The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund has enhanced the everyday lives of people in communities across Northwestern BC.
Since 2010, PRPA has committed over $12.5 million to the Fund and worked with local organizations to complete more than 80 projects.
To commemorate its 10th anniversary, we’re looking back at 10 projects that embody the spirit of the Fund and made us proud to be a part of.
Rushbrook Trail is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The waterfront path connecting Rushbrook Floats and Seal Cove was closed to the public for 15 years, due to safety concerns. It re-opened in 2018, as a result of the hard work of volunteers and support from several contributing partners, including the Community Investment Fund.
Lester Centre of the Arts
Since opening its doors in 1987, the Lester Centre of the Arts has been an important community gathering place in Prince Rupert. People come from all over the Northwest to see performances in the theatre, which hosts numerous special events. Through multiple Community Investment Fund contributions, this unique space has been updated with new state-of-the-art equipment.
North Pacific Cannery
Walking around the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site, visitors are transported back in time. Several major restoration projects have helped preserve its unique heritage, including the replacement of the working dock, which has enabled the site to host large community and special events.
Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association
The Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association provides classes for athletes of all ages and skill levels, including a competitive team that trains multiple times a week. The association was able to buy new equipment, expand its offerings, and secure a full-time coach thanks to contributions from the Community Investment Fund and other local donors.
The 333 Trinity Recovery House and North Coast Transition Society
The 333 Trinity Recovery House and North Coast Transition Society help people regain control of their lives. Working through these personal challenges takes round-the-clock support, which both of these organizations provide to their clients. The Community Investment Fund contributed to renovations and new infrastructure, which has allowed a greater number of people to benefit from their services.
Charles Hays Field Turf Replacement
The artificial turf on the field at Charles Hays Secondary School provides the community of Prince Rupert with a year-round surface for soccer, rugby and other activities. The original turf had reached its lifespan and thanks to support from the Community Investment Fund, it was replaced with a new and improved material that’s safer to play on.
Search and Rescue Equipment Upgrades
The volunteers who serve on the marine and ground search and rescue teams around the North Coast and Haida Gwaii cover some of the remote areas of British Columbia. Thanks to contributions from the Community Investment Fund, they have upgraded their equipment, vessels, and facilities, enabling them to get to scenes faster, learn new skills, and save more lives.
Community Kitchens and Greenhouses
Community kitchens and greenhouses help bring people together and encourage a healthier lifestyle. The Friendship House kitchen in Prince Rupert, along with projects in Lach Klan and Metlakatla, have also played a critical role in providing food security for community members of all ages, through fresh food hampers, as well as produce and meal deliveries.
The ultrasound machine at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital is used for a variety of exams that assist doctors in diagnosing and treating patients with a range of medical conditions.
Having this type of cutting edge equipment located in the community saves people from the stress and inconvenience of travelling to other parts of the province for exams.
Shames Mountain Ski Area is a winter playground for skiers and snowboarders around the North Coast. Operated by My Mountain Co-op, it’s a community-driven recreational asset unlike anything else in the region, attracting regular visitors from Terrace, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert, seeking fresh, deep powder.