Tumbler Ridge Geopark, Museum Foundation look to merge

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark are researching the possibility of co…

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark are researching the possibility of combining and streamlining the groups and their programs under one organization.

No concrete decision or plan has been made yet, with an eight to 10 month discussion period underway.

Museum General Manager Zena Conlin says an amalgamation taskforce has been created, with board members from each group meeting every month to map out the pros and cons.

“We’re exploring all the avenues on the best way for everybody to work together,” said Conlin, “and to ensure sustainability for the organizations and for the area.”

Geopark Executive Director Manda Maggs says the idea to combine the two was prompted by suggestions from the Peace River Regional District, which has funded the organizations in the past.

“I know they’re keen to have us explore this, but both organizations have their own separate mandates, and their own separate memberships,” said Maggs of the regional district. “Right now we’re identifying what those advantages will be. There would obviously be some advantages, as we already work together closely.”

Since 2014, PRRD has granted $660,000 to the Geopark, and more than $1.3 million to the museum since 2013.

Both organizations appeared before the regional board on January 28, presenting year-in-reviews.

Written by Tom Summers, Local Journalism Initiative 

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