THE three children of late prison reform activist Wayne Chance are to receive financial support from Government until they become adults.
The Cabinet decision was announced yesterday by Minister of Social Development Camille Robinson-Regis, whose ministry “has secured the approval of the Cabinet to fulfil the commitment given by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to provide financial assistance to fund the education of the three children of deceased Vision on Mission founder Wayne Chance”.
Chance was a former convict who went on to become an advocate for prison reform programmes and better conditions in the nation’s jails.
Through his work, he appealed to society to recognise that often, most convicts would be able to re-enter and contribute to their communities if they were given opportunities to reform.
Chance died in November after a battle with cancer.
He was 47.
Robinson-Regis said in a statement yesterday that Chance’s three children—ages nine, ten and 13—“will each receive a monthly stipend equivalent to the monthly subvention paid by the Government for children placed in community residences”.
This sum will be paid until each of the children attains the age of 18 and will be reviewed every three years.
Robinson-Regis said: “Many times, persons working with the less fortunate make tremendous personal and professional sacrifices which also impact negatively on their families, and following their demise, these families are left to fend for themselves.”
She said: “The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services believes that in keeping with the Prime Minister’s promise, there is an obligation to ensure that not only does the work of Vision on Mission continue but that Mr Chance’s family receives some of the very assistance their father provided to so many others.”
The minister has held preliminary discussions with Giselle Chance, widow of Wayne Chance, with a meeting to finalise the stipend arrangements, including the mechanism by which the funds will be accessed.
These are scheduled for next week, the ministry said.