$320,000 Provincial Grant for Experience the Fraser

July 6, 2015

The Experience the Fraser trail system will continue to be expanded, thanks to five people gaining work experience in trail building and construction and more than $320,000 in provincial funding.

During the six-month project, the workers will clear trails, build footbridges and boardwalks along the trail in Mission, two viewing platforms in Chilliwack and install trail signs. The participants will gain skills in landscaping, carpentry and chainsaw use. They will also receive First Aid certification. The workers have already built a park gatehouse at Chilliwack's Island 22 Regional Park.

This project is a Job Creation Partnership between the Province and Ecoworks Landscape Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mennonite Central Committee BC. Ecoworks is working in partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional District on the project, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.

Experience the Fraser  is a recreational, cultural and heritage project that extends along the Lower Fraser River corridor connecting Hope to the Salish Sea. Over 550 kilometres of Experience the Fraser trails (43% of which are already in place) and blueways will connect communities along the Fraser River.

Quotes:

Sharon Gaetz, chair of Fraser Valley Regional District board, and mayor of Chilliwack - "We are very grateful to the provincial government for this funding through the Job Creation Partnerships Program as it provides benefits to our community in so many ways. This funding will not only build out Experience the Fraser in our region and provide valuable support to projects in our regional parks, but it will also enable members of our community to develop new work skills as they seek employment."

James Siebert, general manager, Ecoworks Landscape Services Inc. - "Ecoworks is excited and thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community by being a part of this Job Creation Partnership project funded by the B.C. government. We appreciate that our partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional District allows us to be part of building the Experience the Fraser legacy that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come.

"This project enables Ecoworks to fulfil its mandate by providing work experience, and the necessary work skills, to our program participants by giving them the opportunity to move into meaningful employment when their time with us is complete."

Maryse Papineau, project participant - "For me, this Experience the Fraser project is a wonderful opportunity. We learn a lot, I am discovering this amazing area and we contribute to a sustainable development project."