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Water Demand Model and Soil Analysis Completion

Kamloops, B.C. – The City of Kamloops, in partnership with the Kamloops Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Community Futures Thompson Country, has recently completed a water demand modelling exercise for the City’s agricultural land base.  News Release.  Read the full Water Demand Model and Soil Analysis Completion here.



Provincial Award - Marketing



Community Futures Thompson Country is pleased to announce that they have been recognized provincially for Best Practices for their innovative take on their new marketing campaign.

The provincial Best Practices Award is given annually to celebrate and highlight the efforts of a Community Futures office’s dedication to their Core Values and Quality Standards.

The Community Futures selected for this award had to be able to demonstrate the success of the program, show measurable results, as well as possess the ability and expertise to share, inspire and extend the best practices for improving the network as a whole within the Province and Nationally.

“In 2015 we launched a progressive and identifiable marketing campaign that was designed to promote a fresh new look to the organizations image. The purpose of this new branding exercise was to address the lack of recognition we had in the community, despite a long successful track record of positive results and real commitment to the region and its people.” said David Arsenault, General Manager.    

Community Futures focused on the simple fact that every business is unique and subsequently faces their own unique challenges and successes.  Therefore, each business and individual needs to be treated in a unique matter – hence it is not always apples to apples.

“The saying “apples to apples” may not be new, but we repositioned the adage along with the visual concept to work for our needs and to connect with our clients.  The important piece to winning this award was the backend metrics and the use of creative and controlling mediums such as microsites to better monitor our campaign.” said Calum Lloyd, Business Development Officer.

Volunteer of the Year Award


Community Futures Thompson Country is pleased to announce that Neil Howatt has been recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for his work as a board member with Community Futures Thompson Country at its annual Provincial conference in Kimberley, BC.

Mr. Howatt has been on the CFTC board since 2006 and is currently the chair of our Self-Employment committee. “Neil is an excellent ambassador for the organization as he leads by example, provides us with fresh new ideas and his positive can do attitude and enthusiasm make us a better organization.” Said David Arsenault, General Manager, 

As a Senior Account Manager, Aboriginal Banking with the BDC, Neil provides CFTC with proven, knowledgeable advice that comes from his years of experience in working within the fastest growing and most diverse marketplace in Canada. “Neil’s experience in providing aboriginal entrepreneurs with business capital to grow, development assistance and expertise assists his clients to become more competitive and we are fortunate to benefit from same knowledge making us a better organization.” Added Arsenault  

Don MacMillan Award

Shirley Culver Wins Top Provincial Award For Her Outstanding Contribution To Community Economic Development


Community Futures Thompson Country is pleased to announce that Shirley Culver has been recognized provincially for her outstanding contribution to the development of community initiatives that promote economic diversification in the Kamloops region.

Shirley Culver started her career with CFDC Thompson Country in March of 1989 and has been a passionate contributor to the organization and community ever since. She leads by example and always thinks about how we can be a better community.   Her tireless efforts and personal sacrifices from devoting her free time and personal money to assist the individuals that make up our community over the years has not gone unnoticed; she is a true community advocate.

Shirley came to CFTC with a background in farming and as such has been a catalyst and a champion for many agricultural initiatives including the Farm2chef program, community markets, agriculture incubator, 12 month markets, wildfire fence rebuilding projects, autumn bounty, and much more.  Although her passion lies with agriculture, she has been involved with several other successful initiatives from Communities in Bloom, to hospice house work, and simply going the extra mile with each client from all walks of life.

Even on her time off Shirley is constantly striving to better her community and is a constant reflection of her commitment to community futures as she holds herself with the highest standard of personal integrity – it’s no wonder she is so well connected and respected throughout.

“Shirley is the epitome of the Community Futures organization as she embodies the philosophy day-in and day-out with relentless dedication and loyalty. This award is the most prestigious award of the conference.” said David Arsenault, General Manager.  Throughout her 26+ years of commitment, Shirley has become a beacon of extensive knowledge, experience, and is a key community connection that has undoubtedly led to many organization and community wide successes.  

“The award recognizes Shirley’s years of contribution to our organization and the community she as always goes beyond the call of duty and it is nice that she has been recognized for her contributions to Kamloops and the region” added Mr. Arsenault.

Farm Business Incubator Workshop


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Apples to Apples

We are excited to be pushing our new material!  With our new campaign we know that your business is not always Apples to Apples.  We at Community Futures can provide the right business Advice, Financing, and the Results to ensure your success!  So come talk to us and we can help make sense of your apples and oranges!

2015 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award

If you are a Young Entrepreneur, you need to take a look at this great opportunity through BDC!

Please click and follow the link to find additional information for your chance to be eligible for the $100,000 Grand Prize or $25,000 worth of consulting services! 

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