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Club lets girls see city's attractions

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Alison Murray and her daughters, Brianna, 5, left, and Kaylee, 9 pose for a picture in front of their Christmas tree.
Thanks to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Kaylee and Brianna occasionally get to be tourists in their own town.
Like other kids enrolled in a Boys and Girls after-school program, nine-year-old Kaylee and five-year-old Brianna enjoy taking one of the outings regularly organized by club staff.
"They really enjoy going to places like the Kangaroo Farm and some of the other attractions around Kelowna," says the girls' mom, Alison Murray.
"The Boys and Girls Club gives them the opportunity to see the local attractions that I might not necessarily have the money to take them," Murray says.
Kaylee, a Grade 3 student with some special needs, has been going to an after-school program in West Kelowna for a couple years. She was joined this fall by her sister, Brianna.
"We really like the idea of the girls being together in the after-school program," Murray says. "They know each other's rhythms really well.
"Of course they like to play with girls their own age, but it still means a lot to know their sister is also there."
The Boys and Girls Club employees, Murray says, are well-trained and adept at dealing with Kaylee's special needs. "They've done an absolutely phenomenal job of making Kaylee feel like just another girl at the club," Murray says.
Murray started a full-time job this fall working for an accounting firm, a position she was able to secure knowing her daughters were being well taken care of after school.
"I'm so in love with the Boys and Girls Club," she says. "It's just feels like they're part of our family."
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