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Nomination deadline is October 24, 2016 

The awards will be given in four categories; Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the year and Youth of the Year. This is a great chance to recognize some of the people, groups or businesses that have made an impact in our community. 


Community Awards


October 17, 2016 Council Meeting

A Public Hearing and Regular Council Meeting will be held Monday October 17, 2016 and will include: 

  • Letter from Mike Palecek, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (September 7, 2016) re: Another Opportunity to Have Your Say in Canada Post Review.

  • Email from Liz Gustafson, Congress Coordinator, Peace Country Beef Congress re: Peace Country Beef Congress Sponsorship Request.


Press Release

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2016



FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The cities of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek may begin negotiations to host the 2017 World Under -17 Hockey Challenge.  Fort St. John’s participation is pending anticipated approval by City Council at the October 11th Council meeting.  In the coming weeks staff from both cities and Hockey Canada will work through the negotiations with the anticipation that the event will take place  in the Peace Region in 2017.

The two cities successfully co-hosted the event in 2015.  With sellout crowds and an amazing gold medal win by Team Canada White, the event was a tremendous success.  The combined economic activity generated by the event was $5.9 million in the province, with $2.7 million occurring in Dawson Creek and $1.2 million in Fort St. John. The net profit of the event to each City was $59,449. Each City provided funds back to their community organizations to support local sports teams and culture.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman stated “Our community enjoyed the economic benefits from this event last year but just as importantly it was a very exciting chance for our own young players and officials to have access to some hockey development opportunities.”

“I am so excited about the potential to host this prestigious event again in the Peace region which reaffirms our collective event hosting ability to achieve amazing results for our businesses and for the enjoyment of our citizens.   The City of Dawson Creek and the City of Fort St. John look forward to working with Hockey Canada to deliver, once again, a high caliber, well run event,” stated Mayor Dale Bumstead, City of Dawson Creek.

More details about the event and the opportunities for community involvement will before forthcoming once negotiations are finalized.



Wally Ferris, General Manager, Community Services,                               

City of Fort St. John                                                                              250-794-3272


Jim Chute, Chief Administrative Officer

City of Dawson Creek




Press Release

Water Treatment Plant Funding Approved

Government of Canada Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

For Immediate Release

September 30, 2016

The Government of Canada and the Province of BC announced today that more than $450 million has been made available for projects across the province through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.  We are very excited to announce that the City of Dawson Creek Water Treatment Plant Upgrades scheduled for 2017 has been identified as one of the 35 initial projects approved.  This will provide the City with over $3.7 million towards the project. 

“The strength of our community is building core infrastructure”, says Mayor Bumstead. “This partnership with the Provincial and Federal governments is a huge benefit to the residents of Dawson Creek and to the rural areas that access potable water from our system.” 

Completion of this project will allow the City to treat approximately 8000 cubic meters of water per day more than is currently possible, minimizing the current stress on the City’s system and providing opportunity for future growth.   

Government of Canada News Release


For further information please contact:

Mayor Dale Bumstead                                    Jim Chute, Chief Administrative Officer

250.784.3616                                                  250.784.3613

Regular Meeting of Council October 3, 2016

A Public Consultation, a Public Hearing and Regular Council Meeting will be held Monday, October 3, 2016 and will include:

  • Email from Hilary Crowley, Physiotherapists for Northern Communities (September 9, 2016) re: Request for Support – Northern Physiotherapy Program.

  • Tina Hill, Deb Watt and delegation, Ministry of Children & Family Development in attendance re: Foster Family Month Proclamation.

  • Jay Morrison, Spectra Energy in attendance re: Spectra Energy Operations and Expansion Project Update.