Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested in enrolling a child in our FREE Spring Break Session of Go Girls!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort St John will be hosting a FREE Spring Break session of our Go Girls – Healthy …Bodies, Healthy Minds program for girls ages 11-14. The program will run Monday-Thursday from March 20-30, 2017 from 10am-12pm. We can even provide transportation to and from the sessions for up to 6 participants!

For additional details on the program, please feel free to check out the following link:

There are a limited number of spots available (only a handful as of the time of sending this email).  Registration will be taken on a first-come-first-enrolled basis. Transportation, snacks and all supplies will be provided!! The enrollment package is attached to this email for your convenience.

A special thank you to our Program Champion: TransCanada Corporation and our Program Partner: Shell Canada for their generous support!!

Danielle Armstrong, Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort St John & Area

  1. 250.793.5599 or FSJ Office. 250.787.9674
  2. 250.787.9837



















































Give. Volunteer. Act.

Are you an agency, a not for profit organization or funded by United Way in Northern BC that needs extra volunteer help to start or complete a local project? Maybe it’s a special event that requires a little more people power than usual. We are seeking projects for the upcoming spring and throughout the summer, perhaps a Christmas Day of Caring.

A UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING IS FOR YOU (see attached details and Form)

A Day of Caring is…

Day of Caring is a United Way initiative that mobilizes volunteers, local business, corporations and organizations to collaborate and complete hands‐on projects for our local not for profit organizations within Northern BC. Teams take part and work together on projects such as:

  •             Painting rooms in an organizations space and/or assisting with cleanup of an organization’s space.
  •             Small scale projects such as: building a shed or fence, shelves, repairing a playground, etc.
  •             Landscaping, gardening and general clean up.
  • Food, clothes and Hygiene Kit Drives


WHEN do projects take place?

The Day of Caring initiative occurs on an ongoing basis throughout the year; organizations and agencies may apply at any time during a calendar year.

WHERE do projects take place?

Day of Caring will be held throughout the region at a number of different not for‐profit agencies and organizations.

WHY is the initiative important?

Day of Caring demonstrates that volunteer efforts, big or small, are vital to the well‐being of a community and that by working together, people can address some of the urgent needs of local not‐for profit agencies and organizations.

Day of Caring provides many local organizations with much‐needed volunteer assistance.

Day of Caring provides many people with the opportunity to be involved in a rewarding, community driven hands‐on volunteer experience.

Day of Caring provides staff of businesses and corporations with the opportunity to get together as a team and participate in a worthy cause.

Day of Caring is an opportunity for people to come together and work to build a supportive, healthier community for everyone.


Questions? Contact

Niki Hedges
Community Development & Campaign Officer (NE)

2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey


From January to June of 2017 Statistics Canada will conduct the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. This survey will collect information from First Nations people living off-reserve, Métis, and Inuit, aged 15 and over across Canada. Questions will focus on key topics such as employment, skills and training, education, health, and cultural practices.

With this information, Aboriginal organizations, communities, service providers, researchers  and governments will be able to provide appropriate programs and services across the country—for you, your family, and your community.


Your answers are confidential. The Statistics Act protects respondents’ information. This information cannot be disclosed without the respondents’ consent or as authorized by the Statistics Act.


Statistics Canada is also working with various National Aboriginal organizations to get the message out about the survey, so you may see promotional material posted around friendship centres, community organizations and on various websites.


Please find attached a brochure and poster that provide information about the survey.  Both documents are in PDF format and can be printed or circulated electronically.  If you would like hard copies of either of these documents (English and French) please do not hesitate to contact us and we can have some mailed to you.   2017aps-poster


Thank you for your support.




Desiree Ng
Advisor, Aboriginal Liaison Program

Good Morning,
Please find information below regarding TransCanada’s newly launched Scholarship Program. We would love to see applicants from your community and appreciate any assistance to build awareness about this opportunity among educators and students.
TransCanada is a leading North American energy company that takes pride in supporting the communities where we do business and helping to build the future workforce. We are currently seeking applicants for our new TransCanada Empower Communities Scholarships program. TransCanada will be accepting applications annually from January 15 to April 15.
The program offers three post-secondary scholarships to students who live in communities across Canada and the U.S.:
• TransCanada Trades Scholarship – Up to 150 awards worth $1,000 each offered to students pursuing a career in trades relevant to the energy industry
• TransCanada Indigenous Legacy Scholarship – Up to 50 awards worth $5,000 each offered to First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Native American students pursuing any post-secondary education
• TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship – Up to 100 awards worth $1,000 each offered to students pursuing any post-secondary education who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities through volunteer work, community participation, leadership or other activities
Students can visit to learn more about the program and apply for scholarships.
Thank you, and please feel free to forward this email to any students who may be eligible and interested.
Rebecca McElhoes
Manager, Community Relations


Good Afternoon everyone,


Please find the attached posters of upcoming events at DRFN.  If you could please post and forward along to anyone whom may be interested in attending.  nhl-reggie-leach-drfn-march-24   gospel-music-drfn-mar-19


Thank you,


Alison Manitowabi



BC Non-Profit Housing Association |

Do you want to learn more about affordable housing issues affecting your region? This year’s RENT events will have education sessions more specific to your region’s local issues, as well as more networking and advocacy opportunities.  Save the Date: 2017 RENTs

  • Vancouver Island RENT – Parksville – April 6
  • Lower Mainland RENT – Coquitlam – April 20
  • Northern BC RENT – Fort St. John – June 15
  • Interior BC RENT – Vernon – September 21

Lynda Dragan

Executive Assistant to

Kishone Roy, CEO


BC Non-Profit Housing Association

ADDRESS 220–1651 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC  V5L 3Y3

TEL 604.291.2600 Ext: 2165  FAX 604.291.2636

My  direct line is :  778 945-2165   TOLL-FREE (BC) 1.800.494.8859



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For BCNPHA’s free online news bulletin which features upcoming educational events and news updates. Sign up at


Are you a Member?

