PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Nineteen community partners across northeast B.C. have been awarded IMAGINE Community Grants by Northern Health.
Groups in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Tumbler Ridge, Pouce Coupe, Doig River, and Kelly Lake received funding. A total of $75,183 was given out in funding.
“The IMAGINE Community Grants are a unique approach to supporting health promotion efforts in northern B.C. communities,” said Dr. Sandra Allison, Northern Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer. “We know that health happens in communities and it is inspiring to see the impact of community-driven, locally-designed health projects like those supported by this recent round of grants. Each IMAGINE Community Grant recipient is a partner in our shared goal of improving the health of northern people, families, and communities.”
In Fort St. John, funding went to 2276 Princess Patricia Light Infantry Army Cadets, the Energetic Learning Campus, and Whisky Jack Nordic Ski Club.
The Doig River First Nation also received funding, as did the Fort Nelson First Nation. The Fort Nelson Mental Health & Addictions Services Advisory Committee, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, and the Northern Rockies Seniors Society.
Hudson’s Hope School Parent Advisory Council, and the local table tennis group both received a portion of funding, too.
“Prevention is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and helping curb chronic disease,” said Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. “I thank Northern Health for providing these community grants that will encourage residents to be active throughout northeast B.C. in such places as Doig River, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.”
In the South Peace, the City of Dawson Creek, Networks Ministries, and the South Peace’s Building Learning Together got funding, too.
In the small community of Kelly Lake, just west of the Albertan border, the Community Centre Society was a recipient. As werethe village of Pouce Coupe, Chetwynd’s Communications Society, Social Planning Society, and Visitor Centre. Tumbler Ridge’s Community Garden & Composting Society got a nod for a grant,too.
“Healthy, vibrant communities are what make British Columbia great,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “These IMAGINE grants will support people in the region to improve wellness through such activities as the Peace Country seniors exercise program and Pouce Coupe bike trails.”
There are two opportunities for organizations to receive funding for community projects in 2016, with another cycle in early fall.
More information on the grants can be found on Northern Health’s IMAGINE Grants website.