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Joint Press Release by Liberal and NDP Constituency Associations

On June 15, 2018 a Joint Press Release was issued by the presidents of the local Liberal and NDP constituency associations.

We the undersigned, as the Presidents representing our respective party’s Constituency Association for Boundary Similkameen (BC NDP and BC Liberal) wish to present the following statement to our community.

We met today to discuss the response to the disastrous flood that has devastated our community and with a focus on the discussion taking place in its aftermath.

We both wish to express in the strongest possible terms to our parties’ supporters and all citizens in this region to engage in discussion in a compassionate and balanced manner. We understand that emotions are justifiably running high and that this can lead to conflict as people desperately seek the answers and assistance that they require.

We both agree that in particular, those who were not directly impacted by the flood have a duty to maintain a calm and supportive tone and to seek and share accurate information instead of speculation and rumours.

We believe strongly that people experiencing the most dire need will be best served and comforted by this approach to discussion. Both of us are working tirelessly with our respective parties, within our respective volunteer positions, and with our friends and neighbours in the community.

We are committed to making use of our positions to advocate relentlessly on behalf of meeting the extraordinary need our community is currently experiencing.

We both believe that this community can and will come together in the weeks and months ahead, just as we did during the worst of the active flood. We have no doubt that Grand Forks will bounce back stronger than ever.

Everett Baker President, BC Liberal Boundary Similkameen Riding Association
Ian Mitchell President, Boundary Similkameen BC NDP Constituency Association

City Council Jan 16 2017

The first council meeting of the new year.

This meeting saw the resurrection of a topic dear to the desires of many long time residents of Grand Forks – a Community Centre. This time it’s Community Futures and Area D who are bringing it back to our attention.

Another topic, the one occupying the largest chunk of the meeting, was the signage being contemplated for informing the visitor traffic what we have to offer and where to find it.

The slices in the pie chart graphic are buttons. Click on one and a new window will open with the meeting at that point. OR you can watch the meeting in its entirety below.

Minutes RDKB REPORT Community Futures proposal for Grand Forks Community Centre facility Write-off of 1998 playground equipment (Tot Lot) Community Signs Project Early budget approval for 2017 Capital Projects Part Notice and procedure for submitting resolutions for the 2017 AKBLG Annual General Meeting Questions From Public and Media

32nd Community Christmas Dinner

Did you have a nice Christmas? Get the day off? Get lots to eat? Enjoy all of that in the company of family and friends? That’s good – these are what we hope for in this holiday season … but reality doesn’t always give us what we want or desire. Not everyone has the day off work; not everyone has family and friends to share it with.

For 32 years a group of people in this town have been working to help bring some of that essential Christmas Spirit alive for those whose situations prevent them from participating in the Christmas feast. We’re talking about the Community Christmas Dinner.

In talking with George Longden about this event I learned a lot I didn’t know. George is coordinator this year but he has been a volunteer for 22 years. He sees this as one of those opportunities to help his community – to serve the public. And that’s the best thing you can do in his eyes.

Each year the core group of a dozen volunteers starts working in November to pull off an event that lasts less than a day. With incredible support from individuals and businesses they raise thousands of dollars ($4,000 this year) and more volunteers (the numbers swelled to nearly 60 this year). Food preparation, logistics, promotion, coordination – all this is well underway by the time they begin the final stage at 9AM of Christmas Eve in the Gospel Chapel. It has to be – the doors open at Noon and everything is cleaned and put away 5 hours after that!

This year they used every chair in the house – filling the main hall and spilling over to 40 more in the foyer and 30 in the sanctuary area. The numbers tell a story: 60 volunteers working with 16 turkeys, 10 hams and 150 lbs of potatoes served up 425 meals – the most they have ever done! 60 of those were take-outs delivered to working members of essential public services such as the Border Services, Ambulance and RCMP. And a meal for anyone held in detention by them as well.

I got there about a half hour after it started and the first thing I noticed was: all the parking spots in and near the chapel were taken. When I got in I could hear the hall before I entered:  a general hubbub of people conversing with their neighbours, friends and table mates. Once inside I saw a large room full of people just getting their meals. Lots of smiling faces.

The best part of all of this: It’s free for those who eat and a big helping of spiritual nourishment for everyone who participates on either side of the table. Aside from feeding the soul they also get to dine on a full menu of turkey, ham, potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and turnips garnished with cranberry sauce gravy and stuffing, all purchased locally. They also offered vegetarian entrees and a full line of pies, cakes and cookies for dessert.

Thanks to George Longden, Paula Wolkosky, Bev Vatkin, Cherylle and Rod Smuland (in the kitchen), Dave Watts (Santa) and all the other volunteers for making this event such as successful part of our Community.