With 2019 coming to a close, and as we reflect on the past year, I wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year! As Elkford’s Mayor and a proud member of the community, I am overjoyed at the successful year that we have had. Please join me in reflecting on some of 2019’s accomplishments, each a direct reflection of the collective effort and determination of employees, community members and volunteers who all share the same goal of making Elkford a better place to live, work and play.
Since April, we have been serving the community from the new municipal office! I am proud to report that this $2.5 million project came in on budget and is a testament to the District’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability. It meets the BC Energy Code’s step 3, the highest possible step for a commercial building, and is a vital community hub that will serve the community well into the future.
In June, following a five-year partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) through its Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) International Program, the District was awarded the FCM 2019 International Award for Institutions. This program was designed to support municipalities in Latin America in their efforts to manage the impacts of mining development, and to promote sustainable economic growth for their citizens.
In addition, we are driving on newly paved roads in the downtown area, keeping active on new outdoor exercise equipment at the Devonian Park, enjoying the multi-generational Devonian playground, basking in the success of our two keystone community events: Winter in the Wild and Wildcat Days, and participating in continued partnerships with several community groups toward the betterment of Elkford.
It would be impossible to list every accomplishment, so instead, and most importantly, I want to thank all employees, citizens and volunteers of the District for their continued dedication and effort. Without you, living in our community would not be as fulfilling and rewarding as it is.
Mayor McKerracher, Council and employees of the District of Elkford.