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Community grants for 2022 projects

BVCF 2022 community grants

This is the first year BVCF has given the Paul Backhouse Memorial Award, going to the Bulkley Valley Collaborative Learning Society Climb High Avalanche Safety project. Paul died in a cycling accident in August of 2020 near Smithers. His loss was felt deeply across the communities he served, as well as by his many friends and colleagues. Established by his family, the BVCF Paul Backhouse Memorial Award will let Paul’s passion, commitment and values live on in the community he called home.

The Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund is open for further donations from anyone who wishes to celebrate Paul’s memory and support the causes he cared about.

“We are pleased that the Foundation continues to grow, allowing us to assist worthwhile projects such as Climb High” said Chair Kate Daniels-Howard.

The following additional projects and organizations will receive BVCF 2022 community grants:

In Smithers

Cycle 16 Trail Society

· Detailed topographical survey for an underpass

1st Smithers Group - Scouts Canada

· EZ UP shelter for outdoor activities

Smithers Community Services Association

· StoryWalk

BV Regional Swimming Pool

· Recreation Access Program

· Adapted Aquatics Program from the Robert McEwen Fund

Smithers Zone Canadian Ski Patrol

· Equipment Revitalization

Town of Smithers

· Affordable Recreation

Bulkley Valley Naturalists

· Bird Life Interpretive Sign for Willowvale Marsh

Smithers Library

· Literacy kits for children and families

In Houston

Houston Retirement Housing Society

· Dogwood Building paint supplies

A Roche Canada

· Nature Centre Computer

Twain Sullivan and Houston Secondary Meal Program

· Meal programs on two campuses

The Hazeltons

Hazelton Trail Society

· Glen Mountain Trail Network Expansion

Wrinch Memorial Foundation

· Car seats for Starting Smart

Learners Opportunity Group Society

· Book bags for babies

Hazelton Cross Country Ski Society

· Cross-Country Ski Loop


Topley 4H Club

· Topley 4H Achievement Day and Regional Agricultural Showcase


Quilters from the Heart

· Hand sewing and quilting machine purchase


BV/LD Airshed Management Society

· Purple Air Network Extension - West

The BVCF thanks the amazing groups and individuals from across the Bulkley Valley that help to create vibrant communities.

The purpose of the Foundation is to create opportunities for donors to support local initiatives, organizations, and individuals to improve the quality of life throughout our communities. Contact the Foundation or visit our website at for more information.


Phone: 250-847-4356

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Bulkley Valley Community Foundation

PO Box 4584
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
Phone 250-847-4356

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