Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen was in Terrace on Wednesday to hold a barbecue fundraiser for the Skeena Diversity Society.
Cullen has been hosting charity barbecues like this four times a year for the last 14 years. Each group selected then chooses the next year’s beneficiary.
“Over the years we’ve helped support a number of groups – everything from women’s shelters to sports programs to animal welfare,” Cullen said.
At this year’s event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brolly Square, local firefighters helped cook the hamburgers and hotdogs while volunteers, including RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn, Francoise Godet, Cullen’s riding assistant, and Saša Loggin from the Skeena Diversity Centre, helped dish out the food to hungry donors.
More than 200 people helped to raise $1,500 for the centre, which will be used to support future programs for newcomers to Canada and families in the community, said Loggin.
“What we see is often people go to work and then go home, they don’t really have an opportunity or don’t know how to connect with the community,” she said.
“As human beings, we all need to do something that we enjoy outside of work.”
Loggin said she will now have to think about who to nominate for next year.
“Maybe we’ll turn it into a bit of a research project too,” she said.