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BVCF Funds

​Individuals, families and organizations have established a variety of funds with the BVCF, all with the overall purpose of enhancing quality of life in our communities. Each fund is OPEN and so donations large and small can be accepted to any of them at any time.

Alec Duncan Cooper Fund

From the estate of Alec Duncan Cooper, proceeds from this fund are for scholarships for the top student in mathematics and the top student in physics graduating from the Smithers high school in each year. The scholarships are to be for room, board and tuition.

Fritz Pfeiffer Endowment

Telkwa’s Fritz Pfeiffer donated funds to establish a legacy to fund bursaries or scholarships for, or otherwise support, students from the Bulkley Valley attending or wishing to attend universities or colleges in British Columbia

Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation Learning Awards

Graduating students receive support from this fund for post-secondary education expenses.

Creative Roots Bursary Fund

This fund provides tuition help to students attending Creative Roots Performing Arts School in Smithers.

Nick Van Arem Endowment Fund

This fund is an award for graduating Smithers Secondary School students who have demonstrated courage and determination in meeting their own challenges while showing passion for their interests and respect for fellow students.

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.

Affordable Recreation Endowment Fund

This fund was established by the Affordable Recreation Committee and the BV Healthy Affordable Accessible Recreation Committee. Proceeds are used to purchase equipment and pay for recreation fees for financially challenged children and youth.

Robert McEwen Endowment Fund

This fund was established by long time Smithers residents, Bob and Nora McEwen. The income from this fund is allocated to the
Bulkley Valley Regional Swimming Pool for the development and education of children and adults who are mentally or physically disadvantaged.

Celebrity Golf Endowment Fund

Established by the Celebrity Golf Committee, this fund provides grants to charitable non-profit organizations providing services to mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

Administration Endowment Fund

Established by Gordon and Betty Williams for BVCF operational costs.

Sports Legacy Fund

This fund was established by the Town of Smithers under the BC Games Society’s Legacy Fund Program. The income from this fund provides grants to charitable non-profit organizations in the field of recreation.

Morice Community Skills Centre Education Fund

This fund was established when the Morice Community Skills Center was closed. The income from this fund provides grants to charitable non-profit organizations in the Houston area for educational equipment and learning resources focusing on distributed learning opportunities.

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Community Giving Fund and Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Education Fund

These are our general endowment funds, built by many generous donors, and used for community grants to all our fields of interest and all the communities in our area and for Learning Awards.

Village of Hazelton Community Fund

This fund was established by a grant from Northern Development Initiatives and matching funds from Bulkley
Valley Community Foundation. Income from this fund provides grants to non-profit organizations within the Village of Hazelton.

District of Hazelton Community Fund

This fund was established by a grant from Northern Development Initiatives and matching funds from Bulkley Valley Community Foundation. Income provides grants to non-profit organizations within the District of Hazelton.

District of Houston Community Fund

This fund was established by a grant from Northern Development Initiatives and matching funds from Bulkley Valley Community Foundation. Income provides grants to non-profit organizations within the District of Houston.


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Bulkley Valley Community Foundation

PO Box 4584
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
Phone 250-847-4356
Email info@bvcf.ca

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