Gwaii Trust looking for new office

  • Aug. 21, 2007 4:00 p.m.

The Gwaii Trust Society is looking around for new office space in Skidegate and Old Massett, says administrator Tanu Lusignan. “It’s fairly preliminary,” Mr. Lusignan said. “We’re looking for space and we’re going to start investigating costs.” The board is considering several options including renting space, building its own new offices, or leasing, he said. New offices would give the society more room for its archives and information and allow it to hold meetings in-house. The society is also considering a partnership with the new Gwaii Forest Fund to share office space, Mr. Lusignan said. The Gwaii Trust currently has two offices, a main office on Raven Avenue in Old Massett which it rents from the village council, and a small satellite office in the Skidegate Band Council’s complex beside the Gwaii Co-op. The trust’s eight directors are cautious about spending money on office buildings, Mr. Lusignan added: “The number one priority is to have money for projects.” The Gwaii Trust, formed in 1994, controls a fund currently worth approximately $77-million, and distributes the interest to a wide range of community projects on Haida Gwaii.