FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Hydro Partners doled out $44,000 to local charities on Tuesday for their 2021 holiday donation campaign.

Community Bridge received $10,000, which is the largest donation out of the 15 Peace region recipients.

The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, Salvation Army Food Bank, North Peace Kidsport, and the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library were each given $5,000. The rest of the non-profits received between a thousand to $3,000.

Jamie Bodnarchuk, with the PRHP, says the funds used for community investment come from the organization’s recycling program.

“The fact that we can use our recycling program to generate the dollars to give back to the community really is very fulfilling for us,” Bodnarchuk said.

“Fort St. John and the Peace region as a whole is a very unique community. Everyone here is invested and engaged. So it’s not like other communities in that sense. It’s very close-knit, and people here look out for each other,” Bodnarchuk continued.

At a gathering at the Site C viewpoint to distribute the donations, PRHP Equipment Operator Jeff Beatty spoke about the critical role charities played in his childhood.

“Charities were the building blocks of the foundation my mom needed to get on her feet. She left my abusive father and worked two jobs just to keep a roof over our heads. There was no money left for food, clothes, sports, or Christmas.” Beatty said.

We survived off hand-me-downs and without places like shelters and food banks I don’t know how we would have survived.”

PRHP has three core values that represent its pillars of donation and support, which are healthy families, children & youth, and education.

In order to be eligible for funding, charities must fall into one of those three pillars, be located in the Peace region and apply online at prhp.ca/community.

The Peace River Hydro Partners have donated $80,000 throughout the year to 21 different charities, groups, and programs, all located in the Peace region.

This year’s recipients for holiday donations are as follows:

$10,000

$5,000 – 

$1,000 – $3,000