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Terrace-Kitimat airport expansion project ready to start taking off

June 8, 2018 | Terrace, B.C. – The Terrace-Kitimat Airport Terminal expansion project is ready to celebrate its grand opening, thanks in part to $250,000 in approved funding support provided by Northern Development. The Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society announced the completion of its Air Terminal expansion project today. The two and a half year project included new and renovated sections including a new Departures Terminal check-in area, airline offices and cargo area. Renovated areas include the security screening and security hold room. Additionally, a new board room and …

June 08,2018 | Read More »

New Hazelton receives $215,000 in approved funding for new community centre renovations

May 29, 2018 | New Hazelton, B.C. – Renovations for a new community centre for the District of New Hazelton are set to be underway, thanks to funding support from Northern Development. The District of New Hazelton has received $215,014 in approved funding from Northern Development’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program for a much-needed new multi-use community centre. The approved funding will go toward renovating a 7,080 square foot building into a new community centre, which will have the capacity to …

May 29,2018 | Read More »

New Geoscience BC Peace Project data key to water management and responsible resource development in northeast B.C.

Vancouver, BC – May 22, 2018 |  The final report from Geoscience BC’s Peace Project has been released today, providing important data for groundwater management and responsible resource development in northeast B.C. Produced by experts from Simon Fraser University, the report summarizes 16 pieces of research conducted since 2014 in a region where continuing oil and gas development means impartial, scientific data about groundwater is more important than ever before. The report provides significant new knowledge about groundwater in the …

May 22,2018 | Read More »

Get ready for a new round of connectivity funding for B.C. communities

May 3, 2018 | PRINCE GEORGE – Internet service providers and other community-based organizations will soon be eligible to apply for new $16 million grant funding to improve connectivity in rural, remote and Indigenous areas in B.C., announced Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. Beginning July 1, 2018, applications will be accepted for projects that will deliver last-mile connections to rural and remote homes and businesses. Last-mile projects are the final connections for homes, businesses and other institutions to a …

May 03,2018 | Read More »

Northern Development funds regional priority projects

April 23, 2018 – Prince George  |  Northern Development Initiative Trust puts communities in the driver’s seat and funds their economic development priorities  As part of its goal to support community-identified strategic priorities, Northern Development Initiative Trust approved $1.27 million in funding for five economic development projects throughout Northern B.C., thanks to the Strategic Initiatives Fund.  The Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) was launched in January of this year and was designed to put communities in the driver’s seat and propose projects that are strategic in nature and support long-term economic transformation …

April 23,2018 | Read More »

Northern Development elects new board officers

April 20, 2018 – Prince George | Northern Development Initiative Trust announces the election of new officers to its board of directors, voted in at the annual general meeting. New board chair Gerry Thiessen was elected by the board as the new chair and is currently serving his third term as mayor of the District of Vanderhoof. Incoming chair Thiessen has been a member of Northern Development’s board for six years and the chair of the Prince George Regional Advisory …

April 20,2018 | Read More »

Trails in Robson Valley to receive funding support

McBride, B.C. — April 6, 2018 — Parts of the National Hiking Trail in the Robson Valley will be receiving upgrades thanks to funding support from Northern Development and the BC Rural Dividend Program. Northern Development has approved $30,000 in funding support through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program towards the improvements being made to parts of the National Hiking Trail. Phase 1 of the project consists of partial reactivation of the East Twin Forest Service Road (FSR), including …

April 09,2018 | Read More »

BC Hydro donates $48,000 to support Peace Region non-profits

Fort St. John. — March 21, 2018 BC Hydro is providing $48,000 in grants to support five non-profit organizations in the Peace Region through its Generate Opportunities (GO) Fund. Award recipients include programs in support of palliative care, vulnerable seniors, vulnerable youth in sport and restorative justice. One of the five recipients, the Fort St. John and District Palliative Care Society, received $10,000 to expand palliative care support in the North Peace Region. “This grant will allow the Palliative Care …

March 21,2018 | Read More »

New funding announced for expanded high-speed internet

Exciting news today regarding investments in connectivity throughout northern B.C.$11.3 million in key foundational funding to four major connectivity projects through the provincial Connecting British Columbia program, which is administered by Northern Development.

