Moves in the right direction

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve met with some local car dealers, and was pleased to learn they are reinvesting in their businesses.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve met with some local car dealers, and was pleased to learn they are reinvesting in their businesses.

One dealership just completed major renovations, and another is in the process of renovating.

If car dealerships are a good barometer of our local economy, this is a positive reminder that we are moving in the right direction. Capital reinvestment is always a good sign.

Although we know that some local businesses are still struggling, it’s important to keep our eyes on the future and recognize some positive trends. This council has made economic development a priority, and strategies are in place to help market Williams Lake and improve its economy.

Hats off to Ed and Doreen Evenski, who hosted the Williams Lake White Cane Chapter’s event last week. Three years ago, they had a dream to open a local chapter, and now it is not only a reality, but the awareness and the event have both grown over the years. We are all passionate about something, and it is a powerful, positive thing when someone takes their passion and uses it to make a difference in the community. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made it such a success.

I also attended the Cariboo Cattlemen’s AGM last week. As I told the packed room, our ranching community plays an incredibly large role in our economy. The Cariboo is home to 20 per cent of the province’s cattle, and the agriculture industry represents $1 billion in investment in our region. Our Cariboo cattle ranchers are hard-working and very resilient, and set an example for us all. Ranching is an important part of our heritage (as we see represented each year at the Stampede), and a critical part of our future!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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