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Local Sport Society Pumped Over Legacy Funds

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 8:00 AM
NBCCSDC President Wade Loukes speaking outside last night's City Council meeting

NBCCSDC President Wade Loukes speaking outside last night’s City Council meeting

Prince George, BC –  One organization is the lucky recipient of more than $630-thousand dollars in legacy funds from the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

At last night’s City Council meeting, the Chair of the 2015 Host Society announced the Games had exceeded their original commitment of a $500-thousand legacy, generating a total of $1.1-million dollars.  The original half-million was identified at the outset as a Pre-Games Legacy Fund, but the surplus will go to the Northern BC Community Sports Development Society.

President, Wade Loukes, says the funding is beyond anything his group could have hoped for and will benefit athletes, coaches, officials and sporting volunteers across northern BC.

Evolving out of the former Northern BC Winter Games Society, Loukes says the organization was forced to change its focus about 10-years ago when communities no longer wanted to host the games.  Now, he says, the focus is on supporting local sports groups and provincial sports organizations with athlete development, coach and official training, and challenges in volunteerism.

Loukes says a shining example is the work done with a local group to establish synchronized swimming in Prince George in the run up to the Canada Winter Games.  During the most recent intake of fund requests, Loukes notes there is a group hosting an event in Smithers that’s hoping to feed off the interest generated in Rugby Sevens during the Summer Olympics.

“This injection of funds will keep this going for a number of years,” says Loukes.  “We’ve had very good feedback from sports organizations because they’re very, very appreciative of how much funding we can supply to keep them going.”


Should the surplus not have been returned to the taxpayers.
After all we bailed you out as you claimed you were so broke…

I know it wouldn’t be a lot per person but should we not have some say on where our “donations” go to?

Just a thought…
I know we the taxpayers don’t count until tax time.

This is probably Mr Everett’s creation. He has made an art out of getting public dollars his whole career. Formerly Chairman of the Games Society now sitting as a director for the Northern BC Community Sports Development Society. Always in the orbit of non-profit societies in need of public dollars.

This is a guy that was a $300 an hour consultant for Northern BC Tourism prior to them hiring him as their CEO. His specialty was getting funding from the liberal government under the moniker of a communications consultant.

I think it would be of immense interest for the tax payer if Mr Everett has ever received consulting fees from Northern BC Community Sports Development Society, and what those consulting fees would be for… as in securing funding. I bet minimum 10% ended up in his pocket. Furthermore how much of that funding goes to administration of the ‘non-profit’ organization as opposed to actual funding for sports groups.

Most all non-profit groups under government funding are not volunteers at the admin level.

To me its transferring tax dollars to pump up ‘non-profit’ administration of small empires for decision making involving tax funded programs. Being separate from government these groups are free from freedom of information requests a government agency would be required to adhere to. A lot of back scratching but little transparency IMO.

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