Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society reached a milestone in 2017 with the approval of the $10 millionth grant dollar.
Since inception NKDF has invested in over 300 projects that support sustainable economic activity and healthy communities.
These projects would not be possible without the vision of community leaders and dedicated volunteers, who have worked tirelessly toward the goal of creating vibrant, diverse, and economically viable communities.
For the updated, current total number of project funded and grant dollars awarded, and to view all projects funded since inception, please visit https://www.nkdf.org/projects
Here is what NKDF grant recipients are saying:
To the Board Members of the Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund Society, On behalf of the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA) it is an honour to have this opportunity to try to articulate adequately what...
~Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
To the Board Members of the Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund Society,
On behalf of the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA) it is an honour to have this opportunity to try to articulate adequately what the support provided by the Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund Society (NKDF) has meant to our organization. To be accurate NKDF's support precedes and is responsible for the formation of BLMBA as NKDF funding provided the opportunity for a group of dynamic volunteers to attend an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) conference that led to the incorporation of BLMBA as a society in August of 2006. Since that nascent step NKDF has continued to provide key support for trail construction in every phase of our development. Following BLMBA's formation NKDF funding allowed for initial trail planning and construction in the newly formed Burns Lake Bike Park. Since then we have expanded into the 4000 hectare Boer Mountain Recreation Site and NKDF's funding has been key in the construction of numerous trails: Razorback, an 18 km single track trail on the eastern perimeter of the site that joins the Bike Park with the top of Boer Mountain; a 3.5 km trail, New Kinda Downhill Flow (NKDF), that joins Razorback with our signature downhill trail When Pigs Fly; Pigasus, a 10 km trail on the western perimeter connecting the top of Boer Mountain with the Bike Park; and the current 3 year project, a 5 km downhill trail, Hogzilla, running from the top of Boer to Kager Lake, the jewel at the centre of our recreational area. Additionally, your society has generously funded two incarnations of Project Trails, a joint venture between the local high school and BLMBA that provides the opportunity for students to learn about planning, designing, and constructing single track mountain biking trails.
So NKDF not only provided the initial spark that launched this incredible journey but it is also responsible for funding the construction of more than 35 km of our 90 km trail network. To say that your society has been pivotal in the development of this world class facility is an understatement. In addition to the obvious attraction of having superlative mountain biking trails for locals and visitors to enjoy, the economic and social benefits from this support cannot be discounted. For example, our town has seen visitors from all over the world purposefully target Burns Lake as a destination because of the trails. Those visitors spend money supporting local shops and businesses. A bike shop in town was started and has been thriving because of the need generated by the trail network. A sporting goods store has become a distributor of an exclusive brand of outdoor gear because of the international recognition of Burns Lake as a mountain biking destination. (Burns Lake was first in Canada to receive the IMBA designation of Ride Centre.) Finally, a number of professionals have chosen to move to Burns Lake specifically because of the mountain biking trails. These benefits are tangible and, combined with programs and fixtures such as Project Trails, Wednesday Workbees, Kids Camp, Lake Babine Nation's Youth Mountain Biking and others the capacity for sustainability is continuously being nurtured and refined.
To summarize, the benefits that have been realized in Burns Lake and the Lakes District because NKDF has chosen to so generously support trail development here are significant. This development has played a crucial role in the economic diversification and social welfare of the area and it would not have happened without your support. With heartfelt appreciation, thank you!
Guy Epkens-Shaffer, President
Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
The Fraser Lake & Area Menshed Society we feel has been a great success, largely due to the grant for our shop addition from the NKDF. Without the grant we would not have had the courage to proceed with its...
~Fraser Lake & Area Menshed Society
The Fraser Lake & Area Menshed Society we feel has been a great success, largely due to the grant for our shop addition from the NKDF. Without the grant we would not have had the courage to proceed with its completion.
We have found the NKDF extremely helpful and especially want to thank Britta Boudreau for her help and assistance, as well as the directors for their encouragement.
