Grendel Group

Gathering, Growing, Giving

The Grendel Group is a registered charity and is a values-based organization established in 2000. We are dedicated to providing programs and support for educational and ongoing meaningful work experience for people with cognitive and physical disabilities.
Grendel Group is somewhat unique and operates as an enterprising non-profit. This means that we operate business-like programs within a nonprofit model.

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Our original place of operation was the basement of the United Church in Smithers. This location served us well as we grew in our experience and programming, but eventually we were in need of a new location. The then One Sky building at 3768 2nd Avenue in downtown Smithers became available and in 2011 and we purchased the property. We also had to complete extensive renovations to our “new” building, in which we installed a wheelchair-accessible commercial kitchen and bathroom. These upgrades, completed in 2012, further expanded our catering and gardening programs, as well as provided a space to further our theatre arts activities. In addition to increasing opportunities for individuals with disabilities,  this new location also provides a much-needed commercial kitchen for community groups to rent.


We are extremely grateful to all the individuals, organizations and businesses that have so generously contributed towards this project, our new home - Grendel Place:

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Nature’s Pantry Health Food Store
Bulkley Valley Credit Union
Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd.
The Rotary Club
Bulkley Valley Community Foundation
Bulkley Valley Eye Care
Huckleberry Mines
Castle BV Home Centre
Smithers Lumber Yard
Northwest Kitchen Centre
Smithers Secondary Leadership Program
Home Hardware
All West Glass
Bulkley Valley Wholesale
Bandstra Transportation
Hermann’s Fire Extinguishers
Kate Kantakis
Community Futures
V & B Bookkeeping & Management Services Ltd.
Luke Pitzman
Alpine Plant World
BV Electric
Several anonymous donors


Over the years we have been fortunate to receive funding from a variety of sources. We are very grateful to our numerous funders!

Some of these include:
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The Kassandra Trust
Community Living BC (CLBC)
Bulkley Valley Community Foundation
Northern Health Authority
Regional District Bulkley Nechako
Bulkley Valley Credit Union
Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council
Wetzink’wa Community Forest Corporation 
Enterprising Non-Profits
Vancouver Foundation
Province of BC: Direct Access Program Gaming Grant
Koerner Foundation
BC Greenhouse Builders
Mercedes Beans