The North Thompson Volunteer & Information Centre (NTVIC) was opened in late 2003 after the wildfires came through the community of Barriere. It was started as a meeting place and an information centre for locals. Since that time NTVIC has conscientiously worked to provide support to the local non-profit groups through workshops, information sharing, volunteer coordination and office assistance. The Centre has proudly grown into the hub of the volunteer community of Barriere.
The Centre’s mission is to be a place to promote and encourage the positive flow of communication, and to provide programs that support the physical, social and cultural needs with a view of strengthening community well being. It is a place to co-ordinate, provide support and focus the energies of volunteers from McLure to Little Fort.
NTVIC works hard to collaborate with area organizations, schools, the District mayor and council, as well as community members to develop and provide programs and training opportunities that organizations and the public want and need for the betterment of the community.
“We are very happy to have a great working relationship with the District of Barriere,” NTVIC president Donna Kibble was pleased to say. “We are here for the community. To help find funding for programs, supply meeting space and storage, and assist all other area organizations in any way that we can.”
Currently, NTVIC provides meeting space for over 500 people, and that doesn’t count those who attend the yoga or other fitness classes. The Centre puts on a Free Income Tax Preparation program for low income residents and seniors. They have several active programs including: a Youth Volunteer Recruitment and Training program; an Indoor Walking program, the Before and After-school program; and a Summer Sports for Youth program. They help local organizations applying for funding grants and offer a variety of office services. The Centre partners with other community businesses and organizations to put on the annual Citizen of the Year Banquet and Santa Parade. They help with registration for a variety of community programs and events. NTVIC also prints the “What’s Up” calendar, which lists the many different events happening at the Volunteer Centre.
Their only source of income is what they charge for memberships and room rentals, as well as the occasional grant.
There are 24 community groups that have a membership with NTVIC, as well as 13 individuals.
With only one paid employee, they rely heavily on volunteers and are always happy to have someone new drop by to offer their assistance. Anyone who wishes to help can drop by the Centre or give them a call at 250-672-0033. They are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.