March 13,2018 | Read More »

New Dock to Enhance Tourism in Telegraph Creek

TELEGRAPH CREEK, B.C. – March 12, 2018 A critical piece of infrastructure in Telegraph Creek is getting a new lease on life thanks in part to funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS). A new dock will be built in the remote northwest community this summer, which provides a key resource for industry, tourists and residents alike who make use of the Stikine River. Thanks to more than $300,000 in funding approvals ($214,000 …

March 12,2018 | Read More »

Port Edward announces Boat Launch upgrade

Jennifer Osmar, AltaGas Ltd., Mike Pucci, DP World, Gerald Wesley, Northern Development, Mayor Dave MacDonald, Councillor Christine MacKenzie, Samantha Donnelly, AltaGas Ltd. and Brad Landry, AltaGas Ltd. Port Edward, B.C. – March 9, 2018 The District of Port Edward is pleased to announce that the Port Edward public Boat Launch has been upgraded and will be ready for the 2018 season as it is fast approaching. This project was possible with the support of Northern Development Trust Initiative ($120,000); AltaGas …

March 09,2018 | Read More »

Expanded coverage brings high-speed internet access to Okanagan communities

February 2, 2018 — February 2, 2018 Rural and remote communities in the North and Central Okanagan are now enjoying the benefits of a high-speed internet connection, thanks to funding from the provincial government’s Connecting British Columbia program. “British Columbians, no matter where they live, need a fast and reliable internet connection to access the services they count on and be part of the growing digital economy,” said Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims. “Our government will continue to work …

February 02,2018 | Read More »

New Geoscience BC data to spark mineral exploration investment in northern BC

Vancouver, BC – January 23, 2018 Geoscience BC revealed new project data at the AME Roundup conference today that will spark investment in mineral exploration and guide land planning in northern BC. The Search Phase III project data highlights where mineral deposits may be with more accuracy than ever before. This will help the exploration sector, communities, First Nations, and governments to plan future land use and attract investment. Search Phase III covers a remote 9,600 km2 area of north …

January 23,2018 | Read More »

Northern Development and Government of Canada commit $480,000 to First Nations Government Internship program for Northern B.C.

The program will support up to four paid internships in First Nations communities throughout northern B.C. from 2018 to 2020 January 17, 2018 – For Immediate Release – Prince George, B.C. A pilot project that supports First Nations government internships in northern B.C. just received a significant boost thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Government of Canada. The Trust and the Department of Indigenous Services Canada have together committed $480,000 over the next three years …

January 17,2018 | Read More »

New funding programs to drive innovation and economic priorities in the North

Prince George, B.C., January 16, 2018 – For immediate release Northern Development Initiative Trust announced two new funding programs today that will support innovation projects in traditional northern B.C. industries and key community-based strategic economic priorities. The Northern Industries Innovation Fund and the Strategic Initiatives Fund will provide up to $1.65 million annually in grant funding for projects throughout central and northern B.C. These funds are part of the Trust’s ongoing response to mitigate the economic impact of the mountain pine …

January 16,2018 | Read More »

Northern Development and Small Business BC to provide unlimited webinar access to small businesses

Prince George, B.C. – January 10, 2018 – For immediate release Small businesses who participate in the Love Northern BC shop local program and the Supply Chain Connector procurement platform will now have unlimited access to educational webinars, thanks to a one-year partnership between Small Business BC and Northern Development Initiative Trust. The partnership will provide nearly 4,000 eligible businesses unlimited access to close to 300 small business webinars covering more than 40 business topics. The partnership follows a four-month …

January 10,2018 | Read More »

State of the North economic report highlights regional and industry trends

Tuesday January 9, 2017 – For Immediate Release A new report provides a snapshot view of the state of the economy for the entire central and northern B.C. region. The 2017 State of the North economic report has been produced thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and MNP, and is intended to provide community and business leaders with comprehensive sector-specific and regional data that will help shed light on opportunities and inform investment decisions. The State of …

