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BV Collaborative Learning 2022

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Topley 4-H Achievement Day 2022

Learning Awards for 2022

Class of 2022 Learning Awards

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Caedmon Dunbar BVCS

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Adah Smaill HCS

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Jacob King HCS

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Kade Jaarsma HCS

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Kaitlyn Li HSS

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Karsyn Niven HSS

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Naomi Tran HSS

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Jaiden Budwha SSS

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Austin Des Maze SSS

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Abdel Malik SSS

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Melissa Pesch SSS

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Chelsea Spencer SSS

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Calum McKinnon SSS

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Madeline Van Raalte ECRS

BVCF releases Annual Report for 2021

BVCF gave more grants and learning awards than ever before in 2021. Check the Annual Report for the numbers and details. Your community foundation is benefitting citizens across the Bulkley Valley thanks to generous donors who continue to help us expand our programs.

BVCF seeks new Board members

This is an exciting role for someone who appreciates how philanthropy contributes to social well-being and provides the opportunity to contribute in the direction of our Valley’s future! You’ll feel good about bringing your expertise, whatever that may be, to the conversation that helps guide our community giving.

Details:

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is accepting Expressions of Interest to fill upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. Anyone may submit an EOI; the Foundation needs representatives from Houston and the Hazeltons specifically, as well as Smithers and the surrounding areas. The Board meets monthly to govern and oversee the management of our Foundation. All Board Members are expected to participate in Foundation activities and attend meetings as required.

Our Organization:

Founded in 1990, the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is a non-profit, charitable society. We strive to improve quality of life in our communities: Kitwanga, the Hazeltons, Upper Skeena communities, Witset, Smithers, Telkwa, Houston, Topley, Granisle, and their adjacent rural areas by awarding grants to local organizations and learning awards to students with income generated through responsibly managed donations and legacies. We provide community leadership and offer citizens of the Bulkley Valley the opportunity to invest in the betterment of their communities. Our BVCF Strategic Plan outlines our areas of focus. In 2022 BVCF held funds totalling approximately $4 million, reflecting the generous donations of community members over many years, and in recent years has distributed an average of $100,000 in community giving projects and our learning awards from Kitwanga to Topley and all points in-between.

The Role and Qualifications:

· Serve as a member of a Foundation that is committed to improving our communities

· Provide input, advice, and guidance to the direction of the BVCF

· Raise the profile of the BVCF in the community

· Have an understanding of the communities within our boundaries and a passion for our cause

To Apply:

Please submit your EOI by June 10, 2022 to: info@bvcf.ca

The BVCF is committed to diversity, equity & inclusion and welcomes applications from all individuals.

Community Impact Grant 2022

Thanks to a generous local donor, we are offering a grant of up to $205,000.00. Submit your ideas for projects that will enhance quality of life in the Bulkley Valley area by May 13, 2022. Full details and application information are on the Community Impact Grant 2022 page.

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

Topley 4H Club

· Topley 4H Achievement Day and Regional Agricultural Showcase

Telkwa

Quilters from the Heart

· Hand sewing and quilting machine purchase

Multi-communities

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 www.bvcf.ca for more information.

Email: info@bvcf.ca

Phone: 250-847-4356

Food Bank Donations 2021

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Hazelton Food Bank donation 2021

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Houston Food Bank donation 2021

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Smithers Food Bank donation 2021

Christmas Hamper Donations 2021

​The Foundation was honoured to help fill Christmas Hampers for 2021 in Houston, Hazelton and Smithers with funding made possible by the generosity of individual and business donors. In Smithers, we thank Anne Harfenist for many years of contributions to the Smithers Community Services Hamper program.

Announcing the BVCF 2021 Community Impact Grant Recipients

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Community Impact Grants are four significant grants, totalling over $270,000.00, that will enhance quality of life in the Bulkley Valley. These grants are made possible by the generosity of a local donor.

Expressions of Interest for this funding were received from 15 local groups for projects already underway or in conceptual stages that cover a very broad range of fields of interest. The BVCF Grants Committee thanks these groups for their submissions and for their dedication to our communities. From these proposals four projects were selected for funding.

The Grendel Group (Family Advocates) provides programs and support for educational and work experience for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. This grant will assist the organization with their GrendelHouse community residence project. GrendelHouse will be a supervised residence and activity centre for individuals with developmental disabilities. The organization will receive $200,000.00 towards this project.

The Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club has provided skill development, fitness and fun for many young skiers over the winter seasons. Their Ski S’Kool program offers introductory lessons to thousands of Bulkley Valley elementary school students. A grant of $21,000.00 will reduce the costs of the program for students and for the club over the next three years.

The Bulkley Valley Regional Swimming Pool has been a hub of regional activity for people of all ages and walks of life for 30 years. With this grant the Pool will receive $25,000.00 towards their facility upkeep and enhancement project. The lobby and reception area will be renovated to make it more functional for staff and patrons. Wheelchair height reception will be created, which will also be more accessible to children.

The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club maintains 40 kilometres of beautiful tracked trails in the forest below Morice Mountain for skiing and snowshoeing. Grant funds of $25,000.00 will be used to improve drainage and shaping of the trail system, extending the season and access to this recreation resource.

“This is an amazing gift to the people of the Valley and the BVCF is extremely grateful for the opportunity to help build vibrant and caring communities,” said Jill Dunbar, BVCF director and project coordinator.

Photo from left: Deb Camenzind, BVCF; Michael Ambery, Grendel Group; Jill Dunbar, BVCF; Thomas Buth, Grendel; Dmitri Cody, Grendel; Jay Cody, Grendel; Anneh Kessels, Grendel; Matthias Naziel, Grendel; Brie McAloney, Grendel; and Mike Doogan-Smith, BVCF. Photo credit: Thom Barker

2021 Learning Awards Recipients

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation 2021 Learning Awards

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is proud to help local students reach their post-secondary educational goals.

Our Learning Awards program began in 2012 with total funding of $3,000 given to six graduating students. This year, the BVCF is providing $48,500 to 35 learners for five different types of awards. That’s an exciting growth trend!

