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The recent Peel Out event (mountain biking races) was the most successful yet.

The recent Peel Out event (mountain biking races) was the most successful yet, with 200 race participants plus another 300 riders on the trails. This is great for the city’s reputation as a mountain biking destination, and proof that the Mountain Bike Consortium’s efforts to market the city are working well.

Thanks go out to all who helped make this a success!

Thanks also to the organizers of the Lakers Car Club Spring Round Up Show and Shine last weekend. Despite the weather, there was a great turnout.

I had a great new business visit with Amanda Waddell at Pink Headquarters Hair Boutique, inside the Tickled Pink Beauty Bar.

Amanda is a young entrepreneur investing in her future and in her community. Thank you Amanda!

The City has received more than 150 completed branding surveys to date, which is appreciated. I encourage everyone to fill out a survey and share your opinions as the branding process moves forward. The survey is at www.mywilliamslake.placebrand.ca/.

There will be a public information meeting at 6 p.m. June 5 in council chambers where the purpose of branding, the process followed to date, and next steps will be outlined.

I am off to the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference in Vancouver this weekend. I am looking forward to the workshops, networking opportunities, as well as a special meeting with the mayors of other cities across Canada that have struggled with crime in recent years.

It is a follow up meeting to share strategies and successes on how we can further reduce crime in our communities.

It’s nearly June, and with it comes Stampede season. Businesses are starting to decorate to celebrate this world famous event.

I encourage everyone to decorate your workplaces and get in the Stampede spirit!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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