|Alesha Taylor and her daughter Mattaya are hoping for a little help to get through Christmas.|
"It's tough as a single parent," said Taylor, but the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs helped out with its Cameron Park daycare.
"Her dad is not involved at all whatsoever, so that was a big challenge for me. I've overcome quite a bit of adversity in my life. Maybe I wasn't an ideal youth, but I've turned into a responsible, contributing member of society."
Taylor had her choice of different life paths and was determined to find "a better life for us."
She's sure she made the right choice.
"I could have been a single parent and said: 'Poor me.' But on the other hand, I'm working hard to make things better for us. And there were better opportunities for us here in Kelowna," she said.
"We're very happy. Things are going really well in our first two-and-a-half months here, and we hope to continue that in the new year."
Mattaya really enjoys the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club daycare at Cameron Park, said her mother. "She's done really well there. They've been really, really great. She was on the borderline of not feeling so great, but they were accommodating and gave her the opportunity to come into daycare so I could try to go to work. Some daycares would just say: 'No, no, just keep them at home.'"
Taylor has no backup, no support system, no family in Kelowna, so she appreciates the club's help.