“As students prepare for the school year, we thank generous individual and business donors for their funding. We invest these donations in perpetuity and steward their growth. The annual interest generated goes to qualifying students from Topley to Kitwanga.” says BVCF Board Chair Kate Daniels-Howard. “The BVCF is pleased to assist these future community leaders.”

New for 2021 are the Alec Duncan Cooper Awards. Cooper, an educator who spent part of his career in the North, developed an affinity for our communities. He left a generous bequest to the BVCF as a permanent legacy for Bulkley Valley students. Congratulations to the first-ever recipients on their tremendous achievements. Greyson Gould was awarded the Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Mathematics and Brooke Schley received the Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Physics. Both are Smithers Secondary School grads who are the top students in their subjects.

2021 is the third year for the Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Awards. This years’ awards will help students from ages 19 to 51 who are beginning or continuing their post-secondary studies as adult learners in many fields. These awards were established by a remarkable gift from Telkwa’s late Fritz Pfeiffer, who wanted to help students with tuition fees and other educational expenses. Rebecca Sketchley, Chantel Wickson, Ella Maskiewich, Rachel Cuell, Kevin Berry, Tirion Grice, Oliver Holt, Aurora Mernickle, Kathryn Shiach, Julia Sundell and Katelyn Hirtz are the students benefitting from this wonderful legacy for 2021.

Recipients of the BVCF Grade 12 Learning Awards for 2021 are:

Mary Hodge, Jaxson Lohn, JulieAna Maciel and Ton Tran from Houston Secondary School;

Jessie Tran, Jenelle Stanton, Sarah Fillier, Janessa Garcia, Bodhi Wilson, Jackson McDiarmid, Jonah Ma, Morgan Fort, and Sage Murphy from Smithers Secondary School;

Caitlyn Wierenga, Cameron Dykstra, Ava Bruintjes, Deanna Wendt, and Sam Bredenhof from Ebenezer Christian Reformed School in Smithers;

Gavin Nanninga from Bulkley Valley Christian School in Smithers; and

Anela Croft and Patience Muldoe from Hazelton Secondary School.

Many thanks to Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation for sponsoring Grade 12 Learning Awards, this year going to

Jackson McDiarmid and Janessa Garcia from Smithers Secondary School; and Gavin Nanninga from Bulkley Valley Christian School.

The Nick Van Arem Award for Courage, Spirit and Determination is chosen by Smithers Secondary staff for a student who exhibits courage and determination while overcoming their own challenges. This year we congratulate Aleea Zubeck with this well-earned honour.

In addition to these awards, the BVCF manages the Creative Roots Bursary Fund, providing tuition help for pupils of the Creative Roots Performing Arts School.

Fritz Pfeiffer 2021 Adult Learning Awards

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Kathryn Shiach, Smithers

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Ella Maskiewich, Smithers

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Julia Sundell, Hazelton

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Oliver Holt, Smithers

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Chantel Wickson, Smithers

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Rachel Cuell, Smithers

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Tirion Grice, Smithers

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Aurora Mernickle, Smithers

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Kevin Berry, Smithers

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Katelyn Hirtz, Hazelton

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Rebecca Sketchley, Smithers

Class of 2021 Learning Awards Recipients

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Caitlyn Wierenga ECRS

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Cameron Dykstra ECRS

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Deanna Wendt ECRS

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Gavin Nanninga BVCS

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Samuel Bredenhof ECRS

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Ava Bruintjes ECRS

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Anela Croft HZSS

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Patience Muldoe HZSS

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Morgan Fort SSS

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Janessa Garcia SSS

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Sarah Fillier SSS

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Aleea Zubek SSS - Nick Van Arem Award

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Bodhi Wilson SSS

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Brooke Schley SSS - Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Physics

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Greyson Gould SSS - Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Mathematics

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Jackson McDiarmid SSS

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Jenelle Stanton SSS

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Jessie Tran SSS

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Jonah Ma SSS

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Sage Murphy SSS

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Mary Hodge HSS

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Jaxson Lohn HSS

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Ton Tran HSS

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JulieAna Maciel HSS

Community Impact Grant 2022

​The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is offering an extraordinary opportunity for organizations to apply for funding for a major project that will enhance quality of life in the Bulkley Valley area. A grant with a value of up to $205,000.00 is available. This grant is in addition to our annual Community Grants.

This is the second time BVCF has been able to provide such significant support for local projects. Community Impact Grant recipients in 2021 were:

  • The Grendel Group (Family Advocates) received $200,000.00 towards their GrendelHouse community residence project. GrendelHouse will be a supervised residence and activity centre for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • The Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club will receive $21,000.00 to assist with costs of the Ski S’Kool program over the next three years.
  • The Bulkley Valley Regional Swimming Pool will receive $25,000.00 towards their facility upkeep and enhancement project. The lobby and reception area will be renovated to make it more functional for staff and patrons. Wheelchair height reception will be created, which will also be more accessible to children.
  • The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club was awarded $25,000.00 to improve drainage and shaping of the trail system, extending the season and access to this recreation resource.
These grants are made possible by the generosity of a local donor. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to help build vibrant communities.

The 2022 Project

We are seeking a project with positive community impact. This project will help us to fulfill our fields of interest and areas of focus as identified in the BVCF 2021 Strategic Plan. BVCF fields of interest are: community, cultural, fine arts, education, social and family, sports and recreation, youth and health. The BVCF Strategic Plan can be downloaded from the documents list on this page.

  • This project will have its main impact in the Smithers area, but impact across the BVCF area1 is beneficial.

  • May benefit rural and/or urban public of any ages, abilities and walks of life. Projects that benefit children and/or seniors are preferred.

  • Will be in the local communities’ public interest.

  • May be currently underway, roughly planned or in the vision phase.

  • May enable further charitable activity for your group or other groups.

  • Will be completed by June 30 of 2024.

BVCF Area

The BVCF area extends from Topley to Kitwanga including Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers, and the Hazeltons in North Central B.C.

Eligibility

  • Organizations that are registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act are eligible to apply for this BVCF grant.

  • Organizations that are not registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act may be eligible to apply for the grant by contracting with an agency that is a registered charity, which will agree to have their charitable registration number used on the application, accept any funds on behalf of the applicant and provide a written statement of their agreement. Such an agreement doesn’t need to be in place in order to submit an Expression of Interest, but will be required if needed at the full application stage.
  • Applicants may seek funds from multiple sources.

