Braeside Hall Upgrade
Recipient: Braeside Recreation Commission
Strategy: Community Infrastructure
Description: The Braeside Recreation Commission and its community hall serves a community of 400 in the rural area of Vanderhoof and has been providing a focus for community activities for 28 years. A comprehensive community needs survey done in 1998 concluded there was a need for a larger, more suitable, community gathering facility. After considering the evidence of community volunteerism and commitments from partners such as the BC Gaming Commission, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and Alcan, the NKDF directors decided to assist with Phase 1 of this project (doors, insulation, sheeting, foundations, and electrical upgrades). The project provided an inspiring example of community participation with up to 15 volunteers at weekend work bees, and other residents providing food for the workers. In the final report, the Commission had tracked over 1600 volunteer hours and 80 equipment hours.