Category Archives: Welcome

Meeting at NVSS




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)

Community Dialogue

Please join us at the 2012 Community Dialogue

featuring the Ambassador Program.

You are invited to participate in a dialogue on how Vanderhoof can be a welcoming place for all.

There will be a panel representing new Canadians, and a presentation of the Saik’uz & Settlers Teachers Resource featuring the Ambassador Program for Youth. There will be opportunities for connection, learning and action.

This workshop is for leaders and citizens interested in learning from each other about the promise and potential of living in a diverse and welcoming Vanderhoof.

Snacks and beverages will be served.

7—9 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012 Village Inn

RSVP by November 27 to Charlyne Smilinski,
CNC-Nechako at (250) 567-3211 or

Where we Belong

Quotes from Vanderhoofians:
We came because of the abundance of land.
Some families have worked this land for generations.
The sky is always open and welcoming.
The wildlife is incredible.
Creatures great and small call Vanderhoof their home.
Some enjoy Vanderhoof for the peace and quiet.
The people are friendly and we tend to know everyone.
We enjoy the simple things in life.
It is a great place to raise a family.
It is a great place to grow young.
We have rush minute in Vanderhoof.
Everyone is tight knit. People gather in groups to quilt and craft.
Some came for the work and decided to stay.
Commitment and determination are some of the values we hold.
Seasonally people gather to hunt and fish.
When you see Sinkut Mountain, you know that you are home.
Vanderhoof has a small town feel, it is comfortable here.
Our community is diverse and interesting.
Our community is diverse and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Newcomers feel warm and welcome.
We respect and celebrate our differences.

A Newcomer’s View of Vanderhoof’s Diversity Project

“The aim of the 14-month project is to create a welcoming and inclusive community for all as evidently, Vanderhoof, like many communities, struggles with issues of exclusion and racism.”

Hannah Wright from the Omineca Express writes a fantastic editorial about diversity.

Trumpeter Swans

First two, and then… hundreds! Everyone in Vanderhoof welcomes them.

Spring is Here!

… And it is so welcome!

Nechako River on Tuesday, March 22