Mural group seeks help to continue

Volunteers hope other group will be open to merging

  • Jul. 14, 2016 4:00 p.m.

After almost 12 years as a non-profit, volunteer group working to beautify the District of 100 Mile House, the 100 Mile House Mural Society (OMHMS) is looking for some help to continue installing new murals in the downtown core.

In a recent letter to the 100 Mile and District Arts Council, of which OMHMS is a member, society president Ruth Peterson stated the society is seeking suggestions on how to potentially integrate with another group (or individuals), in order to remain operational.

“We have no desire to collapse the society, but we are looking at ways to perhaps join forces with another group to reduce the burden for our few remaining members.”

The society is in an “outstanding position” both financially and with the rapport it has built with the community, she explained.

“It has taken tremendous effort to achieve this status and we have no desire to give up all that we have worked so hard for.”

Peterson also noted in her letter that the society hopes there will be interested parties in the community who will approach them for further discussion on possibly merging.

However, if the OMHMS does not find this support, no future murals will be added to the outdoor gallery of paintings adorning buildings throughout the downtown area (beyond one project currently underway), she explained.

“Should we be unsuccessful in joining forces with another group, we will remain active for the purpose of maintaining our charitable status.

“However, we will not be moving forward with any more projects after completion of one more mural we have made a commitment to.”

At the society’s annual general meeting on June 9, all board positions were filled by acclamation, including Peterson as president, Donna Nivison as vice-president, Val Severin as treasurer, and directors Bill Hadden, Doris Rufli and Dan Stewart.

For more information about the mural society’s current needs, e-mail Ruth Peterson at brpeters@telus.net or Donna Nivison at nivison@shaw.ca.

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