District of Vanderhoof - Message

February 2016

Well, we are well on our way into 2016. Where does the time go?

Congratulations to the Vanderhoof Aquatic Society. You have almost reached your goal of $500,000. You are an amazing group and should be very proud of what you have accomplished. Your council is committed to building the Aquatic Center and are continuing our work to securing the balance of the funds needed to get this fabulous facility up and running in our town.

On January 22, 2016 Vanderhoof celebrated its 90th birthday with a grand party at Riverside Park, which included cross country ski races, music, and of course lots of food! Kudos to the District ofVanderhoof Staff for all their hard work in setting up and taking down the various tents, stages, and whatever else was needed. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the event as successful as it was. Keep your eyes and ears open as we go through 2016 as there will be more events scheduled to celebrate our 90th birthday.

Council has been working very hard on securing a Community Forest License. We have local approval and are just waiting for the provincial approval.

We have to give congratulations to our various sports teams that have qualified for provincial playoffs. Both the NVSS Sr. Girls Basketball team and the NVSS Jr. Girls Basketball Team will be heading to the Lower Mainland to compete. Our hockey teams are also heading to various zone and provincial playoffs. Vanderhoof Bantam Bears are heading to Smithers to take part in the provincial playoffs for Tier 3 Hockey. The Vanderhoof Midget Bears will be in Fraser Lake taking part in the zone tournament with the winner advancing to provincial playoffs. Good luck to all our teams that will be representing Vanderhoof. The Vanderhoof PeeWee Bears had a great weekend as they hosted their zone tournament. They lost in the final game against Prince Rