New Pathways Society elects regional executive

Work continues to promote historic corridor

The New Pathways to Gold Society is governed by a board of First Nations and regions from Hope to Barkerville: Gerard Peter (Canyon)

The new executive of the New Pathways to Gold Society (NPTGS) have hit the Gold Rush Trails running.

All three executives of the community-based non-profit society are experienced NPTGS directors committed to further success for the organizations’ projects.

“We live in one of the most historic and scenic areas of British Columbia,” said NPTGS Co-chair Terry Raymond “It’s time we celebrated and promoted the rich Aboriginal, Asian and European history of the area from Hope to Barkerville, ‘The Gold Rush/Spirit Trail’ corridor.”

Raymond, an NPTGS director representing the Canyon region of the Hope-Barkerville corridor, was elected for a second one-year term as co-chair at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Apr. 28 in Ashcroft. He is currently CAO of the Siska Traditions Society, Lands Manager of the Boston Bar First Nation and President of the Lytton and District Chamber of Commerce.

North Cariboo Director Cheryl Chapman is the Society’s other co-chair, replacing Canyon Director Gerard Peters, who remains on the board.

Chapman is also Training and Development Manager for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C.

Her place as board Secretary was filled by South Cariboo Director Brent Rutherford. A retired teacher and educator, Rutherford has been on the NPTGS board since 2009.

The NPTGS is a non-profit society working with First Nations and other communities along B.C.’s Gold Rush/Spirit Trails corridor with a focus on heritage tourism-based economic development.