January 09,2018 | Read More »

Business Ambassadors to help with Cariboo-Chilcotin wildfire recovery

Williams Lake/Quesnel/Ashcroft, B.C. – December 19, 2017 – For immediate release Businesses and non-profit organizations in wildfire affected communities in the Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet area will soon have additional support thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT), Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC Cariboo Chilcotin, CFDC North Cariboo and CFDC Sun Country) and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC). Thanks to this partnership, an Emergency Response Coordinator and Business Ambassadors will work from CFDC offices in Quesnel, Williams Lake and …

December 19,2017 | Read More »

Enhanced City of Prince George, Northern Development partnership to further stimulate downtown development

At tonight’s Council meeting, Prince George City Council approved changes to the Downtown Incentives Program which promise to help further revitalize the downtown area. The changes to the partnering agreement between the City and Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) will improve the existing program by providing further enticement for developers to invest in downtown housing, which will serve to attract residents to the city centre to live. Northern Development’s board of directors approved the allocation of $1.8 million and amended …

December 18,2017 | Read More »

Burns Lake Community Forest achieves globally recognized certification

The Burns Lake Community Forest (BLCF) has been granted Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification with Ecotrust Canada, a national non-profit organization. The FSC Forest Management Certification has the most rigorous forest management standards in the world. It is a voluntary market-based system available to forestry organizations who want to demonstrate responsible forest management by having their planning and practices independently reviewed by third-party auditors. The certification helps protect the people, plant and animal species that live around, and depend on, …

December 18,2017 | Read More »

Grand opening celebrated at West Fraser Aquatic Centre

Williams Lake, B.C. – Thursday, December 14, 2017 Today, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and the City of Williams Lake, along with representatives from West Fraser, Northern Development Initiative Trust and the provincial government, celebrated the official grand opening of the Sam Ketcham Pool (SKP) Upgrade Project at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The completed project includes a new fitness centre, lap tank, swirl pool, steam room and leisure pool. The leisure area features …

December 15,2017 | Read More »

Sixth annual BC Buy Local Week underway

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Monday, November 27, 2017 The sixth annual Buy Local Week in BC kicks off today with a record number of participating communities around the province joining together to celebrate local businesses and the big impact of buying locally. “Local businesses make unique contributions to our communities and to our economy, so it is important that shoppers think about buying locally as the holiday shopping season begins,” says Amy Robinson, founder and executive director of LOCO BC, which …

November 27,2017 | Read More »

Incentive program stimulates Prince George downtown development

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Construction crews have started work on a new, nine-unit condo development at 1694 7th Avenue downtown Prince George, bringing more multi-family housing to the city centre. The project is latest to be eligible for the City’s Multi-Family Housing Incentives Program, a partnership between the City of Prince George and Northern Development, aimed at incenting housing development downtown. The partnership and incentive program have been in place since 2012. Three projects have already benefitted form the incentive …

November 07,2017 | Read More »

Chetwynd celebrates new arena upgrades

Chetwynd, B.C. – Monday, November 6, 2017 The public and project supporters were all on hand this past Thursday as the District of Chetwynd celebrated the completion of their new arena upgrades. Recreation facility upgrades are always a proud moment for communities and it was no different for the District of Chetwynd as Mayor Merlin Nichols, Northern Development’s CEO Joel McKay, and representatives from the Peace River Regional District participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the arena. The Chetwynd …

November 06,2017 | Read More »

Tumbler Ridge joins the Love Northern BC shop local program

Tumbler Ridge, B.C. – Monday, October 23, 2017 Another wonderful community has joined our Love Northern BC shop local family. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the small friendly town of Tumbler Ridge is home to just over 2,700 people, with a few neighbours from the Cretaceous Period. Dinosaur fossil discoveries around the area may have put the town on the map, but it’s the people and the local businesses that help keep it there. The small town boasts …

October 23,2017 | Read More »

New arena underway for the Hazeltons

Hazelton, B.C. – Friday, October 13, 2017 It was finally groundbreaking day for the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre in Hazelton, B.C. Northern Development’s CEO Joel McKay was on hand at the ceremony to show support for the construction of the new arena along with officials from the Province of British Columbia and the Owners Partnership Committee for the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre. The facility is envisioned as having the potential to be the primary venue to pursue sports tourism opportunities …

October 13,2017 | Read More »

Northern Development now accepting 2018 applications

Prince George, B.C. — Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Northern Development is now accepting applications for projects that are slated to begin in 2018. The Trust offers a wide range of funding programs and one of the keys to success is to apply early. Understanding the application requirements of every funding agency can be challenging. By applying early, it provides the opportunity for our staff to work directly with you to ensure your application has the best chance of success. Timelines …

September 07,2017 | Read More »

Bulkley-Nechako farmers get a helping hand

Burns Lake, B.C. – Monday, August 21, 2017 – For immediate release Thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN), a new Regional Agriculture Coordinator will soon be in place to provide much needed capacity to farmers in the Bulkley-Nechako region. Northern Development has approved $131,666 in funding to support a two year pilot project. The regional district is contributing support for the position as well, with additional funding exceeding $65,000. The …

August 21,2017 | Read More »

Entrepreneurial Mindset Grant Provides FREE Training for Northern BC Business Owners

Northern Development Initiative Trust is proud to be a partner in providing this business development opportunity. BONUS: Assessments completed by July 17 entered to win a $100 VISA GC How can you build on your strengths, grow your business and make more money? It’s all about mindset! As a business owner, you need to have your head in the game to stay competitive. Having an “entrepreneurial mindset” can help you make good decisions, be confident in your abilities and plan …

June 26,2017 | Read More »

Project to reveal geology of north central and northeastern BC

Northern Development Initiative Trust and Geoscience BC have partnered on an aerial survey to identify hidden mineral potential in north central and northeastern British Columbia. Called Search Phase III, the survey will use helicopters fitted with magnetic sensors to build a better understanding of geology in the area. Once complete, project information will be made publicly available to help communities, First Nations, the resource sector and government to make informed decisions about responsible development and investment in BC. This includes …

May 24,2017 | Read More »

Northern Development approves funding for several City of Prince George community facilities

Tuesday March 28, 2017  PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George has many well-used facilities that are vital to the area for hosting events, providing resident services and building a sense of community. Thanks in part to $180,000 in funding from Northern Development, several of these community assets will soon see improvements and expansions. Northern Development’s board of directors recently approved funding for six community facilities through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program. The program provides a maximum of $30,000 in …

March 28,2017 | Read More »

Northern Development approves $125,000 for Smithers Airport Terminal Expansion

Tuesday March 21, 2017  The Smithers Airport Terminal Modernization Project has gotten another boost in funding thanks to the commitment of $125,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust. Northern Development’s board of directors approved the funding for the $8 million project through the Trust’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program. The program specifically targets projects that significantly strengthen the local economy, that drive revenue and job creation through a major capital investment and provide a long-term asset for the community. The Terminal Modernization …

March 21,2017 | Read More »

Delegation from Denmark meets with Trust to discuss rural development strategies

A delegation from Denmark visited northern B.C. over the past two days to meet with regional leaders in rural economic development and education strategies. Northern Development representatives met with the seven members from the Danish Rural Districts and Islands committee yesterday to showcase a variety of our programs that support the economic growth and resiliency of communities throughout northern B.C. Pictured above is the delegation with Northern Development’s Chief Financial Officer, Brenda Gendron (sixth from the left), who was one …

March 09,2017 | Read More »

Barkerville lifts off a winter magic carpet ride

Barkerville, B.C. – February 9, 2017 Once winter hits, Barkerville transforms into a playground for recreational activities, and thanks to the efforts of the Barkerville Heritage Trust and Northern Development Initiative Trust you can now visit the historic town and take in a magic carpet ride. The Shamrock Lift and Tube Run is the newest activity in Barkerville where outdoor skating, backcountry snowshoeing, and sledding are already offered in the winter months. The Magic Carpet lift is a key feature …

