The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) hosted a Bavarian style barbecue on Sunday, May 29, at the Barriere Forks Regional Park.
Their invitation stated, “Come and help celebrate the past and future of your North Thompson Communities Foundation”. And that is exactly what occurred, as folks arrived who had started the Foundation and served as officers and directors over the years. They were joined by those who have supported NTCF through donations or fundraisers, as well as representatives of valley organizations and projects that have benefited from NTCF grants.
Guest of honour, Kevin McCort, president and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation spoke about the importance of Foundations in Canada, and how proud he was that B.C. Foundations are being recognized across the country for the good work they are doing.
Simpcw First Nation Chief Nathan Matthew also spoke and commented that he was happy to see the gathering in the park, where the land is respected and cared for.
MC for the event was NTCF rep Cheryl Thomas, with entertainment provided by Simpcw storyteller Leon Eustache, and music by Bill Fowler and Gilles Leger. The delicious barbecue was cooked and served up by chef Gary Birch from his Cook King Wagon.
In all, the event was an explanation of what Foundations are all about, and a celebration of how far the NTCF has come since its inception. Most importantly, those who attended took the opportunity to renew old friendships and relationships with area organizations or individuals, and to form new contacts and relationships for the future.