At the time of writing this page, the Society was poised on the brink of some major decisions that are expected to be made during the second half of 2014.
The most significant of those decisions will revolve around Cadence Strategies’ final report on our Business Plan that was presented to our full membership in draft form on Friday, June 6th. Our membership subsequently adopted the final report, to be submitted to our 5 Band Councils for their approval during the Fall of 2014.
Amongst other things, the report provides a realistic estimate of the shortfall we can anticipate between projected costs and projected revenues in our operations.
Potential sources for the approximately $3.25 million we will need for construction of our facility, include Northern Development Initiative Trust, the federal departments of Canadian Heritage and Western Economic Diversification, the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and the Vancouver Foundation.
However, it is our strong belief that no potential contributor to the construction phase will be willing to donate to the project without knowing that our Society has the financial capacity to operate it at least in the medium term.
We also believe that not only will it be necessary for our five member Bands to demonstrate their commitment to the project by making substantial contributions themselves to the operation of the facility, but it will also be extremely valuable to be able to provide evidence of widespread support from within the Regional District and the communities of Williams Lake and 100 Mile House in the form of financial donations, however small they may be relative to the overall cost of the project.
We have therefore now launched a community fundraising effort that is soliciting donations from individuals and small and medium businesses within our region.
We had in mind a handful of relatively small ancillary projects that we would like to fund with the financial support of those individuals and small businesses. These initially included the soils testing that will be conducted as soon as we have the funding in place for the construction phase; a bridge over Sucker Creek to connect the public Rest Area to the Site; and a sign to advertise the project at that location.
We have since decided to make a priority of the bridge building project that is outlined in greater detail on a the Friends page of this website.
In order to facilitate donations, we have registered with CanadaHelps which will allow you to donate online by tapping the button that is found on each page of the website, and by following the prompts. You will receive an income tax receipt from them for your charitable donation, and we will be advised of your donation in order to be able to follow up with our own thank you note.
In advance, we wish to express our thanks for any and all donations you may make.