BIA plans gift-bag stuffing party to welcome First Nations elders

The Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association is honoured to be participating in the 40th Annual BC Elders Gathering.

  • Jun. 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

The Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association is honoured to be participating in the 40th Annual BC Elders Gathering coming to Williams Lake July 11-14, says Kate Lines, BIA office and events co-ordinator.

The BIA is inviting the whole community to join a party to help stuff gift bags for the elders who will be attending the gathering.

“The WLCBIA knows that stuffing the 4,000 gift bags for elders is a wonderful opportunity for the communities of Williams Lake to come together and show their support for a new Williams Lake — a Williams Lake where all people feel safe and welcome, and where all people have the support to access new partnerships and opportunities,” Lines said in the BIA’s invitation for the community to join the party.

The gift-bag stuffing party will take place in rink two at the Cariboo Memorial Complex on Saturday, July 9.

There are two sessions planned for the party. One will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch to be served at noon. The second session will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. with dinner served at 5 p.m.

People who wish to join the volunteers are asked to contact Lines at the WLCBIA office and events co-ordinator at

Invitations to participate in the gift-bag stuffing party have been sent out to First Nations leaders and community members, provincial and municipal politicians, community groups, RCMP, Thompson Rivers University, Chamber of Commerce, local media, event sponsors, the Elders Gathering planning team, along with everyone and anyone who wants to support partnership and friendship between First Nations and non-First Nations communities, Lines said.

She said Cariboo Prince George MP Todd Doherty, Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, Mayor Walt Cobb and several councillors have already confirmed that they will be participating in the gift-bag stuffing party.

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