Lt.-Gov. to open new library

Mayor Kerry Cook, in her column, highlights award recipients, HandyDART services, and upcoming visits with the Lt.-Gov. and Brian Battison.

We welcomed a special guest at Tuesday’s council meeting.

MP Dick Harris presented Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to three incredible residents: Audrey MacLise, Bill Reid, and Councillor Surinderpal Rathor.

Their dedication and commitment to helping others is an inspiration. Whether it is delivering meals, advocating for seniors, or helping with tax returns (and these three do this and much more), as I said Tuesday night, these individuals and those like them are what makes Williams Lake such a great place to live.

Also on Tuesday night, council approved an expansion of HandyDART hours, including new Saturday coverage, which will begin Oct. 1. Because BC Transit was able to cost-share, this will cost the city only $3,500 in 2012.

Next week, I will have the honour of attending Stone reserve as Lieutenant Governor Steven Point opens the new library there. Through the work of the Rotary Club of Williams Lake, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Stone band, the community will have the benefit of its own library. Last year, a library opened in Toosey as a result of leadership from the Daybreak Rotary Club, so it is good to see that success breeds more success! Our local Rotarians have set a high standard for other clubs in this unique joint partnership.

I will be meeting with Brian Battison of Taseko Mines today, and I’m looking forward to an update on the New Prosperity proposal. I will let you know next week what I learned!

Another great Cariboo weekend coming up, with the Williams Lake Harvest Fair both days and the Tour de Cariboo Saturday. My thanks to all the volunteers who make these events possible, and to the Tour de Cariboo participants, who are helping raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Williams Lake. I encourage everyone to support both events this weekend!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.