February 09,2017 | Read More »

New clubhouse supports winter activities in Vanderhoof

Today the Nechako Valley Sporting Association officially unveiled their new clubhouse. The Nechako Valley Sporting Association offers rich programming using trails and shooting ranges at both recreational and competitive levels in biathlon and cross country skiing, The new clubhouse replaces an old shed which was rat infested, unheated and had no power and light. With new storage, office and event space, the building will provide the space needed to support not-only daily community use, but also the hosting of training …

February 07,2017 | Read More »

BC Hydro donates $45,000 to support non-profits in Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro’s Site C project has provided $45,000 in grants to support five non-profit organizations in the Peace Region through its Generate Opportunities (GO) Fund. The $800,000 GO Fund was established in September 2016 as part of the Site C mitigation measures to help support Peace Region non-profit organizations that provide services to vulnerable populations, including children, families and seniors. This is the first time that grants have been awarded from the Fund. Recipients include: • …

January 31,2017 | Read More »

Operational Upgrades Scheduled for Prince George Airport

Prince George, B.C. – January 25, 2017 The Prince George Airport will soon undertake renovations and operational upgrades valued at $683,886 to increase efficiencies and enable future growth for daily flights and new airlines thanks in part to the support of funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust. In 2016, Northern Development’s board of directors approved $368,418 in funding for the projects through its Economic Diversification Infrastructure program. The program specifically targets projects that significantly strengthen the local economy, that drive …

January 25,2017 | Read More »

Improved high-speed Internet comes to Lytton

LYTTON – Lytton area residents and businesses will be able to access reliable high-speed Internet following the completion of two Lytton Area Wireless Society (Lyttonnet) connectivity projects worth $624,586, which received $244,550 from the Connecting British Columbia program. Nearly 300 homes and many local companies are now better able to learn, do business, access services and stay connected through Internet speeds comparable with larger urban areas. The projects benefit the Village of Lytton, the Lytton First Nation, rural Lytton, and …

December 16,2016 | Read More »

High-speed Internet access coming to Poole Creek

The Connecting British Columbia program is providing $133,000 to Base Technology Ltd. to deliver Poole Creek residents with high-speed Internet access for the first time. An estimated 150 households will be better able to learn, do business, access services and stay connected through high-speed Internet access. Local emergency services will also benefit from open access to the new communications infrastructure and backup generators. Connecting British Columbia is a $10 million grant program funded by the Province and administered by Northern …

December 02,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development’s Forest Innovation Fund fully subscribed in first year

The local forest sector is harnessing opportunities to innovate thanks in part to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Forest Innovation Fund. Within eight months of announcing the new funding program, $486,744 (97% of available 2016 funding) was approved to support the deployment of innovative technologies and new or improved products to help optimize the fibre supply in central and northern B.C. The funding was committed to 12 projects in communities throughout the region, including: Prince George, Smithers, 100 Mile House, McLeod …

November 25,2016 | Read More »

Connaught Youth Centre more accessible thanks to Trust funding

For many years, the Connaught Youth Centre has provided a warm facility for all cadet corps and a variety of community user groups. This year the Connaught Youth Centre’s request for funding to provide a wheel chair lift for the CYC was supported by Northern Development through a $30,000 grant. The funding was matched by the Province of British Columbia. “…It is essential that we improve accessibility in our community and province. The Connaught Youth Centre is an important and …

November 08,2016 | Read More »

Enhanced gym floor at City’s recreation complex the result of community partnership

PRINCE RUPERT – The City of Prince Rupert’s Recreation Complex today celebrated a newly-refinished playing surface for the Russell Gamble Gymnasium. The project was completed at a cost of $74,000 through funding provided by partners including the Port of Prince Rupert, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and the City of Prince Rupert. The floor’s commissioning took place at the Gymnasium today with a pick-up game of basketball between local participants in the All-Native Basketball Tournament, and members of the Charles Hays …

