North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre in Barriere changing name

Board says focus of society has moved away from original mandate and is now becoming a community centre

Since the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (NTVIC) opened its doors after the 2003 Wildfires, their focus and activities have slowly moved away from being a society whose main purpose was to help coordinate and assist volunteer organizations in the Barriere area.

The mandate of a volunteer centre is quite different than the community centre in which NTVIC has evolved into. The NTVIC board members have discussed this and say they now feel the time is right to change both the name and the mandate of the organization.

Most importantly the board members were concerned about not moving forward with these changes, some or all of the existing programs that are currently being held could be in jeopardy of closing, including the NTVIC After School Program if the changes are not made.

As a result, the board has put into motion the paperwork required for changing NTVIC’s name to the North Thompson Community Centre (the preferred name of choice – although three choices had to be submitted).

They are also revising the organization’s mandate to match that of a not-for-profit community centre.

This change will allow the organization to qualify for a much larger range of available grants as well as opportunities at the Barriere Ridge building that will benefit the entire community.

At their upcoming Annual General Meeting on Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at the Ridge, members will be voting to make this change official. The Community Centre’s Board of Directors election will also be held at the meeting.

The NTVIC board says, “We urgently need more individuals from the community to step up on the board as there are directors that have notified the board that they will be stepping down.”

For more information on becoming a Director with the North Thompson Community Centre, or if you have an activity you would like to see at the Ridge, please contact Dori at 250-672-0033 or

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