Tracey McBride // Tourism Prince George Close your eyes and think about the home office! For the lucky ones, it could be a spare room they converted to a work space with a desk, and a door that closes. But the alternatives? Perhaps the dining room table is doing double duty as a desk. Or you have to spread out on the couch. Maybe it’s a portable table set up in the basement. Then there are the distractions. The kids not understanding that you are actually working and it can’t be play time all day. The dogs losing their minds
Christina Doll // City of Prince George Provincial bans on dining in at restaurants until April 19th came with a slight silver lining for local restaurants, pubs, and cafes: dine-in service is still permitted on patios. While this is welcome news for our neighbours to the south where spring has truly arrived, it still feels a bit like winter in Prince George. But true to our community spirit, the owners and managers of our many amazing food service establishments are rolling up their sleeves, putting their heads together, and figuring out how to open their patios earlier than normal. To
Tracey McBride // Tourism Prince George Destinations around the world compete for your visitation and the economic, social, and community benefits that go with it. During the pandemic, the global tourism industry flatlined and it went from being one of the fastest growing industries and major economic sectors in the world to losing revenues of up to $1.2 trillion in 2020 with over 100 million jobs at risk. Women make up 54% of the tourism workforce, and youth workers are among the most at-risk categories. Some sectors like the airline industry have experienced up to 98% losses in demand and
Bobbi Carpino // Women’s Enterprise Centre As Prince George’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Women’s Enterprise Centre, I’m excited to be joining the celebrations for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. This year’s theme is looking at challenging norms so we can achieve a more inclusive and equal future. After all, women in business are driving change in our community and beyond! Here are a few areas in which some incredible process has been made for and by female entrepreneurs: ● Women are exporting more than ever! The share of women entrepreneurs that export increased from 5.9% in 2007 to
Chrisie Berry // Prince George Airport Authority Who buys a house during a pandemic? Apparently, we do. Trading in vacation plans for housing hunting The original plan for 2020 was to go to Disney World in September; however, the universe had other plans for us. When it became obvious that a trip to Orlando in the fall was not going to be an option, we switched gears and used our holiday savings as a basis for a down payment on a house. We were unsure what house hunting during a pandemic would look like but were up for the adventure.
Mindy Stroet // Prince George Community Foundation The Prince George Community Foundation is hosting “Prince George Live!” to boost community spirit while raising money to go back into the community in recognition of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. The event will feature local entertainers and artists and celebrate some community initiatives from the past year. Last year the Foundation granted over $850,000 back into the community and region but there is still work to do! What to expect from the event and how to donate ‘Prince George Live!’ will be broadcast to the public free of charge via CKPG-TV, online at
Tamara Shaw // Work BC My stomach drops. “Kick her in the head” is clearly heard on the video depicting a teenager’s beating by two classmates in the Lower Mainland mid-January, 2021. The teen attacked in the video is open in her transgender identity and has reported bullying since the beginning of the school year. How can this be happening in today’s day and age, I ask myself. Jane Gauthier, Community Development Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC, agrees and reminds me of the timeliness of the Pink Shirt campaign to raise awareness about the causes of
Christina Doll // City of Prince George Local businesses are stepping up this Valentine’s day to offer you options for celebrating the day of love from the comfort of your home in addition to regular date-day or night-out options. Whether you’re spending the day with your special someone or treating yourself to a little self-care, there are plenty of choices for making this Valentine’s Day a special one. Skip the prep and order a delicious meal to enjoy at home If you want to treat your love or yourself to a tasty Valentine’s Day inspired meal but want to skip
Photo credit: City of Prince George Colleen Van Mook // Downtown PG This time last year we were watching the weather… hoping for snow and ideal weather conditions for a day of winter fun in Downtown Prince George. Our partners at Ness Lake Bible Camp were watching and clearing ice on the lake to make sure that we had the best ice in town to build our ice slide and ice throne. The City of Prince George was checking out the snow scene in our local parks to make sure they could haul in fresh and clean snow for the
Mary Lu Spagrud // Canadian Mental Health Association – Prince George/Quesnel Branch Have you ever noticed how different you feel on a warm sunny day? How about when it’s cold, snowy here in PG? Does it change how you feel then? Everyone’s mood can be affected by the weather. It impacts what we wear, how we feel physically, emotionally and even how we behave. But when the seasons change, bringing changes in the weather, temperature and length of day, some people can be quite impacted by this. The seasonal changes can affect their entire sense of well-being. If we aren’t
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