Wells Community Hall. Observer file photo

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. throwing community Christmas party in Wells

To say thank you, company has invited Wells, Barkerville residents to dinner and tree lighting

Lindsay Chung

Observer Contributor

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. is throwing a Christmas party for the community of Wells and Barkerville this weekend as a way to say thank you.

The company, which has Cariboo Gold Project mineral tenures that cover 2,039 square kilometres along a strike length of 67 kilometres that includes several past producing placer and hard rock mines, has invited community members to a traditional Christmas dinner and tree light up Friday, Nov. 30.

Chris Pharness, Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM)’s vice president of environment and sustainability, says this is the first time the company has thrown a community party like this. Usually, BGM has a Christmas party and then takes a break for the winter, explains Pharness, but this year, after hearing from some community members about how nice it would be to have a get-together, they have decided to combine the Christmas party with a community gathering.

“It was some community members who gave me the idea to have a party,” he says.

Pharness says the mine has been here 20 years, and they have been mining gold for five years. Pharness himself has been in the area for five years.

“It’s time to show the community we appreciate the privilege of operating here and the acceptance we’ve had, and we hope to grow it,” he says, adding: “We’re pretty lucky we have so many local people working for us.”

Pharness says they are expecting about 200 people from Wells and Barkerville to take part in the Christmas party.

“We’re doing this for the community of Wells, and what’s interesting is we’re able to do this,” he says. “If you’re Canfor, you can’t do this for Prince George. We’re really pretty fortunate here to be able to do this for the community. It’s fun, and I’m looking forward to it.”

The Christmas party at the Wells Community Hall will feature a traditional Christmas dinner buffet provided by BGM’s camp caterers, Evolution Camp Services, who are right in Wells, as well as a visit from Santa Claus, crafts and activities, and live music by a local band, Interstellar Jays. The evening will end with a community tree lighting at Crescent Park.

As well, BGM will be accepting non-perishable Christmas hamper donations on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion throughout the evening.

“We’re going to see how it goes, but we’re hoping to make it an annual event if it turns out well and there’s interest from the community,” says Pharness.

READ MORE: Cedar swag workshop a hit at Wells Winter Kick Off

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Making memories: Quesnel Lake a second home for Gerich family

The family moved around B.C. for work but always returned to Quesnel Lake

Quesnel and District Daycare needs to find new home by winter

The daycare is a non-profit society and has asked city for help

This and that for seniors: play phone magic now for real

My smartphone … yes, I do have one, is way smarter than me

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Large rogue floating ‘island’ corralled by Lac la Hache residents

At least 60 feet wide, this large mass of plants is free-floating on the lake

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

Most Read