At its May 30 Annual General Meeting, the Prince Rupert Port Authority donated more than $475,000 to community groups as a result of a near-quadrupling of the Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund.
The increased money in the Community Investment Fund came after the Port Authority realized record revenues in 2010. Among those receiving funds, the largest donation was to the Prince Rupert Marine Rescue Society, which received a cheque for $200,000 toward the replacement vessel for the Rainbow Responder. This donation brings the total up over $470,000 toward the goal of $518,000. Others receiving funds were:
– The District of Port Edward received $70,000 for allow for new landscaping ties, improved drainage, and re-surfacing of tennis courts at the Port Edward Community Playground.
– The Lester Centre of the Arts received $150,000 toward upgrading that includes a new roof, washrooms, stage lights, rehearsal and dressing rooms, and lobby seating.
– The Prince Rupert Library received $35,000 to contract the services of an architectural firm to review its existing facility and recommend modifications and renovations to accommodate an upgraded library.
– North Pacific Cannery received $20,000 to improve the cruise guest and visitor experience by adding to existing onsite signage.
– The Prince Rupert Fire Museum Society received a $4,000 donation as well to restore the interior and exterior of a 1948 4-door BC Police car, readying it for display at the museum