A holiday message from Area A director Karen Cathcart

The holiday season brings our families and friends together from far and wide. As we anxiously anticipate the snow and appreciate the many community events kindly executed by community groups and organizations in celebration of the season, I pause to reflect on the past year and the excitement of the coming New Year.

Probably the most significant outcome for 2018 was the municipal elections and the success of the core facilities funding contribution establishment bylaw. The completion of the Golden and Area A Trail Strategy has moved forward to the next steps which is to establish the Golden and Area A Trail Alliance. The regional district supported several community groups with the grant in aid and community works funds to assist them in moving their community projects forward. Some of these groups include Little Mittens Animal Rescue, The Light Horse Club, The Interact Club of Golden, the Golden Rotary Club, and Local Food Matters, to name a few.

As you all know, we established the Local Advisory Committee more than four years ago to have a public forum for folks to meet and learn about what is happening in the regional district. This process has been quite successful as a means of engagement. The Local Advisory Committee meets every month, (the fourth Tuesday of each month). Committee members commit to a two-year period to participate in the process. You have probably seen the call for expressions of interest in the local newspaper for new Local Advisory Committee members.

The next year will be busy with establishing the Trail Alliance for our community, completing the pool feasibility study, addressing the Internet and cell phone concerns, educating folks about fire smart protocols, creating an economic development function for our community. These are just a few of the ongoing projects your regional district is undertaking.

On behalf of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, I would like to wish you and yours all the best for the holiday season.w

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