Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes is congratulating four key local not-for-profit organizations that applied successfully for recent EventHostBC funding.

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has approved funding for these Quesnel recipients:

  • BC Lake Stewardship Society – $5,000 for their 18th Annual BCLSS Conference, related to the heath of lakes and water supplies (September 25-27, 2015).
  • Quesnel and District 4-H Council – $5,000 for their Achievement Show & Sale, providing youth members the opportunity to showcase their projects to the community (August 11-16, 2015)
  • Baker Creek Enhancement Society – $4,000 for FraserFest in Ceal Tingley Park in Quesnel, where people can learn about the history of the Fraser River (September 6, 2015).
  • Friends of the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives Society – $1,747 for the Royal Engineer’s Encampment. This living history group will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Cariboo Wagon Road from Yale to Barkerville (August 7-8, 2015).

“From celebrating our heritage, to protecting our environment, to encouraging our youth—these events showcase the pride we take in our community’s past, present and future,” says Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “Congratulations to these successful grant recipients, and thank you for hosting such great events for locals and visitors to enjoy.”

EventHostBC, launched May 8, 2015, is a one-time funding initiative intended to encourage and support community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.  A total budget of $250,000 was allocated and is being distributed equally throughout the province’s six tourism regions based on a first-come, first-served model.

Eligible non-profit organizations were invited to apply for up to $5,000 per event. Eligible events included those that were not already receiving provincial funding, would draw visitors to the community and those that were not projected to be profit-making.

This event aligns with the current development of the Government of British Columbia’s five-year hosting strategy – a commitment to supporting communities and organizations in their efforts to make B.C. the destination of choice for sport and cultural events.