Community Investment Fund now accepting applications for 2022 – Prince Rupert Northern View

Purchasing new medical devices, building an accessible playground and equipping search and rescue teams with a personalized mobile command center are just a few of the ways the Investment Fund Port Authority of Prince Rupert (PPRA) community has had an impact on residents of northwestern British Columbia over the past year.

“We believe that strong communities sustain us and as we grow as a business gateway, we want the communities that enable that growth to directly benefit from its success through our Community Investment Fund,” said Brittany Pederson, Manager, Community Relations, Port of Prince Rupert. Authority.

Each year, the APPR devotes a portion of its net income to the Community Investment Fund. Since 2011, more than $14 million has been committed to more than 90 projects that support health, arts and culture, education, and recreation for residents of all ages and backgrounds.

To kick off 2022, PRPA is calling for new proposals aimed at empowering local communities in a variety of ways. “We are excited to see what kinds of projects are coming forward and how the Community Investment Fund can continue to enrich the lives of people who live on the North Shore,” said Mr. Pederson.

Groups interested in submitting a proposal must go through an application process. Information can be found at RupertPort.com/CIF. The deadline for 2022 submissions is February 13. A look back at the projects announced in 2021.

Students at Lax Kxeen Elementary School are enjoying the new accessible playground built on their school grounds.

Improvements for Northwest Hospitals

Working with the North Coast Health Improvement Society, PRPA has committed $100,000 for the large-scale renovation of the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital Cancer Unit. The space has been completely redesigned to better meet current staff and patient needs and provide more space to accommodate the growing number of patients requiring care in the future.

At Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, the Women’s Wellness Center and Colposcopy Clinic are now equipped with a hysteroscopy and fluid management system, saving patients the need to travel outside of the area for critical diagnostics and follow-up treatment. The specialized equipment was purchased with a $19,500 contribution to the Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation and helps serve people in communities as far west as Haida Gwaii, as far east as Burns Lake and as far north as the Yukon border.

Investing in Community Safety

Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue has transformed its ability to respond to emergencies with a new mobile command center, purchased with a $125,300 contribution from the Community Investment Fund. Equipped with the communication devices necessary to coordinate a search and rescue operation, the mobile unit allows the team to stay in touch with other organizations and react more quickly to events.

Revitalizing long-standing monuments

The Community Investment Fund contributed $280,500 towards retrofit projects at three different buildings that are an integral part of the community. The entrance and reception of the Friendship House of Prince Rupert have been completely renovated. The lobby space is now safer, more secure and inviting for the thousands of patrons who access the cultural, educational and recreational programs offered there.

PRPA helped revitalize the Chatham House Complex, which houses the Museum of Northern BC, Gitxaala Education Centre, Gitxaala Environmental Stewardship, PAC 10 Tutoring, as well as art, dance and yoga studios. The project extended the life of the iconic building by better protecting the structure and the world-renowned Indigenous art housed there from the elements.

The Lester Center of the Arts now has the best digital sound system in northwest British Columbia. PRPA has partnered with the Prince Rupert Performing Arts Society to upgrade the theater’s original infrastructure that dates back to 1987. The new state-of-the-art equipment not only dramatically improves sound quality, but opens new doors for the wide range of productions that are presented. on the spot.

Support sustainability

PRPA has committed $38,750 to two local projects that promote sustainability on land and sea. A new greenhouse was built at Sunken Gardens, providing the Prince Rupert Garden Club with a place to teach community members how to grow their own food . Vegetables harvested there are shared with other local groups that support food security in the city.

PRPA supported ocean pollution reduction efforts by contributing to the purchase of six Seabins. These specially designed garbage collectors have been installed at several local marinas, where they collect debris floating in the water. The project was spearheaded by the Rainmakers Interact Club, a group of community-minded student volunteers from Charles Hays High School, under the direction of the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert.

Develop play areas

The new accessible playground at Lax Kxeen Elementary School is designed to accommodate people of all abilities. The Community Investment Fund has committed $70,000 to the project, which includes equipment and surfaces chosen with guidance from School District 52’s occupational therapist. whether they use a wheelchair, walker, stroller or cane.

PRPA invested $84,000 in a new pump track in the heart of Terrace, which provided a new training ground for cyclists of all ages and experience levels. The paved path, which was developed through a partnership with the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association, features a series of bumps and banked turns, which cyclists can tackle at their own pace on a bicycle, tricycle, scooter or scooter. skateboard.

Jill E. Washington