Community projects in Boston Bar, Hope get monetary boost

Community projects in Boston Bar, Hope get monetary boost

Art, community and cadets get funding from gaming grants

This month I would like to highlight three recent recipients of the province’s Community Gaming Grants Program. The program provides $140 million annually to not-for-profit organizations throughout B.C. in a variety of sectors. These funding grants provide real lifelines for communities to expand their operations and better serve residents. This is especially important now, as it will help financially support community pillars that are unable to operate as usual due to the pandemic.

The first recipient is the Hope & District Arts Council who received $25,200 to support their programs. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life in Hope by fostering and promoting arts and culture while increasing opportunities for residents to participate in and enjoy cultural activities. The council is home to numerous arts programs and most notably the Art Machine, a 1,500-square-foot workshop space. I was recently planning a visit to their location but was unfortunately postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 guidelines. I look forward to doing so in the future.

The Boston Bar North Bend Enhancement Society is another well-deserving recipient of this funding stimulus. The Society, which received $6,500, is made up of volunteers that work together to improve their town as they operate the local community centre.

The 1789 Royal Westminster Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Sponsoring Committee also received $2,200. Based in Hope, the cadets are involved in community events such as Brigade Days, and have assisted the Hope Mountain Centre with rebuilding of recreational trails.

As we all learn to navigate new challenges, isolation and physical distancing during this crisis, a sense of community, family and connection is especially essential. That is why I felt it was important to highlight these three operations and their visible dedication to helping the people who make up their community.

Jackie Tegart is the MLA for Fraser-Nicola