Re: A Launching Pad into recovery, Oct. 25.
Thanks for the article on the Launching Pad.
It, for the most part, was informative and accurate. There was a paragraph, however, that indicated that the Pad was in jeopardy of closing in 2007 due to the owner selling out.
(Editors’ note: the information about the sale was based on a B.C. government news release issued when the province provided $250,000 in the form of a grant toward the purchase of the building, as well as another $500,000 in the form of a mortgage.)
I would like to state that this is inaccurate. The only reason that the Pad exists is because of the then-owners, the Houston Family, and Ed Warnke working together.
In fact, the Houston family decided to sell the property to the society at a price that was under market valuation. As well, the Houston family donated $50,000 from the proceeds back to the Launching Pad.
The Houston family is still the largest single supporter of the Pad and are key to its continued viability.
Ken Falconer, Launching Pad Addictions Rehabilitation Society