I am writing concerning the closure of Adult Basic Education (ABE) at the College of the North Atlantic and the way it will affect me and my family.
I was a worker at High Liner Foods in Burin for 25 years when it closed down. While working there I had a family prescription drug plan. While working at the plant my wife was in a serious car accident. She has serious back and neck injuries which require her to travel to St. John’s several times a year for medical treatment. There is a possibility she may need an operation; she will see a neurosurgeon in August.
I require medication for a heart condition. I have a prescription drug plan here at the College of the North Atlantic but when I leave this college and go to a private college, I won’t have this option. The living allowance I will receive from my sponsor will not be enough to cover my family’s basic financial needs. Like most families, we have a mortgage, car payment and other household bills.
I have a daughter in elementary school who needs to have food, clothing and school supplies. If I have to buy all our family prescriptions without a drug plan, I honestly don’t feel l will be able to afford to stay in school. Losing the drug plan will be very stressful on me and my family.
I think the government should reconsider its decision to privatize Adult Basic Education or make sure the private college has a prescription drug plan that is put in place by September.
I need an education so I can take a trade and once again provide for my family, as I have for so many years.