Thursday, November 6, 2014

BC Gov't News

Finding Funding  

Historical Society and Hope Crime Prevention benefit from gaming grants

Released by BC Gov't Caucus


n important part of Chilliwack’s unique history is being supported thanks to the award of a $9,000 Community Gaming Grant announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin. The Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society will use the grant to promote its Canada Remembers program, enhance displays and preserve important archives.


“Our society has been the recipient of grants from Community Gaming for many years, and we are most grateful,” said CFB Chilliwack Historical Society president Jim Harris. “Without this assistance, programs preserving artefacts and displays as well as bringing the rich military history to the public, especially our youth and veterans, simply would not be possible.”


“CFB Chilliwack played a vital social and economic role in the development of our community, especially in the lives of literally thousands of families who were connected to the base in one way or another, including my wife, Margaret,” said Chilliwack MLA John Martin. “The Society deserves a great deal of credit for creating a living history of all those who passed through its gates.”


These grants have been awarded under the Arts and Culture category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.


In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.


Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at





CFBCHS Goals and Objectives by Jim Harris, President


The goals and objectives of the Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society (CFBCHS) focus on the preservation of the history and heritage of the military presence in this community. Our Constitution and Bylaws guarantee we will preserve and display relevant military artefacts. Our artefacts now number over 26,000.


On 25 July 2003, the City of Chilliwack signed a memorandum of understanding with University of Fraser Valley (UFV), the Justice Institute and the Province of British Columbia on the joint creation of an Education and Research Park located on the former CFB lands. We embrace the park’s theme of community learning and research by preserving and displaying the years of Canadian military history in and around Chilliwack.


While the Canadian Army first occupied this area as a WW II training facility in April 1942, CFBCHS also remembers the lasting contributions of the Royal Engineers in the 1860s during the Canada-US Boundary Survey and the construction of several important road systems including the Cariboo Trail. Camps were developed in and around Chilliwack by those early engineers and many of those soldiers were given acreage and settled here, further contributing to the development of local communities.


Linking with the local communities is an essential component of our mission and with a grant the Society informs the public how, over the years, the civilian and military communities became a cohesive, oriented team through joint cooperation for each other’s mutual benefit.


The Society also helps the public understand that war is horrific. Our members and Veterans stand as living history to that fact. Those sacrifices were and continue to be of immense consequence and while Canada’s freedom endures, that freedom is paid for dearly by her youth and their families. We speak to those consequences, and help those veterans and their families that are suffering get help.


We will build on the outstanding legacy created by the Canada Lands Company (CLC). Throughout Garrison Crossing, CLC has placed 27 historic plaques depicting life as it was from the 1940s through to the late- 1990s. Our society will be nearby - able to respond to questions regarding “The All Sappers Memorial Park” (that was renovated by CLC) and the newly dedicated 2013 “Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Memorial” a saluting base, brought back to life by the Retired Sappers (Chilliwack).



Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2014

BC Gov't News

Organized Crime Fighting  

Hope group receives gaming grant funding

Released by BC Gov't Caucus


he provincial government has named the Hope Crime Prevention Society as one of this year’s winners of a Ministry of Justice Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award.


The Hope Crime Prevention Society is a volunteer-led, non-profit society that has 55 members and runs several programs including a night patrol, day patrol, tunnel watch, Block Watch and Speed Watch. The programs have been suc­cessful largely because of the commitment of their volunteers. Between 2012 and 2013, property crime in the Hope area decreased by 17 per cent.


“I think this award speaks volumes to what ordinary citizens can achieve if they put their mind to it,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “I think we owe each of the volunteers a debt of gratitude for taking precious time out of their lives to service the community.”


The Awards, now in their 17th year, are bestowed on people and organizations in B.C. for their exemplary leadership in community safety and crime prevention and courage to stand up to crime.


The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards are jointly hosted by the BC Crime Prevention Association (BCCPA) and the provincial Ministry of Justice and lead into B.C.’s Crime Prevention Week, Nov. 1-7. 



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