October 2023 Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights

Support for International Nordic Events

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George will provide $75,000 for the upcoming 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships and 2024 Nordic World Cup Finals being hosted in Prince George in March 2024. The events will bring the world’s elite para biathlon and para Nordic skiers to Prince George. More than 200 athletes are expected, representing more than 20 countries. The event is estimated to have an economic impact of $7.2 million for the region.

New Fire Chief for McBride

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has approved the appointment of Courtney Lipke to the position of Fire Chief for the McBride and District Volunteer Fire Department. Lipke has served with the department for 20 years and he replaces Dave Hruby, who has served as Chief for more than 40 years. The Regional District Board expressed their thanks and appreciation for Hruby’s many years of dedicated service to the McBride area.

Annual Cultural Report

The Board received the 2022 Annual Cultural Report [PDF/3.4MB] that summarizes operating and financial information from the past year from the eight museums and galleries supported by the Regional District. The report shows that visitor attendance at the eight funded sites continued to increase and recover after the lows of the COVID pandemic. Attendance increased by more than 24 per cent overall in 2022. Employment also increased slightly during 2022 with the reopening of The Exploration Place and other cultural sites returning to more active business operations.

Community Grants

The Board approved the following community and recreation grants:

  • $1,500 to the Nukko Lake Recreation Commission for a Halloween event
  • $2,252 to the Beaverly Community Association for scholarships and a Halloween event
  • $7,500 to the Beaverly Firefighters Association for rescue equipment
  • $10,000 to the Nadsilnich Lake Community Association for operating expenses and a Halloween event
  • $6,500 to the Pineview Recreation Commission for Halloween and Christmas events
  • $25,000 to the Hixon Volunteer Fire Department Society for rescue equipment
  • $2,675 to the Bear Lake Recreation Association for insurance
  • $7,000 to the Bear Lake Improvement Society for bear-proof garbage bins
  • $500 to the Backcountry Horsemen Society of BC for a campground opening event
  • $5,500 to the Dunster Fine Arts School Society for insurance