On March 29 & 30 Community Futures Development Corporation of Peace Liard hosted the First Annual Northern Women?s Symposium in Fort St. John BC. During the symposium thirteen Northeastern women were honored with an Aurora of Distinction. This Award recognized women who demonstrated one or more of the following qualities in their field:


-mentoring and supporting other women (in a work-related capacity) and encouraging professional growth -championing an idea -innovation -business achievement Categories include Agriculture, Construction, Education, Oil & gas, Mining, Forestry, Health & Social Services, Service, Tourism, Transportation, New Entrepreneur, Aboriginal Women of the Year, Business Women of the Year.

Community Futures is pleased to present the Aurora Award of Distinction in the field of Mining to Raelynn Johnson.

Raelynn Johnson is the chief operating officer for J8 Holdings Ltd. And owner of Grizzly Ridge Sand and Gravel. She helped establish these trucking businesses in Tumbler Ridge in 2004 after relocating from Beaverlodge, Alberta. Currently these two companies have five trucks with twelve employees that provide a coal hauling service to Western Canadian Coal, also of Tumbler Ridge. They are hauling 24/7, moving 720,239 tons of coal in 2005. As well, they have approximately 8 sub-contractors who provide hauling equipment and personal to maintain this very busy contract.

As a part of a community that is resource rich, J8 is looking to diversify their services to compliment the requested of the oil and gas sector. The outlook for this company is very positive and the demand for their service may soon outweigh their ability to remain a mid-size business in the future.