Families allege abuse at Jason Kenney's brother's treatment centre

Main: Employment Minister Jason Kenney. Inset: His brother, David Kenney, executive director of...

Main: Employment Minister Jason Kenney. Inset: His brother, David Kenney, executive director of NeurVana Innovative Recovery and Wellness in Kelowna, B.C. (Reuters/NeurVana.ca)

Sheena Goodyear, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

Three families have launched a lawsuit alleging their teenage kids were bullied and mistreated at an unlicensed youth treatment centre run by Employment Minister Jason Kenney's brother.

NeurVana Innovative Recovery and Wellness in Kelowna, B.C., run by David Kenney and his wife Susan, purports to help kids with drug addiction, depression and psychological issues. It bills itself online as being "officially recognized by the province of British Columbia."

Not so, says the provincial government, which closed the centre in December for operating without a license. Government officials informed parents their kids would have to go home.

That's when parents said they started hearing horror stories from their kids.

Marco Francesco Lilliu, the families' lawyer, alleges the 16-year-old children were "ridiculed" by David Kenney "if they complained whatsoever."


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