Feb. 17 Council Notes: Syrian refugees to Vanderhoof, recreation centre update

Feb. 17 Council Notes: Syrian refugees to Vanderhoof, recreation centre update

Syrian refugees to Vanderhoof

Tyler Janzen, from the leadership team of Northside Church, presented the community group’s intention to sponsor and welcome a Syrian family to Vanderhoof this year. More detail on this initiative to come.

 

Redmond Flats conservation

The District of Vanderhoof will sign a memorandum of understanding with Ducks Unlimited Canada, as well as the Vanderhoof Fish and Game Club, on conserving the Redmond Flats property as a green space with trail network for the community. More detail on this project to come.

 

50th fall fair celebration

The District will be partnering with the Nechako Valley Exhibition Society to celebrate not only the 50th fall fair, but also Vanderhoof’s 90th birthday.

 

Nechako Valley Rodeo Association’s arena request

In conjunction with a day of rodeo events on Apr. 23, Vanderhoof’s association is also looking to host a dance at the district’s arena in the evening.

The district council has declined the association’s request to waive arena fees for the weekend, as it is not a non-profit event and the district has already supported the rodeo through other funding.

 

Integris Community Centre Update

The District has committed up to $100,000 to cover a potential shortfall in funding for the Integris Community Centre.

Application for $202,000 of provincial and federal grants is currently pending approval. After recent discussion with funders and due to the recent change in government, the district’s confidence in receiving federal funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces program is low.

The total renovation costs are estimated to be $650,000, for which $453,000 has been secured so far through grants from the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund, the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the YMCA of Northern BC, as well the District of Vanderhoof.

 

– with files from the District of Vanderhoof