City proclaims upcoming week for community groups

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Three separate community groups appeared before City Council yesterday afternoon to receive their proclamations of days and weeks coming up.

Executive Director Lilia Hansen appeared alongside President Tony Zabinsky on behalf of the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce, regarding their request for the City to proclaim Feb. 15 – 19 Chamber of Commerce Week.

Hansen, Executive Director and Zabinsky, President of the Chamber, kept their presentation short and sweet — and mentioned their excitement to be one of a handful of a new members to the Northeastern BC Regional Municipalities Coalition.

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Lilia Hansen (third from left), and Tony Zabinsky (third from right) receive the proclamation from Mayor and Council. Photo by Montana Cumming
Lilia Hansen (third from left), and Tony Zabinsky (third from right) receive the proclamation from Mayor and Council. Photo by Montana Cumming

The City also approved a request from Kin Canada and proclaimed Feb. 20, 2016 ‘Kinsmen and Kinettes Day,’ as well as the week leading up to the day — Feb. 14 – 20, 2016 — as ‘Kinsmen and Kinettes Week.’ Kin Canada was founded in Hamilton, O.N. on Feb. 20, 1920 — meaning its just four years away from it’s centennial anniversary.

The Kin Club of Fort St. John, charted on June 20, 1969, had their member Connie West appeared before council to receive the proclamation.

Connie West (third from left) appeared on behalf of the Kin Club of Fort St. John. Photo by Montana Cumming
Connie West (third from left) appeared on behalf of the Kin Club of Fort St. John. Photo by Montana Cumming

Finally, the last proclamation presentation was for the Baldonnel Women’s Institute. They received, from the City, a proclamation for the week of Feb. 15 – 21 to officially be Women’s Institute Week.

Norma Currie, Norma Beaudoin, and Cindy Goertzen of the Baldonnel Women’s Institute appeared in yesterday’s Council meeting to receive the proclamation.

Norma Beaudoin (third from left), Cindy Goertzen (third from right), and Norma Currie (second from right) receiving the proclamation for 'Women's Institute Week'. Photo by Montana Cumming
Norma Beaudoin (third from left), Cindy Goertzen (third from right), and Norma Currie (second from right) receiving the proclamation for ‘Women’s Institute Week’. Photo by Montana Cumming

The British Columbia Women’s Institute is a ‘diversified group of interested, involved and educated women from all walks of life who, by working together, expand their skills, broaden their interests and work to improve conditions in the home, the community and around the world through service, self-fulfillment and sociability.’

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