The Province of British Columbia will immediately provide $75,000 to the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC) to hire a social development coordinator, Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Community Development, announced today.

“When I met with the coalition working group in 100 Mile House last week, hiring a new Social Development Coordinator was identified as an urgent need,” said Lekstrom. “Today, the government is responding by announcing that we will provide the funding. This is a good first step in helping the region develop and take advantage of the lead time we have while I consider the full strategy.”

The coordinator will assist communities in the region to enhance social response capacity, leadership, and community resilience and to take maximum advantage of regional social assets and resources. The recommendation to hire a coordinator was part of the CCBAC’s mountain pine beetle mitigation strategy, and was included in the executive summary presented to Lekstrom on July 21.