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Carole James coming to Nelson Saturday

Former BC NDP leader Carole James will be in Nelson this weekend for a panel discussion on childcare.

Former BC NDP leader Carole James will be in Nelson this weekend for a panel discussion on childcare.

The event at Self-Design High results from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will also include family expert Dr. Barry Trute and local community service professional Judy Pollard.

The title of the discussion is “Making childcare work for your family.”

MLA Michelle Mungall will moderate the forum, which is presented by the Nelson-Creston NDP association.

Prior to entering provincial politics, James was the BC government’s director of child care policy.

The forum will be James’ first public speaking engagement outside her riding since stepping down as leader.

Trute, meanwhile, is an advocate for family-centred services and has consulted governments across Canada and internationally. He was a co-founder and senior editor of the Canadian Journal of Community and Mental Health.

Judy Pollard chairs the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-op and is an expert on community and family services.

The forum will follow the Nelson-Creston NDP constituency association’s annual general meeting, which starts at 3 p.m.

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