Editor, The Times:
North Thompson Communities Foundation will celebrate its 10th 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 Yellowhead Community Services,, the Redneck Rodeo 4H Club and a wide variety of sports and outdoor groups. We have contributed to the upgrading of community halls in the Upper Clearwater and Blue River, and the Sportsplex in Clearwater. We have supported festivals – for example the Wildfire Dragon Festival in Louis Creek, and helped purchase ski equipment for Barriere youth. The list is long and varied.
The Foundation began when the Weyerhaeuser mill in Vavenby closed. We partnered with the Vancouver Foundation to double our funding in the beginning, but have also invested with 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 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) thank these families and groups for their support.
If you would like to know more about or contribute to North Thompson Communities Foundation, contact one of the directors. In McLure – Bob Hearn, in Louis Creek – Susan Garland, in Barriere – Mike Fennel 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, too).
Cheryl Thomas, 2013 chair
North Thompson Communities Foundation