The city of Williams Lake issued a press release Friday with information about the Leaders Moving Forward group co-ordinated by Mayor Kerry Cook in late 2010.
“Mayor Kerry Cook brought together a group of dynamic community leaders with a common desire to work collaboratively on a range of issues and opportunities facing our community,” the press release stated. “Those leaders represent the forestry and mining industries, the Cariboo Regional District, School District 27, Thompson Rivers University, the RCMP, Chamber of Commerce, Interior Health, the Child Development Centre, Williams Lake Employment Services, the Ministerial Association and others.”
Originally the group was formed to ensure the city was prepared for the federal government’s pending decision on whether to approve the original Prosperity mine proposal.
“Both approval or rejection would have implications for Williams Lake that needed to be anticipated,” the city said.
Since its inception, the group has met regularly to exchange information, provide advice and identify opportunities for collaboration and strategic partnerships. The group discusses economic and social issues facing the city, including crime, job and training opportunities, industry capital upgrades, timber supply and education.
Leaders Moving Forward meets roughly once a month for an early breakfast to accommodate more than a dozen members and their schedules. Members of the group pay for breakfast on a rotating basis.
“Leaders Moving Forward is a group of dedicated community leaders passionate about making Williams Lake an even better place to live and work,” Cook said. “I strongly believe it’s by working together that we accomplish great things for the entire community.”