Wilson takes nomination
BC Liberals announced last weekend that Mathew Wilson has been acclaimed to run in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding during the May 2017 provincial election.
Raised in Pender Harbour, Wilson currently lives in Roberts Creek with his family. Employed by the federal government in the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Wilson works with BC first nations on natural resource-based economic development initiatives. According to the BC Liberals, Wilson’s focus for his election campaign will be on coastal economic development, affordable housing and transportation infrastructure.
Wilson’s father, Gordon, served as MLA for the riding between 1991 and 2001.
Province recognizes non-profit
To coincide with multiculturalism week in BC, November 13 to 19, the provincial government announced a $7,000 award to Powell River Diversity Initiative (PRDI) as part of its Organizing Against Racism and Hate program.
PRDI will use the funds to put on a cross-cultural communication strategies event with Powell River Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, December 1, at Tree Frog Bistro.
According to BC multiculturalism minister Teresa Wat, the province is providing a total of $217,000 to 33 groups through the program this year, part of the government’s $1.6- million commitment to encourage respect for multicultural heritage and promote community inclusion and racial harmony.
BC welcomes 40,000 new immigrants each year.