- As the Town of Faro carries on to deal with the fallout of an October 26 shooting that left two dead and one injured, the City of Whitehorse will be donating $5,000 towards those efforts.
- Many communities have been in touch to convey condolences and give support.
As the Town of Faro carries on to deal with the fallout of an October 26 shooting that left two dead and one injured, the City of Whitehorse will be donating $5,000 towards those efforts.
At Whitehorse city council’s November 15 meeting, members voted in favour of providing the grant from the council’s donation account for the town to use as it “sees fit as part of efforts to support the community as a result of the recent shooting tragedy.”
The vote came ahead a week after Coun. Jocelyn Curteanu questioned if there was any way Whitehorse could assist with Faro with other council members voicing their support for administration to look at what can be done.
At that meeting, city manager Jeff O’Farrell and Valerie Braga, the city’s director of corporate services, recalled donations of $5,000. From the council’s donation account to the Town of Haines, Alaska, in 2020 to help deal with a major landslide.
Funds went to the municipalities to determine the best way of managing the cash.
Council members expressed their support for a similar donation to Faro, with the administration bringing it forward for the vote on November 15.
“The current shooting in Faro, which took the lives of two people and injured others, has touched all Yukoners,” director of corporate services Valerie Braga told the council. A massive donation to the Town of Faro as a gesture of solidarity and support in the amount of $5,000.
With the advice brought forward, council members raised their hands on the side of the grant.
In a November 16 interview, Faro Mayor Jack Bowers said the town hadn’t yet been informed of the donation but noted he and others are grateful for the “tremendous support” coming across the country.
Many communities have been in touch to convey condolences and give support. Among those, the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation volunteered to put on a meal for the community.
At this point, it’s not known how the donation will be used, but Bowers said officials would likely reach out to the community and look at where it can be best directed. He noted he knows some residents have unique needs, such as property damage from the shooting.
Bowers noted the town is thankful to those who have reached out to provide support. Several fundraisers are also underway online to help those impacted by the shooting.
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