NT Communities Foundation ready to mark 10th birthday

letter to the editor from Cheryl Thomas, North Thompson Valley Communities Foundation Chair

To the editor;

The North Thompson Valley Communities Foundation will celebrate it’s tenth year birthday during 2013.

Throughout these years we have continuously supported the various communities of the valley with grants to support the development of groups and organizations such as the Challengers program at YCS, the Redneck Rodeo 4H Club, and a wide variety of sports and outdoor groups.

We have contributed to the ungrading of Community Halls in the Upper Clearwater, Blue River, and the Sportsplex in Clearwater. We have supported festivals; for example the Wildfire Dragon Festival in Louis Creek, and we have helped purchase ski equipment for Barriere youth. The list is long and varied.

The Foundation began when the Weyerhauser mill closed.  We partnered with the Vancouver Foundation to double our funding in the beginning; but we have also invested with the Interior Savings Credit Union locally.

Thanks to the generous donations from local families, these local investments are growing steadily.

Investing in the future of your community is a forward thinking and progressive way to contribute to your community and the lives of all who live within.

We, the volunteer Board of Directors, and the recipients of the interest from these funds (that is where the grant money comes from),  say “Thank you to these families and groups for their support”.

If you would like to know more about, or contribute to, the North Thompson Valley Communities Foundation, do contact one of our directors;  in McLure – Bob Hearn, in Louis Creek – Susan Garland, in Barriere – Mike Fennell and  and Kevin Bryant, in Chu Chua- Celena Slater, in Vavenby – Ted Richardson, in Clearwater – Councillor Barry Banford, Gina Walchuck, Hazel Wadlegger and Cheryl Thomas (and we would welcome on board someone from the north end of the valley as well).

Cheryl Thomas

Chair –  2013