November 08,2016 | Read More »

A couple of signs for a vibrant downtown

Two new welcome signs were officially unveiled today welcoming residents and visitors alike into Prince George’s downtown core. The project was part of a $1 million Placemaking Enhancement Initiative by the Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association, which included $250,000 in funding from Northern Development. The project began in 2014 as part of the preparations for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the city’s 100th Anniversary and UNBC’s 25th Anniversary. The project included the installation of wayfinding signs, landscaping, public art …

November 04,2016 | Read More »

Trust recognised for commitment to business development

On September 22nd, Community Futures British Columbia presented Northern Development with a recognition award for outstanding contributions towards supporting business development in Northern B.C. The Trust was recognised as playing a vital role in supporting business growth through the delivery of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate Program and Forest Innovation Fund. Both of these business initiatives help build the capacity and growth of businesses in Northern B.C. The Awards Dinner was part of the Annual Community Futures Conference which was focused …

September 26,2016 | Read More »

Love Northern BC shop local campaign expands in the Northeast and Central Coast

Locally owned, independent businesses in Taylor and throughout the central coast of B.C. are the latest to join the Love Northern BC program (www.lovenorthernbc.com), continuing to build the regional shop local campaign. The Love Northern BC shop local program is funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust. The program showcases more than 1,400 businesses across 34 communities throughout central and northern B.C. With the launch of Love Taylor BC (www.lovetaylorbc.com) on September 18th, and the Love Central Coast BC (www.lovecentralcoastbc.com) on …

September 19,2016 | Read More »

BC Hydro establishes $800,000 fund to support non-profits in Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro today launched an $800,000 fund to support Peace Region non-profit organizations. The Generate Opportunities (GO) fund will be distributed over an eight-year period to organizations that provide services to vulnerable populations including children, families and seniors. “We recognize the important role that non-profit organizations play in providing programs and services to the community,” said Jessica McDonald, CEO of BC Hydro. “We’re really pleased to establish the BC Hydro GO Fund to support Peace Region …

September 13,2016 | Read More »

Trust funding will allow Barkerville to expand visitor centre

Barkerville Historic Town & Park will be able to expand their visitor centre and off-season programming, thanks in part to Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Trust’s board of directors approved $181,491 in grant funding to support the project at their most recent board meeting. The historic site is located 81 kilometres east of Quesnel at the end of Highway 26 nestled in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, and is a popular destination for both tourists and locals from surrounding …

September 08,2016 | Read More »

Northern Development board selects new CEO

Earlier this year, Northern Development Initiative Trust announced that our current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would be retiring this fall and that the Trust would commence the search for her replacement. The Trust’s Board of Directors has selected a new Chief Executive Officer to succeed retiring CEO Janine North and ensure a smooth transition of leadership this fall. Joel McKay, the Trust’s Director of Communications, will succeed Ms. North as CEO beginning October 3rd, 2016. McKay joined the Trust’s executive …

August 15,2016 | Read More »

Trust approves $250,000 for event facility at Peace Island Park

A covered event facility will be built at Peace Island Park along the south banks of the Peace River later this summer, thanks in part to help from Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Trust’s board of directors approved a $250,000 grant to support the project at their most recent board meeting. The new multi-purpose facility would provide a weather-proof building suitable for hosting more events such as weddings, family reunions and club and community gatherings held annually. Construction of the …

August 11,2016 | Read More »

Love Lillooet: Regional shop local campaign comes to Lillooet

Lillooet is the latest community to join the shop local movement and largest shop local marketing campaign in Canada with the launch of Love Lillooet (lovelillooet.com) on Friday July 29th. Love Lillooet promotes the area’s independent, locally-owned businesses with an aim to strengthen the local economy. The program provides participating businesses with a digital presence and on the ground marketing support.  These resources showcase businesses, their owners and the products and services they offer through first-rate photography and storytelling. Not …

August 02,2016 | Read More »