  • Applicants may partner with other organizations. Resource sharing, service expansion and knowledge sharing are acceptable. However, the successful applicant will be responsible for project completion.

  • This grant will not made to individuals or businesses.

  • BVCF will not fund annual core operating expenses, salaries and wages of organizations, operating or capital deficits, fund raising or endowment campaigns, expenditures for direct religious activities, or travel expenses unless essential to project delivery.
  • Organizations that applied in 2021 are welcome to reapply in 2022.

How to Apply for the BVCF Community Impact Grant

Step 1. Expression of Interest. We are currently calling for Expressions of Interest: Brief project descriptions and organizational information. The Expression of Interest will be used to assess organization eligibility and how the project fits with BVCF strategic priorities.

  • Expressions of Interest must be submitted to the BVCF by May 13, 2022.
  • Submissions must follow the outline found in the document “BVCF Community Impact Grant EOI Form”, which can be downloaded from the documents list on this page.
  • All Expressions of Interest will be reviewed and all applicants will receive a reply whether successful or not.

Subsequent steps:

Step 2. Presentation and full application. Successful EOI proponents will be invited to present projects to the Board of Directors of the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation. A detailed proposal, proven organizational capacity and a complete budget will be required at this point in the process. Summer 2022.

Step 3. Selection of project and proponent. BVCF will prepare a grant agreement with the selected proponent. Schedules for reporting and payment will be determined. This step will take place in Summer of 2022. We reserve the right to direct award the grant should no proposals reach the selection step.

Step 4. Project completion, final report and publicity!



Strategic Plan

Read the latest BVCF Strategic Plan, dated April 2021.

Learning Awards 2021

Alec Duncan Cooper Awards

Alec Duncan Cooper’s generous bequest to the BVCF for two Learning Awards is a legacy for Bulkley Valley students in perpetuity.

  • The Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Physics is for the top student in Physics at Smithers Secondary School.
  • The Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Mathematics is for the top student in Mathematics at Smithers Secondary School.

Please note: These awards are not open for application. The recipients are selected by teachers and counsellors of SSS.

Annual Report 2020

I am very pleased to release the BVCF Annual Report for 2020. We received donations last year of $377,988.19. We awarded Community Grants totalling $36,789.68, and offered Learning Awards to local students of $35,500.00. We also approved $100,000.00 towards Covid-19 relief for local non-profits. I would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make 2020 a success!

Check out the Annual Report for details, and contact the BVCF if you would like a printed copy, or any other information about our activities.

Jill Dunbar, Chair, on behalf of the BVCF Board.

Community Grants 2018 and earlier

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SSS girls' rugby uniforms 2013

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New shavings bin for the BV Fall Fair

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Hazelton Elementary PAC playground equipment 2013

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Learners opportunity group grant 2014

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Smithers Art Gallery pop-up tent 2014

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Smithers library grant 2015 - Chris Gareau photo

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Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club 2014

2021 Community Grants

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BV Museum Grant 2021 - Display Hardware

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Grant Award Info Session 2021

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Smithers Curling Club 2021

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Smithers Curling Club 2021

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District of New Hazelton Exercise Equipment

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Silverthorne Breakfast Program 2021

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Houston Link to Learning 2021

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Cycle 16

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 info@bvcf.ca or call us at 250-847-4356

1. ONLINE

Via our investment partner, the Vancouver Foundation, at https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/bvcf-paul-backhouse

OR

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 info@bvcf.ca. Include contact information for your receipt in “message” area.

Application deadline for community grants:  November 30

The deadline to submit applications for BVCF community grants is fast approaching! Check our grant page for all the details and call or email us if you have questions.

Houston Chamber Award 2020

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Congratulations to BVCF director Dee McRae for her award for Volunteer of the Year from Houston and DIstrict Chamber of Commerce

Donors’ Gallery

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Hardy O'Donoghue Donation 2020

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McElhanney donation 2020

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Smithers Brewing Co.

ECSF Round 2

Applications for ECSF Round 2 funding are now closed. To all that applied - results will be available soon!

Community Grant intake for 2021 Projects

​Bulkley Valley non-profits can apply for funding for community projects from OCT 15 to NOV 30, 2020. Visit our grants page for full info - www.bvcf.ca/grants. Check the gallery for photos of completed projects - www.bvcf.ca/gallery!

Smithers Chamber Award 2016

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Smithers Chamber Public Service Excellence Award 2016

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Smithers Chamber Award 2016

Emergency Community Support Fund - ROUND 2 - Open for Applications

Emergency Community Support Fund – Round 2

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350M investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.

Round 1 of funding supported projects in every province and territory and for every vulnerable group. The BVCF approved the following projects in round 1:

Wrinch Memorial Foundation: Plexiglass shield for Skeena Bakery; well-being councelling during COVID-19
Upper Skeena Development Centre: Local food access
Houston Link to Learning: Houston Recipe for Wellness
Houston Community Services: Covid-19 protective and precautionary measures
Bulkley Valley Health Foundation: Vital signs monitors for BVDH cancer services
Bulkley Valley Salvation Army Food Banks: New food delivery vehicle
Grendel Group: Directory of Covid-19 resources for Smithers and Area
Hope Air: Medical flights
Let’s Talk Science: Home learning kits (grades 4 - 6)
Smithers Community Services: Digital equity

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is pleased to work with Community Foundations of Canada on a second round of funding to help our communities during COVID-19.

The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the funds now to ensure it and its partners, including Community Foundations of Canada, can make adjustments, as necessary, to continue responding to evolving emergency needs as a result of COVID-19.

Starting October 5th, the final installment of the Fund is being released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable.

Applications must be submitted by October 30, 2020

Who is Eligible?

The ECSF will provide immediate financial support for organizations that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Qualified donees may apply for a grant of up to $5,000 per project in the Bulkley Valley area.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Be a qualified donee
  • Be serving people in the BVCF area from Topley to Kitwanga
  • Projects must:
    • Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19
    • Serve one or more vulnerable groups as defined in the application guide
    • Be carried out in a short time frame with a reasonable budget. Project-related costs must be incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

  • Projects must not:
    • Be designed for fundraising purposes
    • Generate profits
    • Take place outside of Canada

How are ECSF grants awarded?

