Positive partnerships

Williams Lake Mayor Kerry Cook, in her column, highlights recent happenings in the city.

It was incredible to have Lieutenant Governor Steven Point back in Williams Lake and the Cariboo for the third time in as many years, as he headed to Stone recently to open a new library in the community.

Through partnerships and leadership between our Rotary clubs, communities and Government House, they are putting Williams Lake on the map. Thank you all.

Brian Battison of Taseko Mines gave an informative presentation to council Tuesday night and introduced Christy Smith, manager of community and aboriginal affairs. Taseko plans to submit its Environmental Impact Statement to the federal government this week. I encourage everyone to get informed and participate in the review hearings. Council affirmed its support for the project Tuesday, conditional on First Nations and environmental concerns being addressed.

I was honoured to be part of the unveiling of an Art in the Alley masterpiece earlier this month at Deana’s Studio and the Cariboo Friendship Society. These incredible murals, painted by students Jamie Moore and Miranda Fontaine under the mentorship of Dwayne Davis, are amazing additions to our downtown. Congratulations to the artists, the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association, and all who made this happen. I look forward to seeing even more beautiful art downtown in the future.

During a visit to one of the city’s new businesses recently, I heard again how Community Futures is having a positive impact on our community, helping people turn their ideas and their dreams into real brick and mortar businesses, with the skills and resources they need to be successful. I want to recognize Community Futures and all it does to help potential business owners turn their plans into reality. Keep up the great work!

I was unexpectedly called away last week to join my husband in New Brunswick. We honoured the life of my amazing father-in-law. It’s another reminder how important it is to live each day to the fullest.

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.