BC Air Access Program
With Village of Pemberton Mayor, Mike Richman to present $56,250 for the Pemberton Regional Airport upgrades. The funding will repair surface cracks and restore painted markings on the runway. The Pemberton Regional Airport is an important element of the emergency, transportation and tourism sectors and acts as a hub for aero sports in the region. The BC Air Access program is part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. Over the next three years, the B.C. government will invest almost $2.7 billion in transportation improvements.
Centrepoint in Squamish
Work is now underway on Centrepoint, a new mixed-use building that will provide 32 affordable housing units in Squamish. The project will also include the redevelopment of Squamish United Church. Sea to Sky Community Services Society will relocate to and manage the building. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia provided a combined investment of $2.8 million for the project through the Canada- B.C. Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing. The B.C. government also provided $9.8 million in construction financing.
Canoe Shelter Blessing
Members from the Squamish Nation Council and their education team were joined by Mayor Patty Heintzman to bless the new Canoe Shelter, Xwu’nekw. The Canoe Shelter will provide a place for story-telling, culture-sharing and learning right in the downtown core of Squamish. The Xwu’nekw site property was transferred to the District of Squamish through a Provincial Crown Grant sponsored by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Social Entrepreneurship Thrives
Whistler Centre for Sustainability hosted the Social Venture Challenge 2016 which saw entrepreneurs from across the corridor pitch their social venture ideas. Everyone was a winner, having received valuable coaching and mentoring which is a foundation of the Program. $5000 was provided by Squamish Savings for the winner Renee McNeil (third from the right) for Cutting Barriers, an employment and training agency for disadvantaged members of the community. Renee plans to offer skills-based training workshops and job placement services specializing in the kitchen/food service industry.