Merritt Resources

Merritt, B.C.:

Cowboy Music Capitol

 

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Photo:  www.bcadventure.com

 

Population: 7,113, with a 15.1% gain in immigrants between 2000 and 2006.

Immigrants, 2006:  875

 

First Languages:

 

Punjabi – 270

Korean – 90

German – 75

Tagalog – 25

Dutch – 25

Chinese – 15

Italian – 15

Croatian – 15

Spanish – 10

Visible minority population – 800

 

 

 

Nicola Valley Farmers’ Market

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Photo:  www.flickr.com

 

Location:  at the corner of Voght Street and Merritt Avenue, 9 am until 2 pm, Mid-May until early October

250-378-2124

The market offers organic produce, arts and crafts.

 

 

Nicola Valley Fall Fair

 

The last weekend of August.

Contact:  Kathy Reimer, 250-546-5925, or krimmer@telus.net

 

 

Nicola Tribal Association

 

2090 Coutlee Avenue, Merritt

250-378-4235

www.nicolatribal.com

 

 

 

Nlaka’pamux Nation

 

www.nntc.ca

 

 

 

Coldwater Indian Band

 

2249 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt

250-378-6174

 

 

Nooaitch Indian Band

 

2954 Shakelly Road, Merritt

250-378-6141

 

 

Shackan Indian Band

 

2160 Settler’s Road, Merritt

250-378-5410

http://shakan.com

 
Upper Nicola Band

 

250-350-3342

www.uppernicolaband.com

 

 

Shuswap Nation

secwepemc

Photo:  http://shuswapnation.org

 

680 West Athabaska Street, Kamloops

http://shuswapnation.org

 

 

Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion: Creating Workplaces-of-Choice for Aboriginal Talent 

www.aboriginalhr.ca/en/programs/MAI

 

 

Questions to Help Guide Development of an Aboriginal Inclusion Strategy

www.aboriginalhr.ca/files/file/programs/MAI/Module%20One%20Tip%20Sheet_pdf.pdf

 

 

As I Am, by Nadia Myre, 2010, National Film Board of Canada

www.aboriginalhr.ca/en/resources/getstarted/cultures

 

 

Differences Between Traditional Aboriginal Culture and Mainstream Western Culture

www.aboriginalhr.ca/en/resources/getstarted/cultures

 

Nicola Valley Health Centre

 

3451 Voght Street, Merritt

250-378-2242

250-378-3401: Mental Health

250-378-3400: Public Health

 

 

 

Education

 

School District #58 (Nicola-Similkameen)

 

Collettville Elementary

 

Principal:  Mme.  Marie-Josee Bedard

2021 Birch Avenue, Merritt

Phone: 250-378-2230, extension #101

 

 

Diamond Vale Elementary

 

Principal:  Ms. Val Edgell

2675 Coldwater Avenue, Merritt

Phone:  250-378-2514

 

 

Bench Elementary

 

Principal:  Mr. W. Heppner

3341 Grimmett Street, Merritt

Phone:  250-378-2528

 

 

Central Elementary

 

Principal:  Mr. Slanzi

1501 Voght Street, Merritt

Phone:  250-378-9931

 

 

Nicola Canford Elementary

 

Principal:  Mr. Bert Bergmann

2311 Postell Street, Merritt

Phone:  250-378-2172

 

 

Merritt Secondary School (MSS)

 

Principal:  Mr. Bill Lawrence

1561 Chapman, Merritt

Phone: 250.378.5131

 

 

Kengard Learning Centre

 

Principal:  Mr. Al Mackay-Smith

Phone:  250-378-4245

 

A Distributed (Distance) Learning School (online or by mail) that provides quality education for:

 

* School-aged students, K – 12

* Adults who are seeking graduation

* Graduated Adults, including Continuing Learning

 

Our courses are free with a refundable resource deposit.

 

To register:

Please note: All applicants must be residents of British Columbia.

 

1. Copy of most recent school records (last report card, transcript, or PEN).  These documents may be attached to the registration form or faxed (250-378-1447), or scanned and submitted to registrar@scides.ca

 

2. Proof of Residency

 

We require one of the following:

 

BC Care Card (Medical Services Plan)

BC Driver’s License
BC ID Card

 

 

Adult Graduation Program Requirements

 

Ministry of Education information sites:

 

Graduation:  http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/adult_graduation.htm

 

Adult Education:  http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/adult_education.htm

 

Check the online Course Registry.  Currently, graduated adults (people who have finished 12th grade) are funded for:

 

• English 12

• Math 11 and 12

• Biology 12

 
Adult Graduation Program Requirements:  Eligibility

 

