Northern Lights College Foundation changes executive

DAWSON CREEK, BC – At the recent annual general meeting of the Northern Lights College Foundation, the Foundation Board installed a new president and vice-president.

Shona Nelson, incoming president and former NLC Board vice-president, credited Jane Valair, outgoing president, as a motivating factor in her own dedication to the Board.

“My work with the NLC Foundation has been very rewarding. Working with committed people like the late Paul Dampier and past president Jane Valair has strengthened my commitment to the Foundation, ” said Nelson.

Vice-president since 2001, Shona Nelson looks forward to her new role as president. A long-time resident of the Fort St. John area, Nelson began her post-secondary education at Northern Lights College. After completing her degree in Political Science at UBC in 1995, she returned to Fort St. John. Having been a recipient of student awards, Nelson knows first hand how important the NLC Foundation is to students.

“The funds I received while at university afforded me the option of spending more time on my studies rather than working part time off campus to cover my basic living expenses. As a result my grades improved and my University experience was enriched,” says Nelson. “I have always wanted to give back to the alumni who supported me. I choose to do so by making donations to UBC Arts, and making a commitment towards the NLC Foundation for local students in Northeast BC.”

Incoming vice-president, Bruce Lantz, also has a history of giving back to the community in which he lives. A regular Board member of the Foundation for the past two years, Lantz has served on many other local volunteer agencies as well, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Literacy Society and the Rotary Club. He is currently the publisher-editor of the new regional newspaper, Northeast Weekly, which is delivered free to every household from the Yukon border to Tumbler Ridge. Originally from Nova Scotia, Lantz has lived in Fort St. John for more than eight years.

“I believe in the power of education and appreciate the work of the Foundation, which serves to make that education more accessible for all,” says Lantz. “After two years on the Board, I have been impressed with the commitment of both staff and the other Board members, and I look forward to serving as vice-president.”

Ongoing Board members include treasurer George Slowinski, regular Board members Margot Owens, Danny Schilds, Brian Sumbot and Northern Lights College Board appointed members Janet McNaughton and Patricia Smith.

With assets exceeding $1.8 million, the Foundation provided awards to 288 students in the 2002/2003 school year. For more information on the NLC Foundation, please contact Donna Kane, executive director, by email at, or phone 250 784-7613.