55 memorial plots from the Westbank Cemetery were originally stolen (Capital News File)

West Kelowna Council sets up Westbank Cemetery Fund

The fund is for all the family members impacted by the memorial bronze thefts last month

Victims impacted by the theft of their relative’s bronze markers late last month from the Westbank Cemetery will get financial support.

West Kelowna Council announced on Tuesday that they’ve set up a donation fund for the impacted families involved in the incident.

READ MORE: Stolen plaques to be restored at Kelowna cemetery

While the 36 of the stolen bronze markers were recoverd through a police investigation, 19 of them were damaged beyond repair.

People can donate by visiting the West Kelowna City Hall at 2760 Camerson Road with either a cheque, cash or debit card. Alternatively, cheques can also be mailed to the city’s West Kelowna Cemetery Memorial Fund.

Donors will be provided a tax donation receipt for donations exceeding $20.

Impacted families can also be reimbursed for a portion of their replacement memorial expenses by providing their receipt of purchase to the city. The city is waiving installation fees for impacted families.

The city said a security officer will now patrol the cemetery each evening to increase enforcement.

If anyone has more information on the theft of the bronze markers they’re asked to call West Kelowna RCMP.


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