Find out how your organization can become a member of BCNPHA here.

Are you considering building or redeveloping affordable housing in your community? If so, then Ready, Set, Build! (RSB!) is for you. RSB! is an online community of practice-driven course, with a one day, face-to-face session being held the day after our RENT events. Registration for our RENTs and RSB! open in February, so watch details on the website!

Hi everyone,

NPSS is hosting a workshop for Parents! The workshop will focus on helping parents be able to guide their child through their career choices. The dates are February 23rd and March 9th from 6:30pm – 9pm, it will be held in the NPSS Library. Space is limited to 40 participants, please call or email Jodi Hickey to register.  sd60-parents-as-career-coaches-poster-1


Jodi Hickey

Career Programs Coordinator

International Homestay Coordinator

250 785-4429  ext 335


About the web development –

Training registration form –


Lauren Kelly

Manager, Communications and Engagement

I have attached the application and flatsheet for the upcoming 40 day WEST Workforce Exploration Skills Training program in Smithers.

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The WEST program is a golden opportunity for Aboriginal participants to obtain field skills and training in order to enhance employability in the minerals and natural resources industry.

Participants will live in a training camp near Smithers for the duration of the 40-day program.

Good health and physical fitness are mandatory. Students will take field trips that include hikes of up to 10 kilometers over steep terrain.

Funded By: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

There are 18 seats for this course.

Hello Everyone Pls forward as you see fit

I would like to share important information with you about the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), and provide you with Service Canada contacts in BC who are available to support your communities in taking advantage of this benefit.

Your assistance in sharing information about the CCB widely with your networks and clients would be greatly appreciated.

The Government of Canada introduced the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to replace previous child benefits, including the Universal Child Care Benefit, the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement. The CCB is a tax-free monthly payment for eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

Benefits are paid over a 12 month period from July of one year to June of the next year. A family could receive up to $6,400 per year for each child under the age of 6 and $5,400 for each child aged 6 to 17. In order to apply for the Canada Child Benefit, you will need to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and file an income tax and benefit return.

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United Way of Northern BC and UNBC have partnered to bring this workshop to FORT ST JOHN BC!


The Corporate Sponsorship and Event Marketing Workshops


  1. Corporate Sponsorship: MARCH 2 2017 – MARCH 3 2017, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 9AM-4:30PM, FORT ST JOHN BC.

This workshop will cover a broad spectrum of sponsorship categories from sport, cause, health and community events, through to municipal, festival and tourism projects ranging across grassroots to major event platforms.
Through a seminar and workshop platform, participants will gain a thorough understanding of industry standardized methods, processes and best practice strategies to design a program from end to end. The Corporate Sponsorship Workshop is designed for any individual or organization involved with sponsorship or planning to become involved in this program area.


Location:  Fort St John

Instructor: Joanne Veltri

Registration Deadline is February 20, 2017

Cost $315.00


  1. Event Marketing: FEBRUARY 28 2017 TO MARCH 1 2017, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, 9AM-4:30PM, FORT ST JOHN BC.

Today’s communication cluttered event landscape has become a highly competitive environment and event planners have to employ a diversified mix of marketing and promotional tactics to break through the commercial noise to drive marketing goals. Through a seminar and workshop platform participants will gain an understanding of on-trend and best practice strategies for developing and implementing a winning event marketing plan. The Event Marketing Workshop is for any individual or organization with a vested interest in building event marketing presence to strengthen brand image aimed at increasing awareness, membership, participation, attendance, registration and or sales


Location:  Fort St John

Instructor:  Joanne Veltri of TrueNorth42

Registration Deadline is February 18, 2017

Cost $315.00


For more information please contact

Emily Gallen

Community Development & Campaign Officer

United Way of Northern British Columbia

WK: 250 263 9266 ext 2

#200 10704- 97 Avenue

Fort St John BC V1J 6L7

Reg. Charity Number:  122679699RR0001



Good Day,

We are pleased to send you (attached) the Canada Disability Savings Program (CDSP) newsletter. This newsletter is sent to stakeholders and partners of the CDSP so that organizations working across Canada to help people with disabilities and their families are informed about the RDSP.

In this edition of the newsletter, you will find information about our upcoming RDSP WebEx information session, as well as other information related to the RDSP.

Your feedback is welcome. In addition, as our mandate includes increasing awareness of the RDSP across Canada, we would like to learn more about community events or conferences in your regions where the RDSP could be promoted.  You can write back to us at


The RDSP Outreach Team

Employment and Social Development Canada

Government of Canada









































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