GOVERNOR ACCEPTS PATRONAGE OF
TUMBLER RIDGE MUSEUM FOUNDATION
For Immediate Release
Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
August 20, 2004
Her Honour, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, Lieutenant Governor
of British Columbia, has accepted an invitation from the Tumbler
Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) to become its Honorary Patron.
This follows Her Honour's May visit to Tumbler Ridge in which
she was escorted through the TRMF's new Peace Region Palaeontology
Research Centre by palaeontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley,
TRMF Vice President Charles Helm and Mayor of Tumbler Ridge Clay
She was presented with a replica of a Theropod footprint from
the museum's Wolverine site that now hangs proudly in her office.
During the tour, Her Honour expressed admiration for the scientific
research being undertaken and also praised the Museum Foundation
for communicating the momentous finds to a broad public response.
Boasting outstanding palaeontological 'firsts', the Tumbler
Ridge site has yielded Dinosaur remains that are rocks that have
dated to some 93 million years, while most of Canada's Dinosaur
finds are in the 75 million year range. Expert palaeontological
research has revealed that North Eastern British Columbia was
once home to some of earth's most fearsome reptiles. With interest
from palaeontologists across the world, Tumbler Ridge has become
a centre for exciting scientific research in this field.
An Honorary Patronage is given to assist in enhancing the profile
and prestige of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. The
Foundation is providing an exciting new educational opportunity
past of the planet and adding a vital new area of economic
diversification to the Peace River Region.
The Honourable Iona Campagnolo,
Lietenant Governor of British Columbia, being shown dinosaur
bones in the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre by palaeontologist
Photo credit: John Mager.