The new manager, Lisa Dunn, replaces Fiona Glass who has moved to Nelson. Dunn is based in Terrace so the toll-free number and web-site remain the same but the fax number, mail, and e-mail addresses have changed (see letterhead). Dunn's first job is to publicize the changes and to schedule visits to all the communities in the NKD Fund’s investment area.
Dunn has a Master's degree in Environmental Studies and teaches proposal writing at Northwest Community College. She has lived in BC’s northwest for 13 years, working most recently with the Northern Development Commission and Community Futures, where she has coached hundreds of business and community leaders through the challenges of getting funding.
“Our grants and loans programs are open for business and we are hoping to invest a million dollars in the Nechako-Kitamaat area this year," said Dave Merz, chair of the Society. “We want to make a difference with our programs, especially in hard times like these.”
The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society was jointly established in 1997 by the government and Alcan Inc. in the amount of $15 million. The investment area for the NKDF is the Nechako Region and the lands traditionally used by the Haisla people. This includes the communities and rural settlements of the Nechako Region: Vanderhoof, Fort Fraser, Nautley (Nadleh Whutíen First Nation), Stoney Creek (Saikíuz First Nation), Cheslatta First Nation, as well as the settlements south of Grassy Plains in the Ootsa Lake area and Kitamaat Village. The Society provides loans and grants to legally incorporated organizations for projects that create sustaining employment opportunities, diversify the economy, improve capacity to generate economic development and that improve the basic infrastructure needed for growth, jobs, community stability and quality of life.
More information on the NKDF Society is available by visiting its web-site (www.ndf.gov.bc.ca) or by calling the manager, Lisa Dunn, toll free 1 877 478 3863.
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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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