PRINCE GEORGE - The Tabor Mountain Recreation Society oversees more than 400 kilometres of trails in 34,000 hectares of land. Its activities have grown exponentially in recent years. In 2011, the Society logged a thousand volunteer hours. That has now climbed to 15,000 volunteer hours. But, the day-to-day operations are run off the corner of the desk, again by a volunteer. That's why the Society is looking to secure some gaming grant to hire a full-time executive director.
"It's just so much work for volunteers to do on a regular basis, particularly if they have families and they're working on a regular basis," says Ken Hodges, the volunteer Executive Director. "We need somebody to be there full-time."
Currently, the Society leans on the Regional District of Fraser Fort George for some help.
"The Regional District assisted them with the Rural Development Fund application," says Board Chair Art Kaehn. "We've provided a very small amount of administrative support. But they've been working off the side of the desk and with the application to the Gaming Commission, they're hoping to fund a full-time executive assistant and get the work off the edge of the desk and into the middle of the desk."
The regional district has also provided a letter of support for the application for Community Gaming grant funds. That application has to be in by the end of August.
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