The Stampeders capped off a great week of hockey in Williams Lake Saturday by beating Terrace 6-2 in the Coy Cup final. The Complex was packed for the game, which was a great sight to see, as was the Stamps holding up the Coy Cup for the second year in a row! Way to go Stamps!
At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, our alumni were recognized for the difference they have made in our community. Import players like Fred Thomas and many others have helped shape Williams Lake, not just on the ice, but in the community with their volunteer contributions. Thank you to our Stampeders alumni. Williams Lake wouldn’t be the same without you!
Thank you also to all the volunteers who made Williams Lake a great host for the Cup. Many community members were at the rink all week to make the tournament a success.
Congratulations to our Tier 2 Bantam rep team, who earned a bronze medal at provincials this week. The Tier 2 PeeWee rep team played for bronze Wednesday night after going 3-0 in the round robin. Williams Lake produces great hockey at every level!
I attended a human trafficking seminar Wednesday hosted by the Williams Lake RCMP and Community Policing. There was a great turnout, and a powerful message from RCMP Corporal Jassy Bindra. Human trafficking isn’t just about sex; it’s also about forced labour. Thank you to Safer Community co-ordinator Dave Dickson for inviting Bindra to Williams Lake to raise awareness of this very important issue. Local RCMP Const. Sharon Forbes will help with the effort to bring awareness into our schools.
Congratulations to Red Tomato Pies, who received their trophy for the 2013 Saputo Pizza Hall of Fame title. Voters chose the local pizza parlour, owned by Amber and Jason Akeson, as the best in the country. Way to go Amber and Jason!
Current council members and five mayors and former councillors all enjoyed a tea and cake at the museum Saturday to celebrate the city’s 85th birthday. Besides elected officials, long-serving community pioneers were invited and honoured. Thanks to Museum staff and volunteers.
I’m already looking forward to a big birthday celebration on May 3. Beginning with a community breakfast and ending with birthday cake and a dance, there will be fun for the whole family all day. There will be family activities, games, and a carnival before a community dinner and cake.
This will be a true community celebration, with many businesses, organizations, and individuals donating time, money, and supplies. Make sure to mark the date on your calendars — this will be a can’t-miss event for all!
Kerry Cook is the Mayor of Williams Lake.