, we quoted local Block Parent association chair Karen Mercier as stating:

“However, Mercier said about five years ago, the national division of Block Parent dissolved and asked for the return of all signs currently in use because of public concerns over the types of people who might apply to become Block Parents.”

Although this is an accurate rendering of the information given us during our interview, we have been informed by the Alberta Block Parent Association that the National Parent has never dissolved and that the reason the signs were recalled was to issue new signs which had new security measures included on them. These measures included each sign having a registration number, a provincial decal and a year decal. regrets reporting the erroneous information.

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