Running for recovery

The “Run for Recovery” will take her from Fort St. John through Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, and Dawson Creek before heading back to the Energetic City.

Chair of the Northern Lights Recovery Centre Society Bruce Lantz explains Brown is from the Babine Lake First Nation near Burns Lake, but was living in Fort St. John at the time of the fatal sawmill explosion last year.


“She took it upon herself to do a fundraiser here to benefit the families. She spent 30 hours up on the walking track, consecutive hours, raising $50,000 for the families of the victims of the Burns Lake mill fire.”

Two men were killed and 19 injured in an explosion and fire at a sawmill in Burns Lake. Brown says she’s been looking for some way to thank the community for its support for her hometown in its time of need.

“I’m very excited. I have to say it’s an honour. I’ve been wanting to give back to the city of Fort St. John for all the donations that they made and I’m really looking forward to the progress of the project; there’s a high need.”

Brown is no stranger to long distance running, having won a gold medal at the 2011 Canadian National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships, but running the equivalent of a marathon every day will still be a challenge. The run is expected to take her a couple of weeks, followed by a support van she can sleep in.

The society will be seeking sponsors and pledges for her efforts, with no specific fundraising goal set. Lantz says it has been looking at a number of properties for the recovery centre, and hopes to put a bid in on one within 30 minutes of the city this week.

“Obviously we have great need in terms of the dollars we need to raise,” he says. “I’m hoping the business community and individuals in this area will step up and show their support, not only for this young lady who’s doing this project, but for the project itself.”