BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Irene Gilbert—Vice President
P.O. Box 553
108 Mile Ranch, B.C.
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 June 2019. Those include a review of our July 2014 Business Plan, consideration of the financial contributions to be made by our member Bands, and the actual search for outside funding for the project. With construction documents in hand as well as our exhibit design roadmap, we are contemplating the launch of our fundraising campaign later in 2019.
Regarding our Business Plan which will be five years old in June 2019, it is clear that several factors will have had an impact on the operational budget we created in 2014, but we have decided to postpone a formal review in the belief that the only negative factor, i.e. the two most recent summers of wildfires, is more or less balanced by the increasing popularity of indigenous tourism and its anticipated increase in visitors to our site.
In April 2019, we met with our architects and exhibit design consultants to review their original budget estimates, and anticipate adopting their revised budget proposals when our members meet in early June 2019. That meeting will also adopt a fundraising campaign strategy that is most likely to include the retaining of a professional fundraiser.
Finally it is worth noting that the three local governments that operate in the region of our member Bands, the Cariboo Regional District, the District of 100 Mile House and the City of Williams Lake, have all offered support and encouragement to our project since its inception almost 15 years ago. Continuing support has also been provided by the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce, the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and Indigenous Tourism BC. That support will undoubtedly be of great assistance when we approach private and public organizations for financial contributions for our overall project.
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