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Several dog walkers and runners were out on the lagoon in Harrison on Monday morning, taking advantage of the mild December day. Environment Canada is expecting a warm week for Agassiz and Harrison, with temperatures as high as 7 C, with rain, for New Year’s Day.

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Local rescue crew members left their turkey dinners for what seems to be a wild goose chase on Christmas Day, after a series of flares was reportedly set off in Hemlock Valley. Kent Harrison Search and Rescue was paged out at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day to help locate the source of three flares being set off at Hemlock Valley Resort. The flares had been seen by a local resident who gave a very detailed account of what he saw, said Marvin Anderson, president of KHSAR. The information prompted a search of the southern portion of the ski area which was not yet open for the season. Six Kent Harrison SAR members and four Hope SAR members with two snowmobiles searched the area where the flares were sighted, with no results. The search was suspended at 11

p.m. pending further investigation by RCMP. The following days's weather did not allow for an air search, so SAR members returned to continue searching on ground, in daylight. They called the search off at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, after no one was reported missing and no further evidence was obtained.

Calls on rise The Kent Harrison Search and Rescue team has responded to 48 incidents so far in 2013, marking a 20 per cent increase over the past four years. That number is still lower than the all-time high of 60, set in 2007. There are 25 members, with two new members in training. On Dec. 18, three members were recognized for their commitment to the team. Anderson presented long service awards to Dan and Rita Bruneski for 20 years of service, and Jayson Gill for five years.

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The Agassiz Harrison Community Services Thrift Store will be transformed into a self-supporting community hub as part of a work experience and training program funded by the B.C. government. In addition to helping Agassiz Harrison Community Services with renovations, two people will also get up to a year of valuable work experience and skills enhancement in the areas of interior design, project management, retail management, volunteer management and marketing. “These days, getting work experience and developing new skills is more valuable than ever,” said Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope. “This project not only helps two people gain the skills they need to secure a quality job, it also transforms the thrift store into a hub where people can get together and connect as a community.” The B.C. government’s Partnership and Innovation Fund is providing $25,938 with the balance of the $47,307 project coming from cash and in-kind donations from other sources. The project is being funded as part of the Job Creation Partnership stream of the Community and Employer Partnership program, a component of the Employment Program of B.C.

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MLA Laurie Throness met with members of the Agassiz Harrison Community Services its thrift shop last week, to announce a new work experience training program.

The top baby names for B.C. parents in 2012 were Olivia and Ethan. Those choices replaced the 2011 top parent picks, Liam and Emma, which both fell to second place. The most popular picks are compiled by the B.C. Vital Statistics Agency, which registered 44,270 births in the province in 2012. That's a slight increase from 43,991 in 2011. The most popular five girl names were Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Emily and Ava. The top boy names for 2012 were Ethan, Liam, Lucas, Mason and Logan. The influence of popular culture shows up in baby names each year. In 2012 there were 71 babies named Justin, 70 named Taylor, 35 named Khloe and 30 named Bella. The agency has posted a full list of B.C. baby names at www.vs.gov.bc.ca/babynames/baby2012. html that includes all names chosen five times or more during the year.

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Pot and pipelines: 2013 B.C. news quiz Do you have a nose for news? Maybe you're an armchair pundit? The staff at Black Press has created the following quiz, highlighting the news from around the province over the last year. Answers are below. 1. When Premier Christy Clark took the stage after her upset election win May 14, the first thing she said was: A: I'm going to Disneyland! B: Well, that was easy! C: Oh no, now I have to pay off the debt! D: Socialism is dead!

