Rugby Club Scholarship Fund

Paddy Harrington & the Kamloops Rugby Club have raised over $1300.00 for their Scholarship Fund! (pictured: Rugby Club representatives Paddy Harrington(left) & Brian Mackinnon(right), along with BCICF Executive Director Rob Miller (centre). Congratulations to the Rugby Club for all they do for education & recreation in our community!

Lillooet “At the Table” Workshop

BCICF Chair Hugh Fallis with Marianne & her team during our the recent visit to Lillooet on Sunday, November 4, 2018, for the “At the Table” Workshop.  Over 50 participants collaborated on identifying: Challenges, Causes and Potential Solutions to shared concerns among local/regional Not-For-Profit organizations in the District of Lillooet.

The Lillooet team identified their goals for the event as facilitation of better sharing of resources in the future, supporting capacity building in the non-profit sector, and better cooperation and communication between local organizations.  The BCICF was pleased to participate, share information about our granting protocols and provide some of the facilitation duties.  Congratulations to Marianne and her team for their leadership and vision!

Give Today, Grow Tomorrow

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Give Today, Grow Tomorrow Fundraising Dinner.  We are truly grateful for your support, and we hope everyone had a wonderful time.  Special Congratulations to Denise for winning the Rocky Mountaineer Trip!

Thank you to our wonderful community partners who provided amazing silent auction and bucket draw items.  We are truly grateful for all of your support.





Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts – Endowed Interest

Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts - Cheque Presentation

Pictured: Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts President Carol Edwards (right) and Vice-President Annette Glover accept the KFPA’s 2017 endowment income from BC Interior Community Foundation Executive Director Rob Miller.

Big Thanks to Annette Glover and Carol Edwards of Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts for coming out to accept their Endowment Interest Cheque. We truly appreciate your contribution to the Arts in our community.  This wonderful arts organization has been in Kamloops since 1930 and continues to play a key role in supporting the development and education of many performers in our community.

2018 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held on June 21, 2018, and was well attended with close to 40 supporters coming out to see the presentations of our Spring 2018 Small Grant Cheques, as well as Special Recognition for Service to the BCICF Awards.

Special thanks to Store Manager Neil Allkins, Produce Manager Darren Tibbs, and Cut Fruit Clerk Tim at Save On Foods #931 Sahali for their donation of Fruit and Vegetable Platters; we truly appreciate your support of our community.  Our appreciation also goes out to St. Andrew’s on the Square for providing an excellent venue and wonderful service from site manager Mel.

Our appreciation also goes out to Kathy Sinclair, Executive Director of the Kamloops Arts Council who spoke to our Members about the Crossing Bridges Arts Outreach Seniors Program, which received funding in 2017 from the BC Interior Community Foundation.  This wonderful program supports accessible arts workshops to seniors facing challenges such as isolation and loneliness, depression, anxiety, dementia, and physical health issues; Crossing Bridges Arts Program helps participants feel a sense of connection, provides them with opportunities for creative self-expression, socialization, and builds self-esteem.  Throughout the program, seniors can re-connect with the larger community by sharing their artwork with the public.

Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative (KELLI) Project Coordinator Maureen Doll also spoke about how the BC Interior Community Foundation funding that their organization received in 2016 went to support 3 community events in 2016/17.  KELLI uses their events to reach out to the community and increase awareness and availability of quality literacy enrichment activities and events for families with young children.  All events are available at no cost to participants.


Kirsten McDougall presented Special Member Recognition Awards in recognition of those who have volunteered years of service as both board and committee members.  Those who were present include Helen Barnett, Michael Black, George Campbell, Kathy Humphreys, Peter Olsen, Ross Parkin, Greg Reid, and Gail Winchman.  President Hugh Fallis also honoured Kirsten McDougall for her contributions to the BCICF.  Honoured but not able to attend were Terry Bepple, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Blair, Janet and Spence Bryson, Russ Chambers, Harriet Chave, Paddy Harrington, Hoverly Hove, Cameron Murray, and Colin Noble.

Big Thank You to everyone who attended!