Grant applications will be assessed and adjudicated by the BVCF Grants committee to ensure funding is directed where it’s needed most.

How do organizations apply

Access the application portal here

More information

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.

Donate

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation accepts financial donations and invests them, so that the money earns interest, every year, forever.

Income earned supports local qualified donees and students. We’re honoured to connect donors with organizations and individuals who work to enhance vitality of our communities.

It’s easy to give in the area(s) that are important to you.

All of our current named funds are open for additional donations. You can choose to add to one of them, create your own fund, or donate to our general Community Giving endowment. Scroll through our list of endowment funds.

Whether you donate to a current fund or choose to create your own fund your gift will to create a lasting impact on the charities that matter most to you.

How to donate to the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation

1. Mail a cheque to the BVCF at Box 4584 Smithers BC V0J 2N0. Include contact information for your charitable donation receipt in “message” area, and if you wish to remain anonymous be sure to indicate that here as well.

2. Deposit funds at any branch of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union. Contact the BVCF to arrange for your charitable donation receipt and let us know if you wish to remain anonymous.

In the Hazeltons: 4646 10th Avenue/ PO Box 159 New Hazelton BC V0J 2J0 Phone: 250-842-2255 Email: infohaz@bvcu.com

Smithers: 3894 1st Avenue/P.O. Box 3729 Smithers BC V0J 2N0 Phone: 250-847-3255 Toll Free: 1-877-847-2828 Email: infosmi@bvcu.com

Houston: 2365 Copeland Avenue/P.O. Box 1480 Houston BC V0J 1Z0 Phone: 250-845-7117 Email: infohous@bvcu.com

Burns Lake: Hwy. 16 Lake View Mall/P.O. Box 1029 Burns Lake BC V0J 1E0 Phone: 250-692-7761 Email: infolakes@bvcu.com

3. Contribute on-line via CanadaHelps. PayPal and credit cards accepted. Your charitable donation receipt will be issued by CanadaHelps.

4. ETRANSFER to info@bvcf.ca. Include contact information for your tax receipt in “message” area, as well as your request to remain anonymous if applicable.

5. Donate to our accounts at the Vancouver Foundation, https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/bvcf.

When looking to donate stocks, bonds, real estate or other assets, discuss your intentions your tax, legal, and financial advisers. Then please connect with us!

Create your own fund to leave a lasting legacy. We can set up a fund for you to support the causes that you care most about. Your fund’s capital will be invested to generate income for annual granting.

Contact Deb Camenzind for information about carrying out your wishes:

BVCF Phone: 250-847-4356 Email: info@bvcf.ca

2020 Community Grants

image - The Grendel Group has a new outdoor swing.

The Grendel Group has a new outdoor swing.

image - Misty Rivers Community Arts Council. Gallery hanging system for gallery in Old Hazelton

Misty Rivers Community Arts Council. Gallery hanging system for gallery in Old Hazelton

image - Smithers community band - folding chairs to take to concert venues.

Smithers community band - folding chairs to take to concert venues.

image - Fencing for Treehouse Housing Association

Fencing for Treehouse Housing Association

Smithers Library grant 2020

image - Houston Link to Learning kitchen renovation

Houston Link to Learning kitchen renovation

image - Valley Youth Fiddlers 2020

Valley Youth Fiddlers 2020

image - Chairs for the Smithers Soup Kitchen 2020

Chairs for the Smithers Soup Kitchen 2020

image - Learner Opportunity Group Baby Welcome Bags 2020

Learner Opportunity Group Baby Welcome Bags 2020

image - Starting Smart Collective Kitchen 2020

Starting Smart Collective Kitchen 2020

image - Cycle 16 conceptual design 2020

Cycle 16 conceptual design 2020

image - Cycle 16 grant presentation 2020

Cycle 16 grant presentation 2020

image - Spinal cord injury BC virtual workshops

Spinal cord injury BC virtual workshops

image - Positive Living North Healthy Nutrition Program 2020

Positive Living North Healthy Nutrition Program 2020

image - Recreation Access Program 2020

Recreation Access Program 2020

2020 Learning Awards Recipients

The BVCF is providing over $35,000.00 to local learners this year.

We recognize that students will have significant challenges financing their post-secondary plans in this unprecedented year. For this reason we decided to more than double the size of the Learning awards program.

Congratulations to this year’s BVCF Grade 12 Learning Award recipients:
Hanna Bhatti, Mackenzie Emberley, Chris Jansma, and Emma Larson from Houston Secondary School;
Sally Bargh, Cara Brawdy, Silvia Bryshun, Lucas Chiaravalloti, Oliver Kildaw, MacKenzie Kirton-Spurway, Miller Kriese, Klara Moon, Shaelyn Radu, and Jessica Walton from Smithers Secondary School;
Joshua Moes and Skyler Penninga from Ebenezer Christian Reformed School in Smithers;
Araceli O’Coffey and Miranda Stolte from Bulkley Valley Christian School in Smithers; and
Emma Hobenshield from Hazelton Secondary School.

Thanks to Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation for sponsoring Grade 12 Learning Awards, this year going to:
Alexandria Brooks, Hannah Buchanan and Martin Rozario from Smithers Secondary School; and Hanneliese Laskowski from Bulkley Valley Christian School.

The Nick Van Arem Award for Courage, Spirit and Determination is chosen by Smithers Secondary staff for a student who exhibits courage and determination while overcoming their own challenges. This year we congratulate Ariadne Hite with this well-deserved honour!

2020 year marks the second year of our Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Awards. The awards assist students who are 19 years of age or older and are beginning or continuing their post-secondary studies. These strong and motivated individuals exemplify the characteristics Fritz Pfeiffer wanted to support with his legacy:
Jennifer Anderson, Natasha Lebiadowski, Heather Mitchinson, Trichelle Reay, Kristy Rosger, and Danielle Skerik.

In addition to these awards, the BVCF manages the Creative Roots Bursary Fund, providing tuition help for pupils of the Creative Roots Performing Arts School.

