Fall 2020 the Northeast BC Community Foundation awarded two grants from the Dawson Creek Community Endowment Fund; $4000 towards the Dawson Creek Walking Trail repaving project and $1000 towards the digitizing of South Peace newspaper project.
Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise: Dawson Creek Walking Trail repaving project
Joe Judge, Service Projects Chair, Rotary Sunrise, provided a report on this project:
“The Dawson Creek walking trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail. It has been in place in Kin Park for decades and had its length extended from Kin Park to the Dawson Creek Library, then all the way to Tubby’s Trailer park entrance.
Over the years the trail has slowly deteriorated due to tremendous use by people of all ages and abilities. The weather and the seasons took a toll on the trail.
Both Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek (Sunrise and Noon) decided to tackle this worthy project, and the Sunrise Club applied to the Northeast BC Community Foundation for funding.
The weeds were sprayed in mid-September 2020 and two weeks later the cracks were blown free of weeds by the City with their air compressors. The paving began after Thanksgiving and was completed by October 16th 2020.
Many people who walk/use the trail are very happy with the results. They are pleased to see the trail upgraded and become even more user friendly.
Rotary thanks all those who participated in making this project come to fruition. It really is a community success!”
South Peace Historical Society: Digitizing South Peace Newspapers
Lynn Washington, President, South Peace Historical Society shared:
“We would like to thank the Northeast BC Community Foundation for the grant towards this project.
Our original project has been to digitize all of the Peace River Block News. The news started in May 1930 and ended in January 2014: we had paper copies of all the newspapers with the exception of the years 1976 to 1983 which were on microfilm. We started this project in 2015 with the purchase of a large format scanner and one volunteer. The total time for this was about 5,000 hours over a period of five years.
Our project was completed mid-February 2021 and most are available on our computers at the Archives for the public to view and use.
This has been a huge project that adds 84 years of history to our collection at the Archives!
I would like to thank you for your help and participation in finishing this project.”