Rio Tinto teams up with the Vanderhoof Community Foundation for a win/win partnership

Rio Tinto hands out swag (pens, cups, fridge magnets etc.) at Conferences they attend.  At the B.C. Natural Resources Forum this past January, they directed this budget to support local community organizations. 

Rio Tinto identified three organizations from the Prince George, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof areas to partner with. 

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation was thrilled to be chosen for this donation in our community.  We were able to attend the Natural Resources Forum and share information about the Foundation at the Rio Tinto booth, where they had laptops set up for people to answer some skill testing questions about their operations.

Each participant was able to designate which charity they wanted their Rio Tinto dollars to go to based on information shared by volunteers at the booth.  Following the event, Rio Tinto calculated the votes for each organization and then rounded the donation to $2,500 for each.

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation intends to use this contribution to support community projects that make Vanderhoof a better place to live, work and play.  The funds in our Endowment Fund are held for perpetuity and the earnings from these investments provide us with dollars to support worthwhile community projects today, tomorrow and forever!


Affonso Bizon, Gen. Mgr. Rio Tinto BC Works;  Mayor Gerry Thiessen, District of Vanderhoof and Andrew Czornohalan, Operation Director – Power and Services, Rio Tinto BC Works.

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.