6. Which of the following wasn't proposed in B.C.'s liquor law review? A: Licensing alcohol sales at farmers' markets B: Letting children into pubs with their parents C: Serving alcohol for slot players on BC Ferries D: Selling hard liquor in grocery stores

9. What's the transportation ministry's solution to prevent the new Port Mann Bridge from dropping more ice bombs onto cars? A. A system of scrapers and brushes along each cable to remove ice B. Aerial drones that spray the cables with deicing solution C. A flock of seagulls trained to peck loose ice chunks D. Closing the bridge and waiting for ice to melt

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B. Past use of marijuana C. Past conviction for impaired driving C. Past or present membership in the NDP

2. How many proposed liquefied natural gas export proposals are there on the B.C. coast, according to the premier's latest estimate? A: four B: six C: eight D: ten 3. After winning $25 million in the lottery, Terrace construction worker Bob Erb gave sixfigure donations to: A. Local anti-poverty and other community groups B. Pay for $300,000 in dental work for locals who couldn't afford it C. Provide cars and trucks for people he considered needy D. Sensible BC marijuana legalization campaign E. All of the above 4. How has the province said it would raise money to pay for a promised new bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel? A. Tax increases B. Toll like the Port Mann Bridge C. Small tolls on all Metro Vancouver bridges and major roads D. It hasn't 5. What admission to U.S. border guards did some B.C. residents find can be deemed a "crime of moral turpitude" and result in America barring your entry? A. Atheism

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A Year in Review - 2013 As we move forward into another year, this week and last The Observer has been looking back on what made the news in 2013. Today, we highlight some of the photographs and headlines we ran from July to December.

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• The Upper Fraser Valley hit record highs with temperatures in the mid-30s. At the Agassiz Canada Day celebrations, children cooled off with the help of the fire department. • The Agassiz Centre for Education alternate program expanded to include a Harrison campus, at the Harrison Beach Hotel. This was to allow seniors who can’t travel often to meet with a teacher close to home. • The annual Terry Fox Run moved from Harrison Hot Springs to Agassiz, with new organizers at the helm. The event will continue in Agassiz in 2014. Watch this newspaper and www.terryfox.org for details. •  It was July when it was confirmed that Hollywood had come knocking on the District of Kent’s door. By Labour Day weekend, Pioneer Ave. was almost completely transformed into the fictional town of Wayward Pines, ID, the backdrop for a M. Night Shyamalan television series starring Matt Dillon and featuring several other wellknown actors. The filming will continue into at least February 2014, periodically, so keep your eyes open for Hollywood notables. The filming is expected to bring about $1 million in revenue to the local community by the time the production leaves, through payments to the District, to local businesses, labour costs and services such as food and hotels. • The 35th annual Harrison Festival of the Arts featured many of Ed and Phyllis Stenson’s

favourite acts – a sort of goodbye tribute to the couple who devoted the past few decades to making sure the festival was a growing success. They retired from running the Harrison Festival Society following the festival in July, but not before hiring their own replacements, Mel Dunster and Andy Hillhouse. • A family was hit by a vehicle at the end of Hot Springs Road at Es-

• Gene and Sandy Ralston arrived in Harrison to help search for missing camper Raymond Salmen with their specialized boat and sonar system. His body was never found and he’s presumed drowned in Harrison Lake.

August • The entrance to Harrison Hot Springs received a fresh new look

toimmune disease that affects 1 in 1,000 Canadians. • The safety of the railway crossings at Evergreen Drive (at the museum) in Agassiz came to light after a woman’s scooter got stuck with just moments to spare before a train came by. She was lifted to safety, a complaint was made to rail officials, and the deep grooves in the track were repaired in the fall to allow for eas-

Instructor Course at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. • Volunteers at the Agassiz Speedway were devastated to find the track vandalized and robbed of any reachable metal and wires. The metal thieves caused more than $10,000 in damages. • Fisheries officers doubled their patrols on the lower Fraser River, saying that most illegal fishing activity was happening between Surrey and Spuzzum, with poaching hot spots near Agassiz, Chilliwack and the Fraser Canyon.

