Investment a good sign

A fantastic announcement last week at West Fraser.

A fantastic announcement last week at West Fraser.

The company will rebuild its planer mill, which is an investment of tens of millions of dollars, and it represents confidence and re-investment in our community.

I’ve met with new sawmill manager Matt Ketcham, who is enthusiastic about his recent move to Williams Lake and contributing to the community. Welcome Matt!

We’ve seen plenty of re-investment this year, with Cariboo GM and Gustafson’s both renovating, Dr. Bos’s new office on Third Avenue, and others. It’s a sure sign that people believe in Williams Lake and believe in its future. Council does too, and it’s why we try to take the long-term strategic view when it comes to our budgets and plans.

Also last week, the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition, which I chair, met with Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

The meeting came about from a request at UBCM, and we were pleased Minister Thomson took us up on our invitation to join us in Williams Lake.  As a forest dependant community, it is key that we continue to work together to ensure we have these jobs in the future.

Councillor Hughes and I enjoyed serving our seniors at their turkey dinner fundraiser Sunday. It was great meeting and chatting with so many people. Thanks to all the volunteers. Hope to do it again soon!

My husband I took in the Stampeders game Saturday, and watched our team win over Quesnel. It was a great turnout and a great game. I’m sure I’ll be seeing a lot of you at the rink this season!


Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.