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Port of Prince Rupert Helps Enable Access for All to North Coast Community Services


PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The delivery of social services to residents of the north coast region has improved thanks to the latest contribution from the Port of Prince Rupert’s Community Investment Fund.

North Coast Community Services (NCCS) is the latest beneficiary of funding from the Port’s legacy local improvement initiative, receiving $15,425 to support the organization’s Reconfiguration Project at its Prince Rupert offices. The project involved the installation of a new entrance and outdoor area at the Fraser Street location, providing safe and secure access and an improved outdoor activity area.

“This project has improved the quality of service our staff can provide, as well as the experience of the hundreds of clients and their children that utilize our programs,” said Sherry Beal, Executive Director of North Coast Community Services. “It’s our hope that these improvements will result in enhanced parenting abilities, infant and child development, and life skills development for youth across all of the communities we serve.”

Formerly the Prince Rupert Community Enrichment Society, the organization has operated in Prince Rupert for 37 years serving coastal communities including Haida Gwaii. NCCS serves over 600 clients throughout the year, the majority of whom participate in programs with their children. It offers ten programs and services including family skills training, child and youth empowerment, pregnancy outreach and victim services. 

“We’re proud to support North Coast Community Services, which helps some of the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our region to improve their quality of life,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “Ensuring these vital services can continue to be delivered in a safe and efficient way is imperative to the health of the communities in which we operate, and we thank the staff and volunteers of NCCS for their unwavering commitment.”

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The Community Investment Fund is a share of the Port’s annual income that is earmarked for local projects that contribute to the region's quality of life and create long-lasting benefits. The Community Investment Fund has allocated six million dollars to projects since its inception in 2010; those funds were matched with contributions from other businesses, community groups and government agencies. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting sports, recreation, performing arts, healthcare, education, the environment and other needs in the community.


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