Best wishes for an exciting and successful future to all Bulkley Valley 2020 graduates. You have accomplished much to be proud of!



2019 Community Grants

image - Kids Dig Food Camp 2019

Kids Dig Food Camp 2019

image - BV Gymnastics Association equipment revitalization 2019

BV Gymnastics Association equipment revitalization 2019

image - Horses Touching Hearts 2019

Horses Touching Hearts 2019

image - Smithers Scouts 2019

Smithers Scouts 2019

image - Misty Rvers Recording Studio

Misty Rvers Recording Studio

image - Smithers Ski Patrol 2019

Smithers Ski Patrol 2019

image - Upper Skeena Development Mural 2019

Upper Skeena Development Mural 2019

image - Hazelton Gun Club signage

Hazelton Gun Club signage

image - Hazelton Gun Club safety gate

Hazelton Gun Club safety gate

image - Bulkley Valley Research Centre's Augmented Reality Sandbox at the Smithers library science extravaganza, April 2019

Bulkley Valley Research Centre's Augmented Reality Sandbox at the Smithers library science extravaganza, April 2019

image - Bulkley Valley Research Centre's Augmented Reality Sandbox at the SSS library

Bulkley Valley Research Centre's Augmented Reality Sandbox at the SSS library

image - Bulkley Valley Museum Regional Educational Workshop

Bulkley Valley Museum Regional Educational Workshop

image - Hope Air 2019

Hope Air 2019

image - Skeena bakery 2019

Skeena bakery 2019

image - Kispiox Valley Community Centre Association 2019

Kispiox Valley Community Centre Association 2019

Emergency Community Support Fund Update

The BVCF has granted the full funding available to our community through the ECSF. We are unfortunately no longer accepting applications. Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We know the need for funding is still significant. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out this form.

We invite you to follow Community Foundations of Canada’s website for further updates as well.

Food Banks donation 2020, grant from Vancouver Foundation

image - Covid-19 relief for Bulkley Valley food banks, granted from Vancouver Foundation

Covid-19 relief for Bulkley Valley food banks, granted from Vancouver Foundation

image - Food Banks donation. Photo courtesy Smithers Interior News

Food Banks donation. Photo courtesy Smithers Interior News

Gallery

The BVCF supports a variety of local organizations and projects.

Click on any image to check out our photo collections.

Emergency Community Support Fund - Apply now!

We are proud to participate in the Government of Canada Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast.

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now. Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding to the Bulkley Valley to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing $40,000.00 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. Organizations can apply starting on May 19, 2020. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply.

Resources

2020 Learning Awards

2020 grants

Grant Final Report

This Grant Final Report will help us determine impacts of BVCF grants and report back to supporters, and provide you with the opportunity to describe your accomplishments.

Return the report by the due date in the grant agreement. Grant payment will be sent after the report has been received and approved.

How to complete the Grant Final Report

1. Assemble receipts and project photos.

  • Include receipts that are pertinent to the portion of the project receiving BVCF funding.
  • You must have permission for the BVCF to use photos in promotional materials. We require at least one project photo.

2. Submit your report

To use a FILLABLE Microsoft Word form:

i. Use the BVCF Grant Final Report Form MS Word version. The form is a fillable Word file. The file will open in a format that only allows certain boxes to be edited. Boxes requiring input show as Click or tap here to enter text.

ii. Save this form to your computer and complete the required information. Do not fill out the form with your internet browser.

iii. When you have finished editing the form use the “save as” function to save the file and select a new name (e.g. our-charity-1.doc, our-charity-2.doc and so on.) Save in pdf format and email to the BVCF.

Include receipts and at least one project photo.

To use a PRINTABLE PDF form:

i. Download and print the BVCF Grant Application Form PDF version. Fill in required information.

ii. Scan and email to the BVCF OR send by mail.

Attach receipts and at least one project photo.

If you have any questions at any time about the process, contact us at info@bvcf.ca OR by phone at 250-847-4356.

3. Your Grant Final Report will be reviewed. We will request further information if needed.

4. Once your Grant Final Report is approved we will forward the grant funds. NOTE: If you have partnered with a registered charity, the funds will be sent to the registered charity.

Homepage Our Giving

From Topley to Kitwanga, we are your Community Foundation. We invest all donations - forever. We spend only the interest. Funds go to local projects and organizations. Every gift, no matter the size, counts. Donations are pooled and earnings used to make grants and learning awards - every single year.

Thank You

Thank you for applying for a learning award

Creative Roots Community Bursary

​The Creative Roots Community Bursary Fund was established to provide tuition to students attending the Creative Roots Performing Arts School who have a financial need.

The Foundation manages donations on behalf of Creative Roots.

Please note: Creative Roots Performing Arts School determines recipients and funding amounts for these bursaries. Students do not apply through the BVCF.

Anyone wishing to contribute to these awards may do so to the BVCF. Specify that funds are for the Creative Roots Community Bursary Fund.


Nick Van Arem Award

The Nick Van Arem Award for courage, spirit and determination was established by family and friends to honour the memory of Nick Van Arem. It is for a student of Smithers Secondary School who exhibits courage and determination in adapting to their own physical and/or emotional challenges.

Please note: This award is not open for application. The recipient is selected by teachers and counsellors of SSS.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this award may do so at Smithers Secondary School. Cheques can be made out to School District 54 (Nick Van Arem Memorial Award). As well, contributions can be made to the BVCF with the proviso that funds are for the Nick Van Arem Award.

How to apply

​To apply for a Learning Award, you must submit a complete application package by May 15, 2022. If you have any questions about the process, contact BVCF at info@bvcf.ca. The following documents provide more details: Learning Awards Policy, BVCF Learning Awards FAQ, description and criteria for the award(s) that you are applying for. Descriptions, criteria and application forms are found on the individual award pages following.

Your application package must include:

Application Form pertaining to the award that you are applying for.

