Mary Burkholder: Local Hero Award

We are so proud of Vice President Mary Burkholder as she has been the recipient of a Local Hero Award from Centerra Gold: Mt Milligan. She was the genius behind our Covid 2020 Fitness Challenge Event which helped our organization raise over $8,000 and provided an opportunity for the community to get active during a period when many events and activities had been cancelled.

Centerra Gold presented Mary with a bouquet of flowers and gifts certificates to local businesses: Earthenware and Omineca Sports. In addition, they generously donated $300 to the Vanderhoof Community Foundation to help support our fundraising, so it was a win/win/win all the way round.

Thank you Mary for your dedication to our organization and thank you Centerra Gold for honouring our Local Hero!

2020 Grant Approval – Cluculz Lake Community Association

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have provided a grant of $3000 to the Cluculz Lake Community Association to allow them to complete some repairs to their hall and to purchase some badly needed equipment for their kitchen.  This hall is used extensively by the community and surrounding area.  It is considered the “hub” of the community and these additions will increase its use and effectiveness for the benefit of all.

We, unfortunately, have not been able to do a formal cheque presentation but will hopefully be able to meet with a Board Representative in the future to see the hall once the project is completed.

Covid Fitness Challenge – Thank you!

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation would like to thank the following for their generous donations to our event.  You helped us raise an impressive $8,336.55.  These funds will be deposited into our Endowment Fund and the income earned from the Fund, will provide us with dollars to grant back to the community to help support local projects designed to make Vanderhoof and Area a better place to work, live and play – Today, Tomorrow and Forever!

Yvonne AkeroydAshley HoweKayla Steinebach
 Kevin BlackCarolynne Burkholder JamesConnie Stephen
Yolande BrunoSteve JohnsonSally Stevens
Laura BurkholderJana Rae KadonagaRuth Stewart
Mary BurkholderSwan KiezebrinkConny Trommel
Paul BurkholderKathie LaForgeJ.C. Waterworks
Heather Campbell-StewartCyndi LauzeWalter and Judith Wigmore
Suzanne CampbellDelorie MoranAnita Wlasitz
Lou Anne CampeseSally MakinJames Wlasitz
Tom ClementRuth McIntoshPaul and Sheila Woolnaugh
Centerra GoldBob MontagueLina Wu
Paul CollardMia MoutraySonya Zurevinski
Bob DerksenMonique Morris MullinsAnonymous
Lory DerksenBrian and Wanda Nemethy 
Calvin DesmaraisSimon Nemethy 
Zoe DhillonAlexander Nemethy 
Evan EadieSteve and Renate Price 
Frieda EdelGeraldine Pritchard 
Brian FehrClaire Radcliffe 
Bob and Heather FerrisDoug Rash 
Nadine and Brian FrenkelMike Reed 
Tina FunkMichelle Roberge 
Margaret HallTheresa Simoes 
Noella HerodKenneth Simon 
Travis HimmelrightJeannie Sinclair 


Covid 19 Emergency Community Support Fund

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is delighted to be a part of this Federal Government Initiative. The Fund is aimed at supporting our most vulnerable. Projects need to be submitted as soon as possible and carried out within the next year. Our Foundation is willing and able to help any organization who feels they have an eligible project.

Please spread the word!

Applications must be submitted before 27 July, 2020 for activities occurring between 01 April, 2020 and 31 March, 2021.

For more information:

COVID 2020 Fitness Challenge

Registration form:

Complete and return this to our email at or drop off at Earthen Ware in Vanderhoof.

Sign up to our event on the Vanderhoof Community Foundation Facebook page, post your pictures, and follow the progress of the group!

Have your Team Captain report your team total kilometers once or twice a week to Mary Burkholder at

Donations may be made as follows:

Cash or cheque payable to the Vanderhoof Community Foundation dropped off at Earthen Ware in Vanderhoof (place registration and cash or cheque in envelope with name, phone, and email and indicate if you would like a tax receipt).

Credit Card at select Vanderhoof Community Foundation Endowment Fund

etransfer to Use security question: Event Security Answer: Covid 2020. In the memo block, please indicate receipt or no receipt.

Stay Active and Stay Safe.

Provincial Employee supports Foundation through their Community Services Fund

Left to Right: Brad McRobert and Kathie LaForge

Provincial Employee supports the Vanderhoof Community Foundation through the Provincial Employees’ Community Services Fund (PECSF)

Brad McRobert is the Regional Manager at the Rural Development office in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Vanderhoof.  This year Brad chose the Vanderhoof Community Foundation as his charity of choice for donation through the Provincial Employees’ Community Services Fund (PECSF) annual pledge drive.

PECSF is the Province of British Columbia’s unique employee-driven workplace giving program.  Started by caring, community-minded public servants in 1965, it has raised over $45 million for charities throughout the province.  During the fall awareness campaign and pledge drive, public servants from across the province coordinate fun workplace events to encourage employees to donate to their favourite charity and are encouraged to support their charity of choice over the coming year with one-time donations or payroll deductions.

“Donating to the Vanderhoof Community Foundation was important to me because my donation stayed in the local community to support projects that impact close to home and improve the community for me and my family.   As a leader of a local youth programme, I understand that grants and funding awards can make a big difference for charities and not-for-profit organizations.  I’m excited to be able to help to support local projects that improve the quality of life in our local area.”

Kathie LaForge, President of the Vanderhoof Community Foundation wishes to thank Brad and any other Provincial Employees that may have signed up for this program for choosing the Foundation as their charity of choice.  The income earned on the funds we receive and invest, is returned to the community, through our granting program, to support various projects aimed at making Vanderhoof and Area a better place to live.  Today, Tomorrow and Forever!  For more information on our Foundation, check out our website at or our Facebook page – Vanderhoof Community Foundation

If you are a Provincial Government employee in the Vanderhoof area and would like to learn more about the PECSF or donate to the Vanderhoof Community Foundation through this program, you can contact Brad at the Regional Economic Operations, Vanderhoof Office or call 250-847-0856.

Thank you Nechako Valley Animal Health Services!

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is thrilled to announce another donation from a Vanderhoof business.  Nechako Valley Animal Health Services just donated $750 to the Foundation to add to our Endowment Fund.

Dr. Cori Stephen explains that every Christmas Season, in lieu of sending Christmas Cards to their clients, they make a donation to a non-profit organization that the team chooses in honour of their patients and their owners.

They recognized that the Vanderhoof Community Foundation is in a growth phase of building their endowment fund that provides grants to projects that will benefit Vanderhoof and surrounding area, now and in the future and felt it was an opportunity to be part of something great.  After all, giving back to the community is a part of the Nechako Valley Animal Health Services’ mandate.  They provide a scholarship to a graduate annually who is pursuing medicine and science, they support youth and minor sports in our community, as well as 4H and our Animal Health Team volunteers with numerous non-profit groups involved in enriching the lives of pets and their people. What a great example of a community minded business!

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation will add this donation to our growing Endowment Fund, which is invested and the returns on those investments, provide us with grants to support local community groups to make Vanderhoof and Area a better community.  Our mission is:

Building Community:  Today, Tomorrow and Forever!

Left to Right: Dr. Amanda Janzen, Dr. Cori Stephen and RVT Kaitlin Loewen of Nechako Valley Animal Health Services receiving the Business of the Year Award from the BC Achievement Foundation