Since the spring we have been quite active in our community, despite summer coming and many of us having family and especially grandkids to visit! We have been able to donate $500 to the Fraser Lake Elem-Sec School Breakfast Program; $500 to our Crisis Center and $500 to Autumn Services for services to seniors. There will be more donations as our funds permit. Some of the projects we have completed, or are working on are: carport for a senior whose carport collapsed last winter; wheelchair ramp for a disabled senior; repairs to trophies for clubs; storage containers for the Pickleball group; installing a dishwasher for a senior; Gyprocing for a member; helped cleaning out some seniors homes; helped people move furniture and belongings as well other smaller helps and repairs. While we have about 30 members, our active group is about 12; who all have homes to look after and may not be in the best of health, so we keep busy.
We are planning to have more social gatherings and possibly games or card nights as we feel these will be very beneficial to our members and may draw new members.
Thanks to the NKDF for giving us the funds and courage to undertake our shop project!
Thanks – John Stafford and FL&AMS
The Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund Society came to our aid and assisted us with the cost of installing a fire suppression sprinkler system in one of our seniors’ housing complexes in Burns Lake. The funds...
~Lakes District Senior Citizen Housing Association
The Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund Society came to our aid and assisted us with the cost of installing a fire suppression sprinkler system in one of our seniors’ housing complexes in Burns Lake.
The funds received from NKDF were crucial to our ability to complete this costly and worthwhile project.
The Lakes District Senior Citizen Housing Association now has a fire suppression sprinkler system for Carroll Cottage. Carroll Cottage is a 14 unit apartment complex specifically for senior citizens. Research shows that the benefits of a fire suppression sprinkler system are the reduction in fatalities and injuries, reduction in property losses and the reduction in cost of fire services. This is especially relevant for this aged building housing senior citizens, some of whom have mobility issues.
The Lakes District Senior Citizen Housing Association is so grateful for the assistance. The staff of NKDF supported and guided us throughout the complete process from the initial application to the final reports and payment. It was a pleasurable experience!
Congratulations Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund Society on your 10 Million Dollar Milestone!
Lakes District Senior Citizen Housing Association
In 2013 NKDF provided seed capital to fund an Accessibility Audit of what would be required to develop the Lakes Outdoor Recreation area as an accessible region in northern British Columbia. It proved that people with...
~Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society
In 2013 NKDF provided seed capital to fund an Accessibility Audit of what would be required to develop the Lakes Outdoor Recreation area as an accessible region in northern British Columbia. It proved that people with disabling conditions and seniors wanted to experience the same health benefits of the environment, nature and adjacent communities, as all other people.
The audit revealed there were many opportunities and experiences in the outdoors to offer people with disabling conditions and seniors.
Using this report as the impetus and rationale, the Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society (LORS) applied for funding to upgrade picnic tables and outhouses to make them user friendly to this demographic. To date LORS has replaced or upgraded approximately 75 picnic tables and 20 outhouses located within our 28 Recreation Sites to the standards identified by the Accessibility Audit.
Our thanks to NKDF for “planting the seed” that allowed LORS to increase accessibility to the outdoors to seniors and the people with disabling conditions.
The Lakes District has some of the most accessible, free, “remote” camping sites in the province.
To NKDF Board of Directors, I am writing on behalf of the Nechako Nordics to share our Success Story. Our club is the Ski Section of the Nechako Valley Sporting Association in Vanderhoof, BC. We have been active...
To NKDF Board of Directors,
I am writing on behalf of the Nechako Nordics to share our Success Story.
Our club is the Ski Section of the Nechako Valley Sporting Association in Vanderhoof, BC. We have been active for over 30 years and have produced both elite athletes and many more recreational skiers. Several of our athletes have competed provincially for British Columbia and Canada internationally. It is worthwhile noting that the head official at the 2007 and 2015 Canada Games and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics for biathlon was from our club.
The Nechako Valley Sporting Association is a nonprofit organization that has received a significant amount of financial support from the Nechako Kitamaat Development fund over the past 14 years including:
Water and Septic Service for our Clubhouse (February 2004): $8,000
Trap Equipment (January 2011): $22,768
Under Ground Lighting for our ski trails) (March 2015): $35,000
Ski S'kool Cross Country Ski Equipment (July 2016): $3,806
Administration and Timing Building (September 2016): $13,500
Ski Terrain Park and Adventure Trail (June 2018): $3,783
That is a total of $86,857!