1. *18 years or older

2. *Skill levels to Grade 11 can be upgraded through a streamlined program (if required)

3. *must complete at least 5 courses (20 credits at four credits per course), specified below:

 

 

Courses to Graduate:

 

 Language Arts 12 (English 12 OR Communications 12) and

 

 a Math 11 or 12 course and either Option 1 or Option 2 below:

 

 Option 1:  Three 4-credit Grade 12 Ministry Authorized courses (12 credits), including External Credential courses, or

 

 Option 2:  Social Studies 11, BC First Nations Studies 12, or Civic Studies 11 (12 credits), and two 4-credit Grade 12-level Ministry Authorized courses, including External Credential courses

Merritt Library

 

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1691 Garcia Street, Merritt

Phone:  (250) 378-4737

www.tnrdlib.ca

 

Days/ Hours Open:

Tuesday  10:00-8:00
Wednesday  10:00-8:00
Thursday  10:00-4:00
Friday   10:00-4:00
Saturday  10:00-4:00
Youth Against Violence Line

This is a 24-hour help line.  You do not have to tell them your name, and the information that you give them is confidential.  You can report crimes and violence, and get help.  Anyone can call for information about gangs, bullying or other problems.  This service is available in 130 languages.

 

Phone: 1-800-680-4264; Text: 604-836-6381

 

24/7 – in your language – anonymous – confidential

 

Email: info@youthagainstviolenceline.com

 

Website: www.youthagainstviolenceline.com

 

 

PAL (Partner Assisted Learning)

PAL is a community partnership program that provides free one-to-one adult literacy tutoring. PAL supports up to 20 adults, from non-readers to Grade 12 level.  They generally have challenges with the literacy skills that are needed for everyday life. Scheduling is arranged to suit the learner and the tutoring focuses on individual needs. Support is available for those with ESL challenges.  All inquiries are confidential. PAL is run in partnership with Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, Thompson Rivers University and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.

 

Contact:  Robyn Grebliunas, robyn@rbrandproducations.ca

 

 

 

Nicola Valley & District Food Bank

 

Quilchena, P.O. Box 2026, Merritt

250-378-2282

Most food banks do not receive money from the government.  They depend on donations from the community and volunteers.  Emergency food supplies are available every two to four weeks and last for two to three days.

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City of Merritt

 

2185 Voght Street, PO Box 189, Merritt, B.C.  V1K 1B8

Telephone: (250) 378-4224

Fax: (250) 378-2600

Email: info@merritt.ca

http://www.merritt.ca

 

Susan Roline, Mayor

Telephone: (250) 378-4224

Email: mayorroline@merritt.ca

 

 

Dave Baker, Councillor

Telephone: 250-378-4224

Email: dbaker@merritt.ca

 

 

Mike Goetz , Councillor

Telephone 250-378-3632

Email: mgoetz@merritt.ca

 

 

Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

 

Karen Irving, General Manager

 

2185 B Voght Street, Box 1649 , Merritt, BC V1K1B8

Phone: 250.378.5634

manager@merrittchamber.com

www.merrittchamber.com/

 

 

Employment Service Centre:  Community Futures Nicola Valley

2099 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8i

Phone: 250.378.3923 Fax: 250.378.3924

Email: info@cfdcnv.com

Web: http://www.cfdcnv.com/

 

Please see Community Futures under Kamloops for a list of 14 Steps to Starting Your Own Business.

 

 

Economy:

 

Merritt offers efficient transportation, distribution and training facilities.  Of the 7,113 population, 30% is under 25.  The labour force can meet the long-term growth of YOUR business.

Merritt’s economic development is based on the Official Community Plan (OCP). The Integrated Growth Strategy (IGS) provides planning directives for managed growth and development for overall economic development.

 

James Umpherson, MAES

Economic Development Manager

Phone: (250) 378-8619

Email: jumpherson@merritt.ca

 

Places of Worship

 

 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

2451 Springbank, Merritt

250-378-5503

 

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses

1505 Sunset, Merritt

250-378-6343

 

 

Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church

1950 Maxwell, Merritt

250-378-9502

 

 

 

Sacred Heart Church

2326 Jackson, Merritt

250-378-6733

 

 

Business Resources

 

Provincial:

Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust
Small Business BC
Doing Business in BC
Business and Investing
Business Incentives
Business and Community Incentives

 

Federal:

Starting Your Business
Business Plans & Templates
Trade Start
Industry Canada
Innovation Resource Centre
EI Programs

 

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British Columbia immigration:  www.britishcolumbiacanada.com/immigration

Canadian citizenship site:  www.cic.gc.ca

Canadian citizenship information:  www.mavis.ca

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For References, please go to the Kamloops Education section.

 

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