$50 000 FOR MUSEUM FOUNDATION FROM NORTH PEACE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Dan Davies, Chair of the North Peace Economic Development Commission, presented the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation with a cheque for $50 000 on Sunday May 3rd. This followed a presentation to the Commission in January by Rich McCrea, Curator of the Museum?s Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, supported by Tumbler Ridge Mayor Larry White and Councillor Kelly McManus. It also follows a similar and matching donation by the South Peace Economic Development Commission in the spring of 2008. These most welcome funds will go to the further renovation and improvement of the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery and Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, situated in what used to be the Claude Galibois school. The significance of this generous support for Tumbler Ridge cannot be emphasized enough: it represents acknowledgement of the importance of the palaeontological work being done here for the entire region, not just for the benefit of Tumbler Ridge. It will also provide vital leverage in forthcoming proposals to the provincial government for appropriate levels of support. The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, still under development, will be open for visitors from 15 May, 2009, pending the official opening in May 2010.