Craig Kosolowsky presented Museum Foundation Secretary Carolyn Golightly with a $2000 cheque on Wednesday, May 26, to purchase equipment for the new Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge. Kosolwosky is the BC Hydro?s Field Services Manager in Chetwynd.

Following a request made in February to Dayle Hoppe, Corporate Donations – Northern Region, BC Hydro notified the TRMF that $2000 would be allocated to purchase microscopes and other lab equipment for use in the centre, where fossils will be prepared and eventually displayed.

On Tuesday, the TRMF signed the contract with Community Futures, agent of Western Diversification, for $163,650 in federal funding from the Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative (SICEAI) to which the TRMF applied for funding in June 2003.Funding will be used to establish the PRPRC with tools and equipment to advance the palaeontological discoveries in Tumbler Ridge and throughout the BC Peace.

The TRMF is required to contribute 10% of the overall $327,000 budget, and fundraise the remaining 40%, or approximately $130,000. As a registered charity, the Museum Foundation provides tax receipts for donations.

Contributions such as this one from BC Hydro – and $3000 recently received by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd – move the project one step further toward its goal, which is to provide a centre for scientific excellence in the study and preservation of prehistoric specimens from northern BC.