“We got so many compliments on the facility and the way you guys just stepped-up to the plate,” says Mayor Lori Ackerman to city staff. “I don’t know how to thank you enough other than just say thank you for what you’ve done.”

Mayor Ackerman also took the opportunity to thank the general public for their volunteer work and open arms.

“The community offered beds and meals and provided a warn welcome to 65 displaced athletes and their parents,” Mayor Ackerman says. “Our warn hospitality and kid-hearted community members will long be remembered.”

Mayor Ackerman says the city was made aware of the venue change within only 24-hours before the athletes arrived.

During the Winter Games in Prince George, Chief Frederick of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation was presented with traditional gifts of blankets and tobacco on behalf of the City of Fort St. John. In return, Chief Frederick presented a plaque to provide the city during Monday’s meeting.

“We were the only one to really present them with some traditional gifts, and I know that Chief Frederick was very impressed with that so he wanted to pass along his thank you to Mayor and Council,” says General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland.

Shopland says one the hottest souvenirs coming from Fort St. John in Prince George were the city pins – often representing the novelty of the Winter Games being played in two different cities.