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The BVCF Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund

Announcing the Establishment of the Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund

Paul Backhouse and his family joined the Bulkley Valley community in 2015, when he became Crown Counsel in Smithers. Paul’s commitment to justice and service was evident in the principles he upheld as a legal professional and his deep concern for the challenges faced by marginalized populations in the community. Paul’s passion was finding wilderness adventure in the many ways the northwest offers in abundance – making fresh tracks in the mountains, rock- and ice-climbing, mountain biking, and white-water paddling. Those with whom he shared these experiences appreciated his sharp wit, integrity and good company. Paul was deeply committed to his family and finding ways to make his young son smile was his greatest joy.

In August 2020, Paul died when he was struck by a vehicle while cycling near Smithers. His loss was felt deeply across the many communities he served, as well as by his many friends and colleagues.

Established via a gift from his family, the Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund will let Paul’s passion, commitment and values live on in the community he called home. The Fund will support organizations that promote outdoor physical activities, environmental initiatives, children and families, and support for marginalized populations throughout the Bulkley Valley.

The Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund is open for donations from anyone who wishes to celebrate Paul’s memory. All donations will be permanently invested to create an impact for generations to come.

How to donate:

All donations should reference the Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund. Please indicate if donor is to remain anonymous. A charitable donation receipt will be issued. Include name and mailing address for the receipt.

For further information, please contact or call us at 250-847-4356


Via our investment partner, the Vancouver Foundation, at


Contribute via CanadaHelps

2. MAIL a cheque to the BVCF at Box 4584 Smithers BC V0J 2X1

3. IN PERSON at any branch of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Paul Backhouse Memorial Fund account.

4. ETRANSFER to Include contact information for your receipt in “message” area.

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Bulkley Valley Community Foundation

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

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