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VIDEO: Prince George Community Foundation’s 25th year continues by revisiting impacted organizations

Next silver-season feature revisits origins, meaning behind the PGCF
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The Prince George Community Foundation (PGCF) is set to unveil a series of features on social media this next year to recognize its 25th season of helping others.

Organizations in the city and across northern B.C. have been granted a combined more than $3.2 million since the PGCF’s inception in 1995.

That feat appears to have come as easy as it could in bestowing much-needed funds to grow the community, stemming back to when the foundation raised $1 million to kickstart its campaign a quarter-century ago.

In a new short video that dives into the impacted non-profits, former Prince George Mayor John Backhouse recalls why the PGCF was created in the first place.

“They were all community-minded people,” he explains, also noting that the first million was brought together in, what he called, a ‘short period of time.’

“It was an idea, but it was the people that made this thing go.”

The PGCF says its roots simply started on the belief that building a community will entice others to stay, play, work and thrive.

“A strong, social community is a place that people want to live,” says PGCF President Alain LeFebvre.

“When you can make it a better place to live, it’s better for everybody.” 

On Oct. 27, the foundation officially began its 25th anniversary by donating $25,000 to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to purchase basic life support and CPR equipment for workers in training.

Other organizations that have benefitted from the PGCF include Exploration Place, Blackburn Community Association, David Douglas Botanical Garden Society, YMCA of Northern BC, Prince George Child Development Centre and the Prince George Therapeutic Riding Association.

All of the above are featured in the video below.