Service Clubs, Organizations, & Youth Groups Making Kitimat a Better Place to Live!
"Being new, Kitimat had no traditions to live up to, and no reputation to live down, so it was up to the residents to build a community of which everyone could be proud." Kitimat-Kemano: Five Years of Operation, 1954-1959, Aluminum Company of Canada
Kitimat service clubs such as the Kinsmen, Rotary, Elks, Lions, Gyros, and Kiwanis formed. Many new residents became members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Nechako Toastmasters. The Order of the Royal Purple (OORP), Women's Auxiliary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, organized in the fall of 1955. Youth groups included the Army Cadets, the Boy Scouts with an early start in 1953, and the Girl Guides.
The Company publication, “Kitimat - Kemano: Five Years of Operation, 1954-1959” reported "...community organizations began to increase rapidly to meet the needs of the growing population." The number of organizations increased from 35 in 1955 to 150 in 1959.
Fundraising Events Fill Kitimat's Social Calendar
The OORP raised funds for the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society and was just one of the many organizations fundraising in Kitimat for healthcare. Many groups gave equipment donations to the Kitimat General Hospital over the years and proclamations made by the Mayor of Kitimat for health and public safety continue to this day! With all the fundraising events needed for the many local capital projects and health and welfare concerns here and abroad, Kitimat was a hopping place!