Four Rivers Co-operative has donated $35,000 to regional organizations this month. (Photo - Submitted)

Four Rivers Co-op donates over $30,000 towards community infrastructure

Three organizations in the region received funding this month for making upgrades to their buildings

Four Rivers Co-op donated a total of $35,000 to three organizations in the region this month to make upgrades to their buildings.

The first donation amounting to $20,000 was made to Nechako View Seniors Citizens Home Society in Vanderhoof, according to a Jan. 9 press release.

“This donation will be used to assist with the installation of water, sanitary sewer and storm drains along with curb, gutter, lot access and sidewalk as required by the District of Vanderhoof,” said Dave Flegal, President of the Nechako View Senior Citizens Home Society.

Then on Jan. 11, Four Rivers Co-op donated $10,000 to the Nechako Valley Exhibition Society in Vanderhoof. This money will be used to upgrade buildings at the exhibition grounds to meet current fire safety and building codes, according to a Jan. 11 press release.

The money will also ensure that the facilities remain open and are able to support the events held at the location.

“The Nechako Valley Exhibition Society Board of Directors is thrilled with the donation from Four Rivers Co-op’s Community Support Fund of $10,000 to our 2019 Fire & Life Safety,” said Carolyn Leigh, Administrator for the Nechako Valley Exhibition Society.

“This project will update and improve fire and life safety infrastructure throughout the Exhibition Grounds. It will significantly enhance the ability of the Society to provide a safe, accessible, and high-quality community agricultural centre,” she said.

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Meanwhile, another $5,000 donation was made to the Royal Canadian Legion in Fraser Lake, according to a Jan. 22 press release.

The funds will be used to make upgrades to the Royal Canadian Legion building. These changes include moving the main entrance to the building, constructing a covered walkway to the entrance and ensuring the building is wheelchair accessible.

“Our plan is to turn our south-side exit into our main entryway,” said Cathy Harder, President of the Royal Canadian Legion Fraser Lake Branch 274.

“The current entryway is difficult for those with mobility issues, especially those needing a walker or wheelchair. It would consist of a vestibule style entryway to accommodate larger wheelchairs. And with its location right off our parking lot, it will be a shorter distance to access the building. This donation from Four Rivers Co-op will go a long way to making this a reality,” she said.

“We are thrilled to be able to support a wide range of causes through our 2018 Community Support Fund including seniors’ and youth groups, community organizations and social programs,” said Allan Bieganski, General Manager for Four Rivers Co-op.

All three organizations received this funding through the 2018 Community Support Fund of the Co-op.

In 2017, Four Rivers Co-op contributed over $105,000 to community groups, charities, non-profit organizations, over and above the Community Support Fund donations, stated the press release.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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