August Newsletter: Residents across Northern B.C. to benefit from facility upgrades

August 11, 2015

“Without Northern Development this station would probably still be a shell.” – Marion Cousineau, president, Dunster Community Association.

“I’m so excited for that (kitchen/washroom addition) to be completed. I can hardly wait.” – Milly Durban, regarding renovations at the Wistaria Community Hall in Burns Lake.

“The Northern Development Initiative Trust was created by our government more than 10 years ago with the belief that economic development decisions for the North should be made in the North. This funding is a great example of that.” – Mike Bernier, MLA Peace River South

The above quotes are just a few examples of the good news Northern Development has heard this last month about its projects throughout the region. In our August Newsletter we’re highlighting a number of partnerships we’ve forged throughout the region – and making some news as well.

First, this month’s newsletter contains big news: our board has approved more than $600,000 in grant funding to support upgrades at the Williams Lake Airport and the Memorial and Kin arenas in Dawson Creek. The airport upgrades focus on runway resurfacing – that means a smoother ride for residents and visitors to the central Cariboo. The Memorial and Kin arena upgrades in Dawson Creek focus on ice plant replacements, ensuring the South Peace’s largest community can continue to attract and host major events.

The Trust also recently approved more than $100,000 in funding to support upgrades at community facilities – Wistaria Community Hall, which is nearly 100 years old, as well as the Valemount Lions Club and St. Luke’s on the Lake. And then there’s the Dunster CN station, which is 100 years old and has recently been transformed into a museum. And, if you like golf, the clubhouse at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club is being modernized thanks in part to help from the Trust.

Oh, and we certainly can’t forget that our interns are working their tails off serving communities from our Prince George office – read about it in Will George’s blog.

To check out our August newsletter click here.

Joel McKay
Director, Communications
Northern Development Initiative Trust