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Barriere loses out on Splash Pad voting at Pepsi Refresh

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Barriere Splash Pad in the Pepsi Refresh program.  Unfortunately, Barriere’s final position in the voting was seventh, and therefore not a finalist in this round of voting.  However, North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (NTVIC) staff person Kathy Dunn says the Splash Pad proposal will be resubmitted for another attempt.

In the meantime, Barriere currently has two other projects in the running on the Pepsi Refresh Everything site (  One is for the Barriere Community Garden, and the other is for the NTVIC After School Program.

The North Thompson Valley Garden Club is attempting to win $5K to purchase and install an underground sprinkler system, and to purchase metal roofing material to cover the trellised seating area for shade on hot summer days.  The Barriere Community Garden provides the community of Barriere and surrounding areas with a place to come together to learn from one another, grow their own vegetables and plants, gain horticultural skills, and socialize. This is a place where parents, grandparents and teachers are able to inspire their children, grandchildren and students and introduce them to the joys and value of gardening. The children gain skills and an appreciation of food, plants and the earth, all while providing an invaluable bonding opportunity.

The NTVIC After School Program is looking to gain $10K in funding to continue the program and to increase funding for craft supplies and snacks for the children attending.  This program fills a huge void in available child care in our community. It also gives parents and children an opportunity to have a structured social program outside of school. The homework assistance program, run by retired area teachers, has thrilled parents and is a great benefit to the success of our students.

Both of these programs help make Barriere a better place and are looking for your votes to help win them the funding from the Pepsi Refresh program.  Voting has already started and will continue until April 30th, 8 p.m. PST.

For more information about these programs or how to vote call Kathy Dunn at NTVIC 250-672-0033.


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