Cover Letter, signed

Two Reference Letters, signed

1. Application form. Use a separate form for each award:

  • Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Award Application Form, fillable MS Word OR printable PDF version
  • BVCF Grade 12 Learning Award Application Form, fillable MS Word OR printable PDF version
  • Wetzin’kwa Grade 12 Learning Award Application Form, fillable MS Word OR printable PDF version

To use a FILLABLE Microsoft Word form:

i. Use the Microsoft Word version of the application form. The file will open in a format that allows certain boxes to be completed. Boxes requiring input show as “Click or tap here to enter text”.

ii. Save this form to your computer and complete the required information. Do not fill out the form with your internet browser.

iii. When you have finished editing the form use the “save as” function to save the file and select a new name using your last name first. Save in pdf format.

To use a PRINTABLE PDF form:

i. Download and print the PDF version of the application form. Fill in required information.

ii. Scan and email to the BVCF OR send a copy by mail with your letters.

2. Cover Letter

Your cover letter is an important component of your application. The BVCF Learning Awards committee will review it carefully when determining eligibility for for the awards.

Include:

  • An introduction to yourself
  • Why you are applying for the award
  • Details of your achievements, volunteer work, and community, school and leadership activities
  • Why you feel you are a good applicant for the award.

You must sign the letter. Include with your application form.

3. Two Reference Letters

You must include two reference letters. References can be from current or past teachers, coaches, employers, mentors or others who are familiar with your achievements. Your references should explain why you are a good candidate for the award.

Letters must be signed by the references. Include with your application form(s).

Submit complete package including application form(s), cover letter and reference letters to BVCF by mail or email.

Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a reply whether you are successful or not.

Wetzin’kwa Grade 12 Learning Awards

DESCRIPTION: The Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation has partnered with the BVCF to offer Learning Awards. The Wetzin’kwa Grade 12 Learning Awards are for students completing secondary school this school year and planning post-secondary studies. They are based on achievements, volunteer work, community and leadership activities.

VALUE: $1,000.00 per award, for 3 awards.

CRITERIA

1. Awards are offered to students completing secondary school this school year at accredited schools within School District #54 (Bulkley Valley).

2. Awards are offered to one student from Telkwa, one student from Smithers and one student with Wet’suwet’en heritage.

3. Preference may be given to students who will be studying a field related to forest or environmental studies and/or who have exhibited strong sense of community and leadership. However, all areas of study will be considered.

4. The post-secondary institution must be one where students are eligible to receive student loans. See list of designated schools at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/post-secondary/designated-schools.html

5. Students must be Canadian Citizens, landed immigrants or permanent residents who reside full time within BVCF area.

6. If successful, applicant must submit written confirmation of registration OR official receipt of tuition fees to receive funds.

7. Awards must be claimed within 18 months of notification.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the application form. You must include your cover letter and two signed reference letters. See How to Apply for full instructions and requirements.

BVCF Grade 12 Learning Awards

The BVCF Grade 12 Learning Awards are for students completing secondary school this school year and planning post-secondary studies. Awards are for assistance with tuition fees and other educational expenses. Awards are based on achievements, volunteer work, community and leadership activities.

VALUE: Numerous awards. $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 per award. Number and size of awards will be determined by BVCF based on number of qualified applicants.

CRITERIA

1. Awards are offered to students graduating this school year from accredited schools within BVCF area.

2. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or permanent residents who reside full time within BVCF area.

3. Applicants must be planning to attend colleges or universities in B.C.

4. The post-secondary institution must be one where students are eligible to receive student loans. See list of designated schools at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/post-secondary/designated-schools.html

5. If successful, applicant must submit proof of registration OR official receipt of tuition fees to receive funds.

6. Awards must be claimed within 18 months of notification.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the application form. You must include your cover letter and two signed reference letters. See How to Apply for full instructions and requirements.

Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Awards

DESCRIPTION: The Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Awards are for named for the Telkwa gentleman who donated funds for these awards. He wanted to support students who work very hard, show a desire to learn and exhibit initiative. Awards are for assistance with tuition fees and other educational expenses. They are based on achievements, volunteer work, and community, school and leadership activities.

VALUE: Numerous awards. Minimum of $2,000.00 each. Number and size of awards will be determined by BVCF based on number of qualified applicants.

CRITERIA

1. Applicants must be 19 years or older and out of high school for at least one year.

2. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or permanent residents whose permanent address is within BVCF area.

3. Applicants must be planning to begin or continue studies at colleges or universities in B.C.

4. The post-secondary institution must be one where students are eligible to receive student loans. See list of designated schools at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/post-secondary/designated-schools.html

5. If successful, applicant must submit proof of registration OR official receipt of tuition fees to receive funds.

6. Awards must be claimed within 18 months of notification.

The following Preferences may be applied depending on the size of the applicant pool and amount of available funds:

· Individuals who haven’t completed an undergraduate degree or diploma.

· Mature individuals pursuing education later in life.

· Individuals who currently reside in the Bulkley Valley area.

· Individuals with a volunteering and community building background.

Please note: there is no requirement for an applicant to meet all the listed preferences and BVCF encourages applicants who meet the requirements listed above to apply. However, identifying if you meet the preferences listed will make for a stronger application.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the application form. You must include your cover letter and two signed reference letters. See How to Apply for full instructions and requirements.

Adult and Grade 12 Learning Awards

Each year income from BVCF endowments is offered to students to assist with reaching educational goals. Applications are accepted in Spring. Students can apply for three types of Learning Awards:

Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Awards
BVCF Grade 12 Learning Awards
Wetzin’kwa Grade 12 Learning Awards

These awards start at $1,000.00 . We offer numerous awards each year.

NOTE:

  • Each award has slightly different criteria.
  • Each award requires a separate application.
  • Click on the award names below for details.
  • Read HOW TO APPLY for complete instructions

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 1 - applications open

May 15 - deadline for Learning Awards applications

TIMING

If an award is offered to you, you will have 18 months to claim your award. If your plans change and you will NOT be pursuing post-secondary studies within that time, please notify us.

BVCF AREA

The BVCF area extends from Topley to Kitwanga including Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers and the Hazeltons in North Central B.C.

APPLICATION PROCESS

You can apply by mail or e-mail. We want to ensure access to all students interested in applying. For assistance with the application process please contact us by phone at 250-847-4356 or email at info@bvcf.ca.


2018 Annual Report Released

The annual report highlights donors, grant recipients, and learning award recipients.

Annual Reports

BVCF Annual Reports summarize the year’s grant awards, donations and learning awards.

