New West school trustees support pad and tampon dispenser initiative

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New Westminster could be the first school district in the province to install coin-free pad and tampon dispensers in every school.

At a committee meeting this week, trustees voted in favour of having staff look into what it would take to have pad and tampon dispensers in all the city’s schools.

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The move came after a presentation by Vancouver resident Selina Tribe, who is going school district to school district advocating for the installation of these devices.

Trustee Danielle Connelly proposed the board also send letters to the ministries of education and health advocating for funding for Tribe’s initiative, which was also supported unanimously.

Staff are expected to present trustees with details about proposed costs and installation requirements in February.

Tribe will be in Burnaby in two weeks to present her recommendation to the school trustees in that city.