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Northern Lights College looking to become 50-30 Challenge leader in community

The goal: 50% gender parity across leadership, 30% visible minorities
Class valedictorian Rupinder Kaur at the 2020 Northern Lights College convocation.

The City of Fort St. John is sending a letter of support to Northern Lights College on its application to become a 50-30 Challenge hub.

“This community hub will be used to support community organizations and businesses across the north,” outlined a Nov. 17 letter signed by mayor Lilia Hansen.

“Northern Lights College's proposal is focused on northern communities and is designed to incorporate a significant amount of travel into communities to promote, meet, and mentor organizations and community leaders,” wrote the mayor.

“We see great value in the efforts of Northern Lights College to provide a community hub for our region, and wish to express our support of their programs, which benefit the Fort St. John community.”

Karen Mason-Bennett, campus administrator for Northern Lights College in Fort St. John, said the idea is to shed light on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“Institutions like Northern Lights College or even small community-based organizations [sports clubs, etc.] and non-profit groups can take part.”

The ultimate goal, Mason-Bennett stipulates, is to achieve gender parity.

“Fifty per cent gender parity across leadership, and 30% are visible minorities, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) as an example.”

Other groups the college has reached out and received letters of support from include the Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce, the Fort St. John Literacy Society, MLA Dan Davies, and Urban Systems.

The City of Fort St. John’s letter, already approved unanimously through consensus, will be formalized at today’s city council meeting.

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