$30 000 IN NEW FUNDING FOR MUSEUM FOUNDATION TECHNICIANS

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation was successful in acquiring funding from Services Canada?s Career Focus Program. The $29,994.00 granted from this program will be used to supplement the wages of two Museum Technicians for one year. These technicians have already been hired and are two recent university graduates: Jolene Styan is from Nanaimo and has a B.Sc. Hons in Earth and Ocean Science and Geography from UVic, while Talya Truant is from Prince George with a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Management (Wildlife and Fisheries) from UNBC. Both are interested in pursuing a career in Museum Sciences and the opportunities afforded by the Career Focus Program and the active and growing Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge will allow them to gain a wide array of valuable experiences in this field. The museum will also benefit greatly from the activities of the museum technicians and the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) is hoping for permanent provincial and federal funding to maintain these and other needed staff positions. The TRMF is currently waiting for word from Services Canada on a funding application to subsidize the wages for the summer students (Gallery Hosts, Tour Guides & Education Coordinators).