On December 9th, 2017, Christmas came early to Dease Lake at the Annual Kid’s Community Christmas Party. It was another successful event, thanks to the generosity of community organizations, industry, the Tahltan Band, TNDC business partners and suppliers. Community members from Iskut, Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and other locations gathered for an afternoon of fun, games, prizes and visits with Santa. Approximately 350 children, youth and adults turned out to kick off the holiday season.
This annual event brings tremendous delight to children, youth and families living in our remote communities. While TNDC takes pleasure in hosting this event each year, the success of the party relies on the generosity of our suppliers, clients and business partners, industry and local organizations who donate food, funds and gifts, and many others who contribute their time to assist with preparations, setup and execution.
TNDC reached out to the community, industry, our suppliers and business partners to donate and the response was overwhelming. More than 40 organizations answered the call contributing dozens of toys and gifts, thousands of dollars, food and beverages, and in-kind support. Thanks to this generosity, there were toys for all children and youth who attended, and giveaways for the adults.
TNDC extends a special thank you to the Tahltan Health and Social Services Authority (THSSA)-People’s Haven (Tahltan Band) for providing the food and beverages, Dease Lake School for providing the event space, Bandstra Transportation for transporting gifts, Lakes District Maintenance for snow clearing and rubbish removal, and Sonya Dennis for taking photos. TNDC is also grateful to the many volunteers, who include employees from THSSA, Red Chris Mine and TNDC, as well as Santa’s helpers. Every contribution is greatly appreciated. A full list of the contributing organizations is below.
In the spirit of giving and compassion, everyone who attended was asked to bring a non-perishable item to the Tahltan Food Bank. We are delighted to have collected a large box of food items, which were gratefully received by the bank and will benefit members of the local communities.
TNDC extends our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who continues to support this special event each year. These contributions help to make the party meaningful and memorable for our local communities.
Contributing Organizations to the 2017 Kid’s Community Christmas Party
We formed our Tahltan Aeronigma Geodis Wilson partnership in 2011. It’s been an honour to partner with TNDC for the opportunity to provide our wide-range of global logistical services and be a part of a world class organization built on mutual cooperation, trust and respect. They’re a terrific group of educated, business friendly people eager to learn and work with us.Adam J. WicksteadPresident, Aeronigma Solutions Inc.
We established the Tahltan Macro Industries Joint Venture with TNDC in 2009. Macro is very satisfied with the relationship we have with TNDC. The company has a reputation of being a solid and reputable business corporation, that emphasizes value added partnerships and business developments. We look forward to working with TNDC in future opportunities.Darcy FriesenManager of Business Development & Special Projects, Macro Industries
Ledcor recognized the benefits offered through the Tahltan’s local expertise and experience, and welcomed the opportunity to involve community members in projects. We established Tahltan-Ledcor Joint Venture back in 1991 when we managed construction on the Eskay Creek mine. We value the partnership with TNDC and look forward to the opportunities ahead within Tahltan traditional territory.Rodger McLeanPast Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor
We worked with TNDC on the Galore Creek mining project and the Northwest Transmission Line, providing heavy lift helicopter services. It made good business sense to get involved with the Nation, so we formed Tahltan Helifor Joint Venture in 2011. After meeting Bill Adsit, I knew we had made the right decision. We have had only positive experiences and look forward to continued collaboration.Gary LaidlawPresident & General Manager, Helifor Canada Corp.
Sodexo Canada has been a partner with TNDC since 2002, providing complete camp management through Spatsizi Remote Services. During this time we have worked on many projects, and employed many Tahltan members. It’s been very positive, and the business relationships have formed long lasting personal and business friendships.Ivor MacGregorVice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.Clem Pelletierformer CEO, Rescan Group