Fort St. John Public Library
The Fort St. John Public Library is seeking a grant worth $390,000 from the City of Fort St. John, an increase of $10,000 from the base budget they normally receive, for the assistance of “sustaining this vital second Program Coordinator position,” which Kerry France, Director of the library says is a direct link to the increased attendance of programs and card holders.
The role of the library’s Program Coordinator, according to documents submitted by France, is to “deliver programming that meets the needs and diversity of our community: develop a plan to increase services and programs to underserved demographics.”
Some of the new event the new Program Coordinator has initiated includes Bad Art Night, Reading to Cats and the Young Writers Group to name a few.
Some of the in-house changes that have resulted from the Program Coordinator include a web-site redesign, which should be completed by December of 2015, as well as a self-check unit, also slated for December 2015, which will streamline the way patrons check-out books and browse the library’s DVD selection.
Community Art Council of Fort St. John
This was a unique presentation, as Secretary Margaret May was there to speak on behalf of the 17 artistic groups that are a part of the council.
The Fort St. John Dance Society, for example, is seeking $1,500 from the city, which they say will go “to assist dancers with the cost of technique workshops and choreography fees,” as there are very few trained professionals in Peace, which leads the society to bring teachers from the coast on a short-term bases to teach specific classes.
Another example is the School District 60 Band Program, seeking $350 for the purpose of upgrading the sheet music and their ability to compete in music festivals.
In total, the Community Art Council of Fort St. John is asking for $22,350, which will be divvied up among the accompanying groups.
Below is a chart of each council member, the amount their requesting and other vital information:
North Peace Historical Society/North Peace Museum
The North Peace Historical Society, a part of the North Peace Museum, plays an interesting role in the community, illustrated by their simple mandate which states they’re “dedicated to the collection, preservation, storage and display of items relating to the history of the North Peace River area for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
This is where the $10,000 grant request comes into play, as Heather Longworth, who presented the society’s case to council, says money is needed to maintain their archival services, as well as the development of new exhibits and the improvement of old ones.
Longworth boasted her organization’s self-sustaining initiatives during her presentation, which includes museum administration and membership fees, a gift shop, archival fees, funds and grants, as well as a corporate membership package.
On average, a total of 72 volunteers worked an approximate total of 3,492.75 hours in 2013.
Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society
Their request is a simple one; $7,465 to purchase bus passes for low-income mothers and their children who have no other means of transportation.
During her presentation, Executive Director Sherri Williams quoted a member of the society, referred to only by her first name ‘Lisa’, as saying “the bus program is a big help to me. After my bills are paid each month, I have around $100 to live off. I have three children and I am in school as well. The bus passes I receive from the Women’s Resource Society help me get my kids to their schools and me to the college. I don’t know what I would do if I did not get these bus passes each month.”
Some transit barriers faced by single mothers in Fort St. John include living in a winter city, a lack of sidewalks, the location of low-income residences, priority expenses (i.e. housing, food, utilities, clothing), no other affordable transit options, multiple appointments and destinations, as well as the fact that the hospital is no longer centrally located.
With a cost of $60 per month for a student pass and $70 per month for an adult pass, Williams also created a theoretical single mother with two children, and calculated the cost of transit per year to be $2,040.