Messages powerful

I’m off with council members and our CAO to the North Central Local Government Association Convention this week in100 Mile House.

I’m off with council members and our CAO to the North Central Local Government Association Convention this week in100 Mile House, and I’m looking forward to debating resolutions and having discussions around beetle action coalitions, Interior Health, and other issues.

Williams Lake has a resolution to be debated at the convention, calling on the provincial and federal governments to increase the amount of infrastructure funding available to local governments and to reduce the limitations that are placed on infrastructure funding programs. Ministry of Community, Sport, and Culture Ida Chong will be in attendance on Friday. Platform Properties has announced the first four tenants, representing 85 per cent of its first building at Prosperity Ridge, and it’s something the community has been anticipating for a long time. The company has a building permit for a second 10,000 square foot building, and I’m glad to see more development on the hill.

I attended the memorial service for Rayel MacDonald at WLSS, and it was the biggest service I have ever been to. It’s amazing how a young individual has impacted so many people, and that was reflected in the huge show of community support.

I also attended the Day of Mourning ceremony, which was an important time of remembrance for those victims of the Burns Lake and Prince George mill fires, and a time to resolve to do even more, as employers and employees, to ensure safety in our workplaces.

Tuesday, I was a judge of anti-racism posters drawn by students in grades 4 through 7, and I was impressed with the level of creativity and artistic ability. Mostly, though, I was impressed with the content of the messaging. It’s important to talk to our children early about multiculturalism and about racism. The winning poster had a message that was very simple but very powerful: We need to be the change we want to see!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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