Port asks Gwaii Trust to spend its earnings

  • Oct. 26, 2005 9:00 a.m.

Gwaii Trust is being asked to distribute its interest earnings as open grants to the communities.
Councillor Paul Waring brought the matter before Port council October 3 and requested a letter be sent to the society and copied to other communities.
The letter, read at the Queen Charlotte Management Committee meeting last week, suggests Gwaii Trust distribute earnings as open grants for the communities, as well as increase the amounts available at the three existing grant deadlines.
Tanu Lusignan, administrator of the society, says last year an analysis of the fund was done, which ended with Gwaii Trust inserting an extra $1-million into the funding programs.
“This year we inserted an extra $500,000 to our commitment to the broadband project,” he says.
“I think we are distributing the money according to the issues and needs of the community,” he added.
The Gwaii Trust Society will be holding community consultation meetings at the end of November to discuss what works and doesn’t work in the minds of the public and what the next five years should look like for the society.
“That would be the ideal place for this sort of input,” said Ron McKee, Queen Charlotte Management committee member said at the meeting. He’s also on the board of Gwaii Trust.