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BC Rural Network (BCRN) is a coalition of organizations, communities, and individuals who share a commitment to building the capacity of British Columbia to develop responses to rural and remote community issues. The Network dialogues with rural communities and organizations across BC through a series of annual regional forums, an e-mail list, regular newsletters, and website

  • Vancouver Foundation Field of Interest Grants

  • Rural Dividends Fund

  • B.C. Community Gaming Grants Program – Arts and Culture Organizations and Sport Organizations

  • TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

  • Multi-Unit Residential Building Charging Program

  • Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC

  • The Northern Development Initiative Trust

  • Air Canada

  • Environment of Canada Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

  • Get Youth Working! Program

  • Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant

  • YMCA Youth Job Match Program

  • Healthy Eating School Food Grant

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The number of grants and projects Community Connections has sponsored has continued to grow every year since inception in 2010. As of the end of 2016 we have sponsored a total of 79 projects and 127 grants. See details in our “Grants & Projects” tab. Between funds awarded through grant applications and those raised through community activities and contributions we have managed $511,300 since our beginnings. These numbers do not include the grants and funds related to Community Connections internal operations.

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Late last year Community Connections held our Annual General Meeting. We would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Directors Paris Marshall-Smith of the Yasodhara Ashram and Gary Hill of Boswell for their outstanding contribution. We would also like to welcome back returning Directors Farley Cursons and Janet Wallace. As well, we welcome new Directors Alexis Phillips, Galadriel Rael, and Ellie Reynolds. We know these new additions will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as we continue to develop and grow.

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The “Happy & Well from Yahk-to-Riondel” Happiness Survey was conducted between December 1st and 12th as part of the ongoing Community Directed Funds Initiative exploring how we can take advantage of Columbia Basin Trust’s offering of significant regional funding. A follow on session including a compelling film was held at Crawford Bay School on Wednesday March 11 at 7pm. I hope you were able to hear how AREA A came out on top as the happiest area in our region!

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Community Connections is working on a short video to promote the beauty and lifestyle of the East Shore. We’re excited about posting it on YouTube, Facebook, our own CC website, and anywhere else we can promote how fantastic it is to live here!

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Crawford Bay Natural Playground is a project that seeks to upgrade the current dated playground equipment in the community playground and replace it with a newly designed and built Natural Playground. We aim to use natural elements and topography to affect great change to the playground and revitalize its use by families and children.

Ellie Reynolds