Well done, 2012 grads

Mayor Kerry Cook, in her column, discusses high school graduation, the city's irrigation system, sidewalk work, and mining.

Grad weekend was busy, as expected, but a really wonderful time as well. My youngest daughter graduated with dozens of others, and they should all be very proud.

I enjoyed being part of the ceremonies, shaking hands and giving hugs to the graduates. I’m always impressed when I hear the many achievements and the talent of our young people, and I’m looking forward to hearing about their future success.

I want to say a huge thank you to the school administrators, all of the volunteers, and the Dry Grad Committee, who worked so hard to put on grad this year.

It is a massive undertaking and a lot of work. And a special thanks to all of our teachers who are in our schools every day helping our students become adults. Well done!

You might have noticed as you drive up Highway 97 that the city is doing some work.

The project to improve the irrigation system on the highway is going well. Not only is the system being upgraded to function better, but city staff will be able to measure water usage. The system will also become automatic, shutting off when it is raining, for instance, like the systems in our parks. These new efficiencies will help in our water conservation efforts.

We are also seeing improvements along Oliver Street as the project to replace the sidewalk next to Herb Gardner Park progresses. The old asphalt sidewalk will be replaced with a concrete one and the lighting will also be improved. It will be a welcome addition to the downtown. There was a highlight for Williams Lake in the June issue of Western Investor, which had a cover story headlined Confidence in the Cariboo.

It was about how the people of  Williams Lake and the Interior and its economy are resilient, and about the huge benefits mining could have on our economy.

We want to become B.C’s service and training centre for mining, and that is one way we can make a real economic impact.

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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