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A family of bears were caught dining on local poultry this summer, causing a bit of fear in the local area and reminding homeowners to secure their garbage and livestock.

planade, in the middle of a beach concert at the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Three of the four family members were injured, and countless witnesses were reportedly traumatized when an SUV drove over a stopped car, became airborne and landed in the Village’s concrete plaza. • A family of bears got a bit closer than some residents were comfortable with in Agassiz in July. The bears got into the chicken coops and made themselves at home at a few farms along Tranmer Road, sparking reminders to keep yards, homes and coops as bear proof as possible.

in August, along with a new photo op for visitors. The new sasquatch carving at the Village entrance has proven to be quite popular, and tourists are often seen stopping to pose with this life-sized, relaxed mythical creature. • A health warning was put in place at the Harrison lagoon in July, but was announced safe again in early August. In the meantime, swimmers were advised to keep out of the lagoon water. • Dozens of people showed up to support the first Do it For Lupus walk in Sts’ailes. Several members of the Sts’ailes band have lupus, an au-

ier crossing by those on small-wheeled vehicles. • A forest fire threatened homes and cut off Rockwell Drive in midAugust, with dramatic flames and smoke visible from the beachfront. Luckily, the B.C. Forest Service was in the area extinguishing some small fires and was able to respond quickly, dropping red retardant in several swaths across the fire. Without the quick response, fire officials said the damage would have been far reaching. • Cadet Isaiah Robinson earned the Lieutenant-General J.E. Vance Award for being the top cadet in his Expedition

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• The official ground breaking was held for the new Community Recreation and Cultural Centre, to be completed in 2014. The $2.5 million project has been partially funded by the government, and partially through a vigorous fundraising campaign. The expansion of the Fitness/Activity Centre is thanks to burgeoning support for the centre, and increasing numbers of users. Watch for information on a fundraiser coming up in February to support the project. • After living with a tumor in her brain for much of her short life, Lilee-Jean Whittle-Putt passed away. Her story had been in the media from the time she was diagnosed, and thousands of dollars have been raised in her name for B.C. Children’s Hospital. LJ’s father grew up in Agassiz, and many of her relatives live here. To donate in LJ’s honour, visit loveforlilee. com.


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Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz has undergone a long-term metamorphosis into Wayward Pines, ID for the filming of a television show starring Matt Dillon and M. Night Shyamalan, both pictured right. Filming is expected to bring about $1 million into Agassiz, and should wrap up around February 2014.

• The District of Kent began discussing how to deal with the expected influx of medical marijuana growers on farmland, once a new Canada-wide program takes effect in April 1, 2014. Near the end of this year, they voted to create a special zone for the large-scale medical marijuana operations that will be allowed at that time. Each operation would have to go through a lengthy approval process that would include a public hearing. • A large group of residents held a peaceful protest at Seabird Island, angry with chief and council for increases to rent and lowered living quality. Chief Clem Seymour said that the increases were necessary to make the improvements to the housing on reserve, and that housing costs were still below rental prices off reserve. • A new air quality monitoring station was placed on top of the District of Kent’s municipal hall in June, and in September, council received a report about the early findings. Readouts from the station are available through metrovancouver.org.

October • Harrison Mills held a special day to help fundraise for a Destination BC grant, to help promote the area as a viable tourism destination. • The Berezan Group laid out its 55-year Hemlock expansion plan at a public open house. Plans include

adding to the lifts, and growing over the mountain toward Harrison Lake’s western shore. An agreement could be signed between Berezan and the province in 2014. • Entertainment was alive and well in Agassiz, when Jimmy’s Pub took a chance and began bringing in comedians, beginning with Simon King. The idea was well received by locals, and will continue into the new year. • An Agassiz couple that was previously unknown to local police were caught with more than $70,000 at a North Dakota border crossing. The money was admittedly the direct proceeds of a marijuana sale and the couple is currently being detained in a U.S. prison awaiting their sentencing on Jan. 23. • Nine grow ops were busted in Harrison Mills in 24 hours, after one of them was found accidentally by RCMP. • Agassiz Christian School celebrated 50 years of serving the community. • The District of Kent earned a Five Bloom Award from the Communities in Bloom program. • Prisoners at both Kent and Mountain went on strike, in protest of cost cutting measures that leave them unable to send money to their families, double bunking, and overcrowding. • The Agassiz United Church celebrated 110 years of service. • The mayor of Agassiz called for a review of several DCC missteps that led to about $400,000 never being

collected as per the bylaw of the day. The bylaw has since been scrapped. However, when the item came back to council at the following meeting, council voted down the mayor’s suggestion of a review, which would have cost about $15,000.

November • New ‘vicinity’ buses were introduced to the Agassiz Harrison bus line, one of the best used transit lines in the province. The buses hold more people, and it’s hoped that they will encourage even more people to use the transit service. • The parliamentary Black Rod made an appearance at Seabird elementary. It will be used when parliament opens and has been remade to include First Nations representation. • The District of Kent voted unanimously to move their accounts from Agassiz’s only financial institution, Prospera Credit Union, to Envision Financial. The move could save the District up to $50,000 a year. • Three homes were lost to a fast-spreading fire in Hemlock Valley. • Popkum Fire Chief Rick Herfst retired after serving the area for 28 years. • Businesses reported being mostly satisfied with how well the shooting of Wayward Pines has gone to date. The survey was managed by the District of Kent. • The province once again has proposed delegating the Har-

rison Mills river ways as a Wildlife Management Area. The 45-day period to comment has now closed (Dec. 21). The results will be used by the province to make its decision later this year. • Harrison area UFV student Theresa Coates traveled to Asia with the premier on a trade mission.

December • Helen Chernoff Freeman published her first book, Girl #85 – A Doukhobor Childhood. She held her first book signing at the Agassiz Harrison Museum with a large turnout of supporters. Continued on 7

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TV series is the story of the year Welcome to Wayward Pines. What started out as a rumour has come to change the face of Agassiz in very short time. And in doing so, that rumour turned reality has become the story of the year. Sure, we've tried to play the role of Joe Cool while working amid the set and rubbing elbows with superstars over here on Pioneer Ave. But as time marches on, and the reality of the filming of Wayward Pines settles in, it's become increasingly difficult. We watch from our front porch as Hollywood heavyweights work their magic and hone their craft. It's entertainment at its finest, and sometimes feels like stalking. But the truth is, this is a really big deal. Many movie fans waited patiently for the arrival of Matt Dillon, M. Night Shyamalan, Carla Gugino and more on our tiny little street. We visited the IMDB website daily for updates on who's who in the production, and were delighted as names were slowly but surely added to the list.

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But this whole story goes much deeper than a Hollywood cast visiting rural B.C. There is money in the movie business, and that money is more than welcome here in Agassiz. While there were some initial, well-raised questions about access to businesses during filming, changes to bus routes, payments for building amendments and the such, there were also quick answers. A survey in the fall revealed that indeed, most are very happy with their dealings with the production company. Finally, when the red carpet is rolled up this spring, the entire production is expected to have pumped about $1 million into our local economy. And once they leave, there will be money to repair whatever damage has been done to Pioneer Park. It will be restored, if not improved, when the shooting has completed. While we're looking forward to having our park back for the summer, let's enjoy the temporary Hollywood view.

