B.C. Spirit Squares
Quesnel Opens B.C.'s First Spirit Square
Click here to see larger image of Premier Gordon Campbell sporting a pin-covered jacket lent to him by a Rotarian exchange student as he is joined by Community Development Minister Blair Lekstrom and Mayor Nate Bello to officially open B.C.'s first completed Spirit Square in Quesnel.

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Premier Gordon Campbell sports a pin-covered jacket lent to him by a Rotarian exchange student as he is joined by Community Development Minister Blair Lekstrom and Mayor Nate Bello to officially open B.C.'s first completed Spirit Square in Quesnel.

Residents of Quesnel are celebrating B.C.’s first completed Spirit Square, built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the crown colony of British Columbia.

“It is very exciting to be here to see the completion of the Province’s first Spirit Square, the first of many to be finished and opened this year, celebrating our province’s 150th anniversary, and reinforcing the special spirit that defines our cities, towns and villages,” said Premier Campbell, who attended the grand opening June 24. “This square is a place for Quesnel to showcase its community strengths and achievements, and a centre for people to meet, to celebrate, and to connect with one another.”

In August 2007, the Province announced $54,500 in funding to erect a clock tower and build a wooden roof over the existing stage at Four Corners Square in Quesnel.

“This Spirit Square is a way for the residents of Quesnel to commemorate BC150 – celebrating our heritage and achievements – past, present and future,” said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Community Development. “Each of the B.C. Spirit Squares tells the world about the community, its history and values. Here in Quesnel, wood features are included in the square, reflecting the fact the community is also known as the Woodsmart City.”

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Funds for Quesnel Spirit Square
Click here to see larger image of Quesnel Mayor Nate Bello; Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and Peace River South Blair Lekstrom; Quesnel Spirit of BC Committee Chair and City Councillor Mary Sjostrom; Quesnel Downtown Association President Dave Forster and Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club president-elect Kit Collins.

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Left to right: Quesnel Mayor Nate Bello; Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and Peace River South Blair Lekstrom; Quesnel Spirit of BC Committee Chair and City Councillor Mary Sjostrom; Quesnel Downtown Association President Dave Forster and Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club president-elect Kit Collins.

Click here to see larger image of B.C.'s Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom at the Aug. 13 announcement.

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B.C.'s Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom at the Aug. 13 announcement.

Aug. 13, 2007 – Quesnel will be able to enhance Four Corners Square, creating an even better meeting place for the community, thanks to a $54,500 grant from the provincial government’s B.C. Spirit Square program.

Funds from the program will pay for the City of Quesnel’s new clock tower and will provide funds to build a roof over the existing stage at Four Corners Square, at St. Laurent Avenue and Reid Street.

The roof will be made out of wood to showcase the importance of wood to the community. The town is known as the “Woodsmart City” and is home to the largest concentration of wood products in North America.

The announcement was made Aug. 13, 2007 by Blair Lekstrom, MLA for Peace River South and Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development, during a visit to the community.

The Sunrise Rotary 2000 Club also made a $20,000 contribution to this project.

2007 News Release


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