The NVSA Trail System now has over 11km of trail tracked for classic skiing, over 8km of trail groomed for skate skiing and more than 2km of lit trails for night skiing. All trails are well marked with good signage. The club has a heated day lodge on site, with running water, indoor bathrooms and waxing facilities. We also have good, well maintained grooming and tracking equipment.
With the help of the NKDF we have significantly increased the number of skiers using our facilities in the last several years. In 2018 we had five Bunnies, twenty seven Jackrabbits, six Racers, four Biathletes and 282 school students attend our Ski S’Kool Program. In total there are now more than 450 active recreational skiers in the Vanderhoof area! Lots of happy skiers and lots of good skiing conditions!
This year’s skiing promises to be even more exciting! Over the summer the Nechako Nordics have created a new Terrain Park and Adventure Trail adjacent to our Clubhouse full of humps, bumps and jumps suitable for all young at heart skiers. We are also hosting the TECK Northern Cup #1 cross country ski race on January 19, 2019 and the Biathlon BC Cup #4 on February 1-3, 2019.
These successes would not have been possible without the generous support from the NKDF.
Thank you very much and congratulations on contributing more than 10 million dollars across the investment area. Your support is very much appreciated!
Richard D. Burkholder, Chairman
Dear Board, This is to congratulate the NKDF on reaching a milestone of $10 million in funding for social improvement in the Interior of BC. The NVSA has been fortunate, and grateful, to receive considerable...
~Nechako Valley Sporting Association
This is to congratulate the NKDF on reaching a milestone of $10 million in funding for social improvement in the Interior of BC.
The NVSA has been fortunate, and grateful, to receive considerable funds over recent years to enable our wide ranging outdoor and sporting activities.
A list of recent funding is listed below:
Water & Septic to Clubhouse (February 2004) $8,000
Trap Equipment (January 2011) $22,768
Lighting Upgrade (For ski trails) (March 2015) $35,000
Nordics Ski S'kool (July 2016) $3,806
Building Upgrade (September 2016) $13,500
Ski Terrain Park Expansion (June 2018) $3,800
Notably our infrastructure in the form of the club house, and an adjoining office, have benefited all the members. In addition, the Trap and Cross Country Ski programs have been greatly enhanced, enabling greater participation. This is especially true of the skiing that has now been extended into the school district programming.
We hope that the benefits endowed by the foundation, and the association with the NVSA will continue to improve life for the residents of the Central Interior.
Jake Wall (President) Gerd Erasmus, Cam Hill, George LaBrash, Aubrey McNolty, Russ McLeod Dean Elliot, Dan Patten, Sonya Zurevinski, Paul Collard
Well, this success story throws back a little bit. We started planning for the expansion at the Burns Lake Public Library in the early 2000's. It was an ambitious project - double the size of the library!! The board...
~Burns Lake Public Library
Well, this success story throws back a little bit. We started planning for the expansion at the Burns Lake Public Library in the early 2000's. It was an ambitious project - double the size of the library!! The board and staff at that time, worked hard to figure out what was needed, put together plans of what the expansion would like and then - THE BIG ONE - raise money to make the dream a reality. There were bumps and detours along the way, but in the end, it happened!! The funding from NKDF was instrumental in helping us to secure other grants and donations. Without it, the story might have had a very different ending.
We were so proud of the completed building and were happy to celebrate along with our community in September of 2007. It's hard to believe it's been over 10 years that the library has enjoyed the expansion. I know there are probably days that the current staff think more room is needed. But the number of programs that have been delivered and the amount of time that Burns Lake and area residents have spent within those walls is such a value to our community. Yes, books to borrow and knowledge to accumulate. But also, a warm, welcoming space for babies to seniors and everyone in between. You don't need to have a reason to be there. You don't have to pay to stay. Just go on in and use this wonderful community resource. This is priceless!!!
Thank you, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund for being a part of that.
Former Library Director
The Government of B.C. and Alcan Inc. each contributed $7.5 million to establish the Northern Development Fund in 1999. The investment income generated from this fund supports the NKDF grants program. Each partner has one representative serving on the board of directors. The NKDF is part of the portfolio of the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.
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