Fire protection always first concern

It’s great news that we have reached a one-year agreement with the CRD on fire protection.

It’s great news that we have reached a one-year agreement with the CRD on fire protection for rural residents and that the CRD has agreed to drop the lawsuit against the city.

Ensuring that rural residents had fire protection was always council’s first concern. The real challenge moving forward is to reach a longer term agreement that is acceptable to both sides. Council will have an opportunity to share their thoughts openly on this issue at the next council meeting.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Business Excellence Award winners and nominees. The highlight for me was the Williams Lake Indian Band and Mount Polley winning Newsmaker of the Year. There was a standing ovation after a short speech written by Chief Ann Louie which I believe highlighted great leadership, passion, and what’s possible when there is respect, vision, and a passion to create opportunities together for the future. A big thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for hosting such an amazing event.

Thanks to the Womens Contact Society for hosting the International Women’s Day event at TRU last Friday. It was an evening celebrating women of all ages, showcasing local talent and diversity. A special recognition award went to Aileen Hewett, a long standing volunteer who has left her mark on the city with the establishment of the Child Development Centre. Thank you Aileen!

Dave Dickson, our Safer Community co-ordinator, and local businesswoman and history guide Mary Forbes, both also tireless volunteers, will be honoured with BC Achievement Awards on Thursday in Victoria. Well-deserved honours for incredible Williams Lake difference-makers. Congratulations  to you both! The city celebrates 84 years this Friday, and as always, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin will host a celebration. It’s from 12 to 2 p.m., with tea, coffee, sandwiches, and of course birthday cake. Thanks to the museum for hosting the celebration to recognize the incorporation of our wonderful city! Happy 84th birthday Williams Lake!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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