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A hopeless wish list for 2014 B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – Here are a few things I’d like to see in B.C. political life in the coming year, but won’t. An orderly schedule of legislature sittings, one in the spring and one in the fall. I canvassed this topic with Premier Christy Clark in our year-end interview, and got the usual runaround about how it’s always been optional since old Gordon what’s-his-name set the schedule of sittings and elections more than a decade ago. Spring is for the budget and MLAs sit in the fall if they need to discuss legislation. They need to all right, but what governments want to do is ram it through as fast as they

can, so that’s what they do. The last couple of years of this have been a sham worthy of a South American banana republic, with three chambers running simultaneously and opposition members trying to prepare as they run down the hallways. It leads to mistakes in new laws and adds to the public’s cynicism about the whole business, but it gets things done with minimum exposure of the government to criticism. Stephen Harper would approve. A political debate about real issues, rather than just a competition to score points in an endless election campaign. I appreciate that this is hopelessly naive, but setting aside enough time to consider issues could, at least in theory, lead to that happening occasionally. Certainly the hastily staged mock combat of our legislature today isn’t winning new friends for any political party. The main

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growth area today is people who have given up on the whole thing. An opposition with ideas. The B.C. NDP will have another leadership contest in 2014, and they’d better bring more modern policy to the table than they had

“Certainly the hastily staged mock combat of our legislature today isn’t winning new friends for any political party.” in the last one. Remember the big issues in that pillow-fight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic carrots into the hospital food. Forest industry? A job protection commissar to force the mills to stay open. Resource development? They’re for it, unless you’re against it.

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Year in Review

We will continue to be open 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday thru Friday during the filming of the Wayward Pines TV series (until Feb. 2014). Give yourself a little time to maneuver around our office as we are part of the set occasionally.

The Kristy Hatt Swim Meet is just one of several sporting events that took place this year. The annual meet is one of the most popular on the swimming circuit.

2013 was a year to remember From 5

New ‘vicinity’ buses were brought into the Agassiz Harrison transit line in November, to help deal with a burgeoning number of users on the popular route.

• The Village of Harrison renew their agreements with both their bylaw officer and Murray’s Janitorial for the next three years. • The Youth Inclusion Program debuted a short feature film titled Night of the Crash, at the Cottonwood Theatre in Chilliwack. The movie starred and was written by youth involved in the program. • An Agassiz family lost their home just two weeks before Christmas. No one was injured in the fire, and the community jumped to support the family of six, offering them clothing, money, gift cards and a home.

• Kilby residents presented a petition to council to ask for a ban on shooting. Council responded that farm-

ers have a right to hunt their land. Watch for a follow up story to this issue in next week’s Observer.

EDITORIAL: Jessica • 604-796-4302 news@ahobserver.com ADVERTISING: Chris • 604-796-4301 ads@ ahobserver.com CLASSIFIEDS: Sarah • 604-796-4300 classified@ahobserver.com

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Palmer involved in search in Australia From 1

rescue equipment including helmets, harnesses, lights, dry suits and vests. Thirty five of the 82 volunteer SAR groups in BC shared over $1.5M in the grant program, with an additional $250,000 awarded to the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association.

Down under Team member Adam Palmer recently returned from a search in southern Australia and gave the team a presentation of his experiences ‘down under’. Team members

were intrigued by the topography of the search area and related the scenario to how a similar incident would be conducted in British Columbia. Palmer was part of a 15-member contingent of B.C. SAR volunteers who travelled to Australia, with all expenses paid for by the family of the missing Ontario man. Unfortunately the subject was never found. To find out more about Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, visit their web site at www. khsar.com. To find out more about search and rescue in British Columbia, visit the BC SAR Association web site at www.bcsara.com.

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Community Corner

January Janu u 2013

Local Groups & Activities

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Agassiz Al-Anon - Is someone’s Agassiz Harrison Community drinking affecting you? FMI call Shirley Driv ers Program- A community 604-796-9865 or Anne 604-793-3103 based volunteer driver program Agassiz Elks Lounge 1824 #9 Hwy, providing rides to all local, Fraser open daily 3pm till closing. Everyone Valley & Lower Mainland medical welcome appointments & other personal servi ces. Always looking for Agassiz-Harrison Garden Club more drivers. Call 604-798-6228 meets the second Weds. of each month from Oct-July in the foyer of the Ag Hall agh arco mm driv ers@ outl ook .com at 7:30 pm. FMI 604-796-3291 or 604- 7046 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz 796-2423 Agassiz Harrison Senior Peer Sup port - Knit & Natter Group: We Agassiz-Harrison Lions Thurs. at mee t every Thursday at Dogwood the Ag Recreation Centre in Agassiz. Man or on Morrow Rd., Agassiz. FMI call Ettie 604-819-6822 Everyone welcome. Call Eunice 604Agassiz Kids At The Cross - Westie 796-984 Army Cadets Training at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 228 - 344 Knitting/Crochet Sisters Group - Projects for worthy causes. Fort Street Hope 6:30 pm - 9 pm. Contact Alice 604-796-3060 or email Hope Christian Women’s Club agisborne@shaw.ca Brunch - Free nursery by reservation as well. For info & reservations call Raye 604-869-5420

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YOUR COMMUNITY YOUR CLASSIFIEDS Phone: 604.796.4300 Toll Free: 1.866.865.4460 email: classified@ahobserver.com

INDEX IN BRIEF FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS ...............1-8 COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS ...9-57

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OBITUARIES

bcclassified.com EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION

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HELP WANTED

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TRADES, TECHNICAL

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109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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It is agreed by any Display or Classified Advertiser requesting space that the liability of the paper in the event of failure to publish an advertisement shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for that portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect item only, and that there shall be no liability in any event beyond the amount paid for such advertisement. The publisher shall not be liable for slight changes for typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. bcclassified.com cannot be responsible for errors after the first day of publication of any advertisement. Notice of errors on the first day should immediately be called to the attention of the Classified Department to be corrected for the following edition. bcclassified.com reserves the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the bcclassified.com Box Reply Service and to repay the customer the sum paid for the advertisement and box rental.

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Van Kam’s group of companies req. Highway linehaul owner operators & company drivers based in our Surrey terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain driving experience/training. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package. $3500 Signing BONUS for Owner Operators To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract and details of your truck to: careers@vankam.com or Call Bev, 604-968-5488 or Fax: 604-587-9889 Only those of interest will be contacted. Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

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Seabird Island Band Employment Opportunity Position Title: Director of Corporate Affairs Competition Number: JP-2013-018 Position Summary: Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Corporate Affairs shall provide leadership and management expertise, in accordance with Band policies. Specifically the Director of Corporate Affairs shall be responsible for the efficient, effective and productive operation of the Corporate Affairs Department. Plans, organizes, directs, controls, and evaluates departments responsible for corporate governance and regulatory compliance, Lands, Rights & Title, Policy & Laws, records management, communications, security services, admissions and other administrative services. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate their ability to supervise a variety of programs some of which they may have no direct experience in. Qualifications/Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a related field accompanied by 7-10 years of progressive experience in a related field. Experience in a First Nation or municipal setting Experience supervising staff in a multi-level environment Proven project management skills Position Title: Director of Public Works, Housing and Capital Competition Number: JP-2013-017 Position Summary: Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Public Works, Housing, and Capital will provide leadership and management expertise, in accordance with Band policies. Specifically the Director will be responsible for the efficient, effective and productive operation of the Public Works, Housing and Capital Departments. Qualifications/Requirements: • Bachelor degree in a related field, Masters or post graduate education preferred. • Experience in a First Nation or municipal setting • 7 to 10 years progressive experience • Proven project management skills • Ability to read blueprints, understand the BC Building Code and write specifications • Experience working with legal contracts and tender documents • Experience with Property Management For more information and to apply for these positions please visit www.seabirdisland.ca/page/careers-at-seabird 12/13W_S25

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Successfully applicants to start March 2014. Position may include general nursery labor such as planting, weeding, harvesting, lifting and loading. Applicants should be physically fit, able to do repetitive work and willing to work outdoors in any weather condition. General hours are 6-7 am to 4-5 pm. Must be available to work weekends. Up to 50 hrs/week. Starting wage $10.33/hr. Please fax resume to Fricoflowers inc. 604-794-9905 or email to: info@calla.ca

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

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Sqewqél Development Corporation Employment Opportunity Position Title: Chief Executive Officer Department: Sqewqél Development Corporation Responsible to: Board of Directors Position Type: Permanent, Full-Time (New Position) Competition: JP-2013-008 Seabird Island Band is a visionary First Nation that has carefully planned and is positioned to strategically grow their business and economic development portfolio. With a proud history and a traditional territory that is rich in natural resources, people, and culture combined with strong leadership, the community and residents look forward to a promising future. Seabird is located in scenic upper Fraser Valley along the Fraser River. Sqewqél Development Corporation (SqDC) has been successful in developing local businesses which include forestry, gas bar convenience store, WiFi services, civil construction and agriculture. Combined, these enterprises generate a gross of more than $4.2 million in annual revenue. The strengthening of existing businesses is ongoing and new business initiatives and opportunities are currently being explored and developed. THE CANDIDATE: SqDC is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will roll-up their sleeves in leading and expanding new business and economic development opportunities. This role will appeal to an experienced leader with a track record for successfully exploring, developing and implementing innovative business initiatives while providing leadership and strategic direction to a multitude of existing business units and companies. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors and in a manner which respects the culture and traditions of Seabird Island people, the CEO will implement the SqDC strategic plan, remaining within SqDC mandate while directing operations of SqDC towards the SqDC towards sustained profitability and continuous growth. She/he will thrive on building strong relationships and have a reputation for establishing effective partnerships and joint ventures as well as being a collaborative influence. This includes finding funds from government and private sector (which may include investors and partnerships). The successful candidate will possess the following fundamental requirements: • A Bachelor of Commerce or Masters of Business Administration degree or equivalent with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in business and economic development or an equivalent combination of education and experience; • A proven track-record of successfully operating a for-profit enterprise, preferably with experience working with surrounding communities, First Nations and/or in the natural resources or retail sectors; • Essential CEO skills, including: leadership, coaching, human resource management, strategic planning, financial, administrative, policy development, risk management, negotiation and marketing; • An ability to prepare and analyze business plans, financial forecasts, feasibility studies, concept papers, etc. for presentation to boards of directors, potential business partners and lending institutions; • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication as well as interpersonal skills; • Demonstrated tact and diplomacy as well as sound judgment and decision making skills; • The ability to formulate and execute major policies, programs and objectives to promote and ensure accountability, transparency and an organization’s sustainability and profitability; • Experience working effectively and collaboratively with First Nations communities and organizations and willingness to learn about Seabird’s culture and traditions; and • Ability to travel and relocate to area close to Seabird Island Band, BC. **Pursuant to the Aboriginal Employment Preference Program, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry Salary Range: Competitive. Based on Qualifications. Apply with cover letter, resume and three references to : SQEWQÉL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Chair, Board of Directors, C/O Human Resources – Seabird Island Band P.O. Box 650, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0 Email: drewpaddon@seabirdisland.ca Please quote competition JP-2013-008 Phone: 604-796-6814 Fax: 604-796-3729 Deadline: 4 pm Friday January 17, 2014 (will remain open until filled)

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PERSONAL SERVICES 182

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 320

PETS

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REAL ESTATE

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RENTALS

HOMES WANTED

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RENTALS 560

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Gravity Towing Ltd. from Agassiz, BC, has applied to the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Surrey, for an industrial permit to load and unload barges situated on Provincial Crown land located at L7215 Rockwell Drive GRP 1 N.W. District 49’18’ 42’ N 121’ 46’ 23’ W. The Lands File for this application is Z410959. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Senior Land Officer, Surrey, MFLNRO, at 200-10428 153 st., Surrey, B.C., V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to February 2, 2014. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at http://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For more information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Office in Surrey.

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