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At Community Futures Fraser-Fort George we believe that dreams, passion and a willingness to take risks builds communities and businesses, now and into the future.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Fraser Fort-George region. Some businesses have found new ways to evolve and expand, and are doing better than ever! But many of us are struggling to adapt operations to the changing economic and health recommendations, maintain our regular clients and find it hard make ends meet.
Community Futures FFG has responded with the “Fraser-Fort George Outreach Program.” Over the next 12 months, this project will:
- Listen deeply to the small businesses and non-profits of the Fraser Fort George region
- Refer businesses & non-profits to programs, services and resources
- Collaborate with community partners and local businesses develop programs that will support our communities moving forward
- Amplify the voices and stories of the experiences and challenges of businesses and non-profits.
Regional Business Liaisons will be out in the communities to meet with local businesses and hear their stories. The information they gather will be analyzed and shared with community partners to begin a collaborative dialogue on how to support communities during and after the pandemic. Several Think Tanks and an Open Forum are planned for 2021 to share the information gathered with the public.
COVID-19 has changed our lives in the North. Let’s work together to make our region an even better place to live, work and play!
Amelia Merrick – Prince George
Amelia is originally a BC girl but has lived and worked around the world supporting communities. She joins us from the university of Toronto, where she was originally the Director of Director of Career and Experiential Learning and is completing her PhD. She also was the National Director for World Vision in Laos; working towards child well-being – things like improving education, maternal health and clean water.
Amelia believes we all thrive when our communities flourish. She loves that this project is using the real stories of our community members to figure out how we can make Prince George a better place to work, live and play. She is excited to work on this project because she is hopeful that with more data and stories, we can influence key stakeholders to consider the experiences of Northern communities when they make decisions.
Shona Thorne – Robson Valley
An avid environmental steward, Shona Thorne joined Community Futures Fraser Fort George to facilitate the Robson Valley Agriculture Expansion and Regional Business Liaison outreach positions in June 2020, and is committed to developing resilient communities within sustainable and biodiverse ecosystems. With a commitment to rural communities and a diverse background of culture and home Shona’s experience revolves around education, business development, and operations management in a variety of countries.
Previous roles range from Zimbabwe Professional Safari Guide, English Language teacher, rafting and interpretive guide and business development officer round the world, to continued education coordinator, community outreach, and finance and operations supervisor for not-for-profits in Valemount, BC. Shona brings a wealth of knowledge and skills and a life long love of learning to Community Futures and is excited to continue to build strong and vibrant communities in the Robson Valley.
Jesse Wright – Mackenzie
As the Regional Business Liaison for Mackenzie, Jesse reaches out to businesses and organizations and has conversations about how COVID-19 changed their lives. He provides resources to help people overcome the challenges COVID-19 has presented to their organizations and their lives. Jesse has an honours degree in Political Studies, with an emphasis on Law and Policy, from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from York University. Originally from Peterborough, Ontario Jesse moved to Prince George in April 2019 as a classroom teacher with School District 57. He made the move up to Mackenzie for the 2019-2020 school year, teaching Grade 6 at Morfee Elementary. Jesse still teaches part time in Mackenzie when not working with Community Futures. He has embraced the Mackenzie community and wants to make sure the unique stories of Mackenzie get heard and represented.