Grant Award Reception

​Join us for the 2019 Grant Award Reception on February 19 at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers! Drop in between 4 and 7 PM. Grant recipients will receive their grant documents and be there to talk about their projects and organizations. Foundation directors will provide information about our grants and Learning Awards.

Annual General Meetings

Thank You

Thanks for your application.

BV Art Gallery Pop-up Tent

Smithers Art Gallery pop up tent they will use for summer art camps, Saturday drop in activities for children and art activities during the Main Street Festival and Canada Day celebrations.

Bulkley Valley Classical Strings Society

Bulkley Valley Classical Strings Society (2013) – Funds provided assistance to host a musical workshop for members of the society.

Bulkley Valley Regional Pool

Bulkley Valley Regional Pool - Children having fun at the pool because of funds provided by the McEwen Endowment Fund (2015).

The Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library was able to purchase new furniture with funds generated by the Morice Education Fund administered by the BV Foundation. The new furniture makes the seating area a very inviting place to browse though a book.

Houston Retirement Housing Society

The Houston Retirement Housing Society have completed the Cedar Wing of their complex. The BV Community Foundation assisted with the purchase of the windows. Congratulations to the Society!

New Office Administrator

Contact Deb at 250-847-4356 for information about our grants, scholarships and bursaries, and donating.

BVCF 2018 Communi-Tea 2x $1250 Giveaway

Congratulations to the BVCF 2018 Communi-Tea 2x $1250 Giveaway:

Alana Haugland (for, representing,) Special Olympics &

Candis Crump (for, representing) Northern Society for Domestic Peace

Thank you to all that came and spent their time with us.

Sharon Carrington, your music was a delight!

Thank you to the BVCF Board for hosting the Communi-Tea!

For more info on how you can apply for a grant/donate please email

Our Executive Director Danielle at

info@bvcf.ca

BV Naturalists Nature Diary

Mel Coulson, (BV Naturalists), Danielle Skerik and Jackie Wheatley, (BVCF), were on hand to celebrate the 2018 BV Naturalists Nature Diary at the Smithers Art Gallery on Friday night, Jan. 26. Mel & Evi Coulson and a number of local talents, did an amazing job of organizing and putting together the beautiful art display both at the Gallery and thoughout the 2018 Nature Diary. The diaries are going fast and if you have not picked one up yet, get one before it’s gone.

Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club is the winner of our $2,500.00 grant

We are pleased to announce that the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club is the winner of our $2,500.00 grant. Congratulations to a well deserving organization.

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BVCF Community Grants

Each year the BVCF offers community grants to not-for-profit organizations in our area.

Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life in our communities. Our fields of interest are education, social/family, fine arts, cultural, health, youth, community and sports/recreation.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 15 - grant cycle begins

November 30 - 5 PM - deadline for grant applications

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECTS

The BVCF has awarded grants since the early 1990’s. Our funds come from interest earned on donations from many generous individual and business donors. Our smallest grants are for a few hundred dollars. We have awarded grants for up to $6,000.00 but the average grant is in the $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 range. Our total available funding each year depends on donations and interest earned, and is typically $25,000.00 to $40,000.00.

We have awarded grants to many different organizations for projects that support community members from a wide range of ages and interests.

BVCF AREA

The BVCF area extends from Topley to Kitwanga including Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers and the Hazeltons in North Central B.C.

ELIGIBILITY

Organizations that are registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act are eligible to apply for BVCF grants.

Organizations that are NOT registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act may be eligible to apply for BVCF grants by contracting with an agency that is a registered charity, which will

• agree to have their charitable registration number used on the application

• accept any funds on behalf of the applicant

• provide a written statement of their agreement.

Grants are NOT made to individuals or businesses.

GRANT AGREEMENT

If your project is approved, we will complete a written grant agreement with your organization.

TIMING

You must complete your project 12 months from the date of the grant agreement. BVCF must approve any extensions or changes. Organizations may submit more than one grant application, however, in most cases only one will be funded per grant cycle.

Multi-year grants and multi-agency grants may be awarded in some cases and additional conditions will apply.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

In your application, please specify how you will publicly acknowledge BVCF contributions to your project. Grant final reports should include at least one photo of the project that we can publish.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY GRANT

​To apply for a BVCF community grant, we must receive a complete application package by November 30.

1. Read the following (download from documents list on the right side of this page):

BVCF Grant Policy

Guidelines for Partnering with a Registered Charity (If you are not a registered charity).

2. Download, assemble and save your documents. Your application must include the following documents:

i) Partnership Agreement with a Registered Charity. If applicable, work with your registered charity partner to complete this agreement.

ii) Most recent financial statement for the organization that is applying for the grant.

iii) Supplier quotes for the project, if available.

iv) The Grant Application Form.

3. Submit your documents

To use a FILLABLE Microsoft Word form:

i. Use the Grant Application Form, Microsoft Word version. The form is a fillable Word file. The file will open in a format that only allows certain boxes to be edited. Boxes requiring input show as Click or tap here to enter text..

ii. Save this form to your computer and complete the required information. Do not fill out the form with your internet browser.

iii. When you have finished editing the form use the “save as” function to save the file and select a new name (e.g. our-charity-1.doc, our-charity-2.doc and so on.) Save in pdf format and email to the BVCF.

Attach copies of

  • Partnership Agreement with a Registered Charity if applicable
  • Financial statement for your organization
  • Supplier quotes for the project, if available
  • 4-page Grant Application Form.

To use a PRINTABLE PDF form:

i. Download and print the Grant Application Form, PDF version. Fill in required information.

ii. Scan and email to the BVCF OR send by mail. Include copies of

  • Partnership Agreement with a Registered Charity if applicable
  • Financial statement for your organization
  • Supplier quotes for the project, if available
  • 4-page Grant Application Form.

Package must be legible and must arrive by 5 PM on November 30.

If you have any questions at any time about the process, contact us at info@bvcf.ca OR by phone at 250-847-4356.

4. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a reply whether you are successful or not.

5. If your project is approved we will prepare a grant agreement and sign it at our Grant Award Event or by alternate arrangement.

6. As your project progresses, retain receipts applicable to the portion of the project funded by BVCF showing the work and/or materials paid for and dated after the project approval date. You will need to submit these with your Final Report. Please keep copies of newsletters, newspaper articles, photographs and other materials especially those that acknowledge the BVCF contribution.

7. When your project is completed you will submit your Final Report. Include the receipts and publicity materlals. Once the final report has been approved then project funds will be dispersed to you.

Financial Statements

​VIEW THE BVCF YEAR-END FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Directors & Staff

Our Board of Directors is responsible for overall policies and practices of the Foundation. We govern grant making, learning awards and community outreach.

Kate Daniels - Chair (pictured) Kate has lived in the Valley since 2011 and is convinced it’s the best place to be, bar none! She recognizes the beauty of the unceded territory of the Wets’uwet’in and feels very fortunate to have found such a welcoming community.

After retiring from a 30 year career, which included senior management roles in both Federal and Provincial government and private sector roles in forestry and mining, Kate is finding joy volunteering and grand parenting. She finds the breadth and depth of volunteerism in the Bulkley Valley truly astonishing and is committed to helping the many grassroots organizations achieve their goals in order to make our communities even better.

Kate enjoys golfing, gardening and galavanting about with her husband, John, and dog Luna.

Jill Dunbar - Director Jill Dunbar moved to the Bulkley Valley for work as a professional forester in the early 1980’s. She enjoys the great outdoor recreation opportunities, the local cultural scene and the sense of community here. Volunteering with the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation provides her with the chance to help build those important values.

Colleen Burns - Secretary Colleen and her family have lived in New Hazelton for 30 years. Currently, her time is spent providing clinic training and coordination for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinics and attempts at keeping the weeds from taking over her vegetable garden.

Jacqueline Wheatley - Director Jacqueline grew up in the Bulkley Valley from 1992-2004 and then left to see the bigger, brighter world picture - starting with her biology degree in Victoria and then travelling to various places around the world. After realizing that she was done with seasonal work and wanting to start a career, she is back in Smithers in the natural resource sector with a strong appreciation for this area and the incredible value it contains.

Dee McRae - Director Dee came to the Bulkley Valley for love, over 30 years ago and stayed to raise a family, work and play in the outdoors. All of this was enriched by the many clubs and organizations in the valley. Dee saw first hand that the opportunity to apply to a local foundation for funding can make a real difference to what the small local organizations can offer.

John Howard - Director John is a long time resident of the Bulkley Valley. He retired from a 29-year career with the BC Public Service. In his last position, he was the Skeena Region Babine Parks Area Supervisor, a role he held for almost 18 years. John is active in the community and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Smithers Golf and Country Club. He enjoys golfing, fishing, bike riding and camping when not chasing the grandkids around the yard at Tyhee Lake.

Tony Pesklevits - Vice Chair Tony is Anneke’s dad and Lisa’s partner, and has had the privilege of living on the Wet’suwet’en yintah in Smithers since 2008. Over his public service career, he’s been responsible for transforming conflict and finding innovative ways to tackle wicked problems at the intersection of reconciliation, climate change, land use and emergency management. In his free time, you’ll find Tony knee-deep in sawdust, snow or the river.

Mike Doogan-Smith - Treasurer Mike has been on the board since 2018 and assumes the role of Treasurer/Director. As a long time resident of the Bulkley Valley since 1986, Mike was a public school Music Educator for 32 years and taught at both the Elementary and Secondary Levels. During his tenure at Smithers Secondary the music program grew exponentially and his bands and choirs received local, provincial, national and international acclaim. In 2013 Mike received the Professional Music Educator Award for Secondary Schools in the province of BC.

STAFF

Deb Camenzind - Office Administrator. As our Office Administrator, Deb provides valued services and a front-line connection with our communities. Contact Deb at any time about BVCF programs.

PAST DIRECTORS

Ryan Hill - Smithers

Charlie o’Malley - Smithers

Kate Daniels - Telkwa

Sean Mitchell - Smithers

Loren Kelly - Smithers

Bonnie McCreary - Smithers

Sandra Lavallie - Houston

Regina Saimoto - Smithers

Rod Holland - Telkwa

Juanita Hagman - Smithers

Karen Rabiossi - Smithers

Pauline Gomez - Hazelton

Don Chinnick - Smithers

Colin Bruintjes - Smithers

Tanya Amonson - Houston

William David Stene - Smithers

Betty Anne Walker - Smithers

Grant Harris - Smithers

Dale Perry - Smithers

Cathryn Bucher - Smithers

Don Edgecumbe - Smithers

Kelly Mattson - Hazelton

Laura Stanton - Smithers

Shirley Higgins - Houston

Dick Bandstra - Smithers

Peter Weeber - Smithers

Dan Young - Smithers

Lorna Motz - Smithers

Charles Wilson - New Hazelton

John Perry - Smithers

Linda Mangnall - Smithers

Hank Van Der Meulen - Smithers

Staffie Brine - Smithers

Jim Goodacre - Smithers

Arnold Amonson - Houston

Susan Leuenberger - Houston

Katharine Davidson - Smithers

Harry Norman Isaac - Smithers

Jytte Oulton - Smithers

Alan Cooper - Smithers

Carol Morganthaler - Smithers

Patricia McCammon - Smithers

Edward James Whalley - Smithers

Carole Young - Smithers

Margaret Davies - Smithers

Frederick Shortreid - Smithers

Gordon Williams, Sr. - Smithers

Charles Northrup - Smithers

John R. Milne - Smithers

Edward Donaldson Bobb - Smithers

Purpose & Profile

Purpose

The purpose of the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is to create opportunities for donors to support local initiatives, organizations and individuals to improve the quality of life throughout our communities.

Organization Profile

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation was founded in 1991 at the request of the Town of Smithers Economic Development Committee.

Our area for grant-making covers Topley, Houston, Granisle, Telkwa, Smithers, the Hazeltons and Kitwanga. The Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization. We are a tax exempt public foundation and we issue income tax receipts for contributions.

BVCF is a member of Community Foundations of Canada, a cross-country network of over 150 community foundations.

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PO Box 4584

Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

Phone 250-847-4356

Email info@bvcf.ca

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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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