BVCF giving to your Community

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation celebrates giving $30,000 in one year

Some of the many 2019 Bulkley Valley Community Foundation grant recipients. (Grant Harris photo)

The purpose of the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation (BCVF) is to create opportunities for donors to support local initiatives, organizations and individuals to improve the quality of life throughout our communities. Founded almost three decades ago we have steadily grown our assets and grant making. Our dedicated team governs grants, award programs, investing and outreach.

The BVCF provides grants for projects in many fields of interest: Community, culture, fine arts, education, social and family, sports and recreation, youth and health. In 2018 we granted over $30,000 to local non-profit organizations. Notably this year thanks to a bequest by the late Mr. F. Pfeiffer we are now able to greatly expand our scholarship and learning awards program for the foreseeable future.

Our board of directors: many thanks to Sean Mitchell and Kate Daniels-Howard, who retired from the board in 2018 but continue to assist. Current directors are Colleen Burns, Mike Doogan-Smith, Jill Dunbar, Ryan Hill, John Howard, Dee McRae, Charlie Stam and Jackie Wheatley. Deb Camenzind provides administrative services.

This last Tuesday the BVCF gathered this year’s recipients together at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge to distribute this year’s grants and to allow for informal socializing and discussion.

Here are where some of the current grants have gone to:

BV Gymnastics Association – for equipment revitalization, BV Museum – regional workshop, BV Regional Pool – for their affordable recreation program and Adaptive Aquatics program (McEwen Fund), BV Research Center – towards the Augmented Reality Sandbox and Seminar Series, Canadian Ski Patrol – for radios and first aid equipment, Groundbreakers – for their Kids Dig Food Camp, Hazelton Gun Club – to help supply safety fencing and signage, HOPE Air – providing medical flights, Horse Touching Hearts – to procure a Surcingle for adaptive riding, Houston Youth Committee – to help build an outdoor rink, Kispiox Community Centre Association – towards their Winterfest project, Misty River Arts Council – to help buy recording studio equipment, 1st Smithers Scouts – towards a laptop, projector and printer, and the Skeena Supported Employment – for new flooring for their bakery.

In addition, the BVCF has committed funds each year for the next three to the new Smithers Library/Gallery/cenotaph project.

If your group or organization have a project that you are looking to get off the ground or complete, if you and your family are wanting to give a lasting legacy back to your community, please contact us at the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation for more information and ideas on how you can help us build better communities. See

–Submitted by the BVCF.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wet’suwet’en herreditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs optimistic ahead of talks

Discussions with provincial and federal governments expected to start later today

‘The project is proceeding’: Horgan not backing down from support of Coastal GasLink

B.C. premier speaks as talks scheduled with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Coastal GasLink agrees to two-day pause of pipeline construction in Morice River area

Work will stop once Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs begin talks with province and feds

RCMP cease patrols on Morice West Service Road

Withdrawal opens door for talks today between hereditary chiefs, province and federal gov

Fashion Fridays: Tammy’s big makeover

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

BREAKING: Kelowna RCMP to further investigate 12 sexual assault cases, create sexual assault unit

Recommendations come five months after it was revealed 40% of sexual assaults were deemed ‘unfounded’

Explicit Greta sticker linked to Alberta company draws outrage

The sticker includes the logo of Red Deer-based X-Site Energy Services

Share Now, formerly Car2Go, leaves Canada with valuable data in changing market: expert

Vancouver was its largest market in North America, with more than 300,000 customers

Most Read