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Vanderhoof is a welcoming and inclusive community…

The Good Neighbours Committee at work ….

Check out the District of Vanderhoof website  for a slideshow of photos and a welcome to our community.

“Vanderhoof is a welcoming and inclusive community. We are known for our friendly residents and we have a reputation for being a great place to live, raise a family and do business. We pride ourselves on the “Vanderhoof Advantage,” building on the strengths of our people, their work ethic and our collaborative spirit.”  … (read more)


GNC’s Future

The Good Neighbours Committee met on Wednesday February 9, to discuss the future structure of the GNC.

If you would like to be involved, phone Reg at 250-567-4879.

Community Members Dedicated to Diversity

Charlyne Smilinski

Former Diversity Coordinator, Access Facilitor, CNC Nechako
“Let’s build some bridges… We’re very excited about the project, the community and the change that we can see happen.”

Gerry Thiessen

Mayor, District of Vanderhoof
“The whole community is enriched when you can reach out and embrace other people, bring them in and work together and enjoy each others’ company.”

Jackie Thomas

Chief, Saik’uz First Nation
“My hope of an inclusive community would be just to accept people how they are.”

Reg Mueller

Diversity Coordinator, Good Neighbours Committee, CNC Nechako
“I’m looking forward to working with the leaders … and the different organizations to bring about change.”

Calvin Desmarais

Principal, First Nations Education, SD91 and GNC member
“I thought it was a good idea because the schools are always involved in being welcoming and inclusive.”

Maureen Mallais

Regional Director, Nechako Campus, CNC
“It’s about people honouring our differences and diversity, but really valuing our uniqueness, because it’s that very uniqueness that make us a stronger and better community.”

Ken Young

Vice Principal, Nechako Valley Secondary School, GNC member
“There’s been a lot of progress made, but we need to continue.”

Kevin Moutray

President, Chamber of Commerce, GNC member
“I’m really excited to sit on the committee and make Vanderhoof a more inclusive community.”

Kathie LaForge

Economic Development Officer, District of Vanderhoof
“I recognize the need for our community to present itself as a welcoming and inclusive community.”

Peter Rycks

Rotary Club of Vanderhoof, GNC member
“We’re supportive of the idea that we should reach out to each other in the different communities and that we should treat everyone as if they’re good neighbours.”

Darren Carpenter

Counselor, District of Vanderhoof, GNC member
“Our ongoing commitment is to the community accord… Working in partnership with the Good Neighbours Committee in terms of making our community more welcoming and diverse.”

Annerose Georgeson

Artist in residence, CNC Nechako, GNC member
“We went to lots of meetings at the Potlatch House and ate great bannock, people from Saikuz and people from Vanderhoof, we all sat together and talked about things.”

Colleen Erickson

Former Chief, Saik’uz First Nation, GNC member
“The Good Neighbours Committee creates opportunities for us to get together and share, share ourselves and our communities and create bonds.”

Good Neighbours Committee (GNC)

The GNC’s mission statement is to have a society where racist behaviour is unacceptable and mutual respect between individuals is honoured. The Community Accord is the culmination of ten years of work towards an inclusive and welcoming community. Some of the projects the GNC initiated:

  • Legacy of Lights
  • Respect . . . Accept Youth Project
  • Video: Youth-created and designed
  • Community dialogue: “What is a Welcoming and Inclusive Community?”
  • Earth Day Celebrations, 2004: Saik’uz and Vanderhoof tree-planting festival
  • Social interaction opportunities among diverse groups
  • Cultural activities
  • Arts Unlimited Banner Project: “Celebrating Our Diversity”