Flec Demmon moved to Golden in 1984 for both the lifestyle and all that the town had to offer.
Demmon was born in Kamloops and moved to Salmon Arm when he was six.
After finishing high school he started working for his father’s roof trussing company.
Eventually he would take over the family business. Then a downturn in the economy in 1982 caused him to change his profession.
After spending some time working at a concrete company, Demmon came to Golden.
“I moved in 1984 thinking that Golden was going to become the next place to grow and boom,” he said. “They had already started on the golf course and they were just starting to lay plans for the ski hill. So I thought Golden would just take off.”
Although he said the big boom was more of a steady growth, Demmon always found the positive in his life in the area.
“I waited for 22 years and it just never happened that way. Golden was always good to me. I managed to make a living,” he said.
Demmon operated a truss business in Golden until 2006. He then sold it and took some time off before moving into a new business.
“The plan was to take six months off so I could figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up,” he said with a smile. “I managed to stretch that into about a year and a half.”
It was an acquaintance of Demmon who suggested that he should make a move into the real estate world.
“I thought about what it was about my old business that I liked. It was the people. While the part I didn’t like was collecting money. In real estate I get to deal with a lot of cool people, and when the deal is done a lawyer sends you a cheque.”
Demmon enjoys skiing and was very involved with Whitetooth ski area when he first came to town. He was the president of the Whitetooth group when the hill was sold in 2000.
“The plan always was to build it, and then sell it to a private developer who could develop it into more of what it looks like today.”
Over the years Golden has not changed much according to Demmon.
“When you are in Golden and watching it grow, it does so at a very slow pace,” he said. “That is fine. I think it is what gives Golden a small community feel. It hasn’t had a huge influx of people…It is a slow steady growth.”
Demmon also enjoys the fact that he can be involved in the community in his own way.
“I have been very active in the community and I am all about giving to the community. I tend to stay in the background more which does not let people know what I have done and I am happy with that,” he said.
He also added that he still enjoys his hobbies in the town.
“It is one of the things that dragged me here in the first place. Skiing that is second to none. Probable the best flying site in Canada as far as I am concerned. From here you can fly to Radium or Fairmont. The community is warm, friendly and forgiving,” he said.
As for the future of Golden, Demmon sees a chance for growth if people are willing to work towards a different goal.
“We need place that is offering what no one else is offering. There are great reasons to be here. We could be importing people from other places where there are steady jobs to the community, because it is a great community. But to hang our hat on that tourism dollar is a huge mistake,” he said. “We have to get out of the box and stop chasing the dollar that everyone else is. We are going to go broke…There has to be something else we can develop besides tourism to give our town a healthy economy.”