Margaret Holler, left, and Barbara Thorburn ask for input for Summerland’s Cultural Plan Task Force. Task force members are working to develop a cultural plan for the municipality.

Margaret Holler, left, and Barbara Thorburn ask for input for Summerland’s Cultural Plan Task Force. Task force members are working to develop a cultural plan for the municipality.

Input sought for cultural plan

Members of Summerland’s Cultural Plan Task Force want to hear the community’s thoughts on culture.

Members of Summerland’s Cultural Plan Task Force want to hear the community’s thoughts on culture.

The 15-member task force was formed in May with a mandate to consult with the community and develop a cultural plan.

The plan is intended to help shape Summerland’s cultural development for the future.

At present, the members of the task force are looking for comments from visitors, orchard workers and part-time residents of the community.

“Our focus is to try to consult with the people who will be gone at the end of the summer,” said Margaret Holler, a member of the committee.

Elie Van Nie, a member of the committee, said the comments from tourists and temporary residents are necessary.

“It’s important to consider why our tourists come here,” she said.

The members will also seek input from others in the community, including community organizations, service groups, youth, those in the agricultural community and more.

While the task force members plan to spend six months collecting comments, they have already received good feedback with more than 50 questionnaires received to date.

Holler said the plan presented to council will reflect the comments and feedback from the community.

“We are not coming to the table with any personal mandates,” she said. “Our job is to listen to the community.”

The task force members have distributed questionnaire forms at the country markets and at the Wednesdays on the Water concerts.

In addition, the task force has a page on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/culturalplantaskforcesummerland.

The questionnaires will also be available on the municipality’s website at summerland.ca and at Municipal Hall.

 

Summerland Review