Think local when buying gifts

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is a vital part of the business community.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is a vital part of the business community and of Williams Lake as a whole, and today marks the installation of the new officers.

I always appreciate the chance to speak to the chamber and its members.

I will be talking about the year that’s almost done, and I will share some of the positives we’ve seen in 2012: West Fraser’s announcement that they will build a new planer mill, the continued development of the Platform Properties site, and the re-investment we’ve seen from local car dealerships and other businesses.

There have been (and still are) some challenges, such as the recent announcement of the closure of Tolko’s Creekside mill. We still have a lot of work to do.

Congratulations to local free rider James Doerfling, who is featured in the film Where the Trail Ends riding on the Fraser River and in the Gobi Desert. The film will be screened Thursday evening at Paradise Cinemas at 7 p.m.

The pictures and video of James’s riding are incredible. We’ve very proud to have such a talented rider representing Williams Lake and all of the mountain biking opportunities here. Way to go James!

Christmas shopping season is upon us already, and I’d like to urge residents to think local when buying gifts.

We have a wide variety of excellent local stores with plenty of great things for under the tree. Please support these local businesses, who are not only critical to our economy, but who generously support our sports teams and community organizations all year round as well.

When we can come together and support each other we all benefit!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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