A group of concerned local citizens, alongside the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM), have organized a new support group to assist the community as it deals with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They hope to raise a minimum of $50,000 to meet their goal of assisting those in need in Sun Peaks as well as Whitecroft and the Heffley Louis Creek areas. 

SPCommunityHelps’ objective is to provide personal wellness and food support for those who may need help over the coming weeks and months. It is anticipated that while many of the seasonal staff will return to their home countries or move on with summer plans that there may be a number of committed individuals and families who will remain and may not be able to make ends meet.

Health and wellness issues will involve liaising community members with health professionals at the local and provincial levels. Food support logistics are also being organized with the intent to assist for the next three months or longer if required. 

Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine and the municipality will coordinate fundraising efforts and all donations will receive official receipts for income tax purposes. By council resolution the municipality will establish the SPCommunityHelps fund special account. All donations will be held in a designated account solely for the purpose of the organization’s objectives. The initial goal is to raise $50,000, and continue to raise additional funds if required.  

Please make any donations payable to the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality with a notation for the SPCommunityHelps Fund. The municipality will be accepting etransfers to dof@sunpeaksmunicipality.ca using the password sphelps. Support cheques can be mailed to Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, 106-3270 Village Way, Sun Peaks V0E 5N0, Attn. SPCommunityHelps Fund.

If you need assistance contact spcommunityhelps@gmail.com or (236)-822-0550. A website SPCommunityHelps.ca will soon be available. The phone number will direct callers to different options, such as personal wellness, food help, financial assistance and transportation. If your call doesn’t go through, a volunteer will return your call as quickly as possible. 

SPCommunityHelps has an organizing committee of five individuals, namely residents Linda Hollyer, Sydney Johnsen, Jim Alix, Dave Roberts and Lisa Bentz.