Welcome To Smithers, British Columbia
A Preview of the road ahead
Wednesday, March 21
We will embark on our long voyage traversing Western Canada. Leaving Val-Morin at 03:00 and picking up our fellow Katimavikers from Mirabel, we will continue our drive on to Ottawa. Our Ottawa flight departs at 09:00 and we will have a 6 hour flight to the Vancouver Airport. Then we will travel up North via a small Air Canada passenger jet, which will bring us to the picturesque community of Smithers, B.C., in the northern interior of this beautiful province. We are all too excited...and the count-down has begun...
Smithers, British Columbia
Located near Hudson Bay Mountain (8,600 feet altitude), Smithers is a year-round ski centre. It attracts numerous tourists with its diversity of recreational activities: fishing, searching for fossils, mountain climbing and hiking. The economy is based on the regionís resources, fishing and the forest industry. The population of 15,000 is 85% English-speaking, 10% First Nations and 5% French-speaking. Many conservation and environmental associations are active in Smithers, in addition to non-governmental organizations in the same field.
Community Partners and proposed activities
Bulkley Valley Historical and Museum Society: Assist with museum exhibitions, indexing microfilmed newspapers, data entry, daily museum work.
Bulkley Lodge: Assisting and accompanying senior residents in recreational activities, creating bulletin board, cleaning tasks, gardening.
Bulkley Valley Aids Society: Reception et clerical tasks at the library, organizing special events, supporting with Web updating.
BC Lake Stewardship Society: Developing promotional package, organizing and presenting Prince George conference, data collection, cleaning the lakeside society, presenting information at park's interpretative program.
Smithers Volunteer Centre: Supporting staff to develop Summer program for volunteers.
Northern Society for Domestic Peace: Office reception and customers service, planning and organizing special event activities around violence prevention and related injustice, marketing and fundraising skills for the centre.
Nadina Community Futures: Administrative tasks, activity rapport, project development.