Tumbler Ridge project creating work experience and better recreation

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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – A $270,000 project that is being done in Tumbler Ridge is not only causing better recreation sites, it is also creating valuable work experience for trainees.

16 people now have experience from building a BC Parks-approved shelter at Moose Lake and a new 15-kilometre trail into Quality Lake. That trail will be usable for hikers, snowmobiles as well as ATVs.

This was all made possible through a British Columbia government-funded Job Creation Partnership.

Other jobs that were included in the project were trail cleaning, sign installation, as well as promotion of the project itself.

The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation is providing $193,500 for the project. Other money is coming from: District of Tumbler Ridge, Pattern Energy, the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Grizzly Valley ATV club and Community Forests.

The project will take 19 weeks to complete and will be finished in October.

The workers will have full skills in carpentry, and maintenance and trail building. The project originally started with 12 workers and 7 of them have gained full-time employment as a result of the work experience they participated in.

“Although this project has taken time to pull together and manage, the outcomes are worth every minute. To see the satisfaction on the faces of the participants after a day at work and to hear them talk about what they accomplished makes it so worthwhile. In the end, Tumbler Ridge will be left with several amazing multi-use trails and a gorgeous picnic shelter at Moose Lake. I personally think the Quality Lake Trail, which we developed and built, will become one of the premier trails in Tumbler Ridge.” – Jerrilyn Schembri, manager, Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce