North Thompson Valley Celebrates Spirit of BC Week 2008

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In 2008, the new mayor officiated at a flag raising ceremony to launch Spirit of BC Week in Barriere, one of more than 100 communities to join in the annual celebration. Sixteen groups showcased their organizations at booths in the Barriere Community Centre, drawing 50 attendees. The Barriere Full Moon Howl saw more than 80 people ski local trails which were lined with candles for the event, which ended with a barbecue. At Barriere Library, children attended the Spirit of BC Reading Program that featured stories about healthy living and sport heroes. The finale was Light Up Barriere with 100 people taking part in a parade of fire followed by food, music and fireworks at the local park.

In Clearwater, celebrations included a children's short Olympic style ski course prepared by the Clearwater Ski Hill staff with classes provided by the Wells Gray Outdoors club. The event attracted 35 families. At the Family Fun night, 75 families skated with performers wearing Disney costumes.

At Blue River, 130 children participated in the Blue River Kids Ski Race, coming from Barriere, Clearwater, Blue River and Vavenby. The cross country race was organized by the Blue River School and staff at Mike Wiegele's Heli Skiing.

Spirit of BC Week is an annual province-wide celebration of British Columbia and its unique communities. Held each February, it is a week of over 300 events and activities showcasing local programs and services that strengthen community arts, literacy, sport, recreation and volunteerism. The celebration is supported by the Province of British Columbia.