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District of Vanderhoof - Message

July 2014

Parties and paving

Wow, what a great time we’ve had at all the community events these past 2 months. We started out with Minerals North from May 21-23. What a great week it was. We not only learned about all the mining opportunities that surround us, but we also realised what we can do as a community when it comes to hosting conferences of this size.

We then honoured one of our own; Vanderhoof resident Andrew James Finnie gave his life on Juno Beach, 70 years ago on D Day. The words on this page can’t express the gratitude that each of us should have for a man who left his family for our freedom. It was great to share the day with his daughter and grandchildren.

The Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre opened on June 17th. This facility shows what we as a community can achieve, as long as we are patient. The Nechako River is incredibly important to our community and the sturgeon is a species that tells us how healthy the river is. This Recovery Centre is accepting pre-arranged tours and is now open to public tours on Thursdays from 1-3 pm.
The next event was Canada Day at Riverside Park. Staff and volunteers worked incredibly hard to make this one of the most successful Canada Days ever. Half of the community must have come to the park for food, fun, music and of course the river.

June 19th was the annual Concert in the Park. It was an amazing event, despite the last minute venue change due to the weather. This event started as one individual’s passion for music, and has turned into one of the feature events of the summer.

With all the community events it’s hard to believe that District staff have found the time to work towards fulfilling Council’s mandate. Vanderhoof was able to get some incredible paving prices, allowing Council to add five more paving projects to the list. We will see almost a million dollars of paving and sealcoating accomplished in this year’s budget.

There is a lot happening in Vanderhoof, thanks to the passion and commitment of volunteers, as well as the very hard work of municpal staff.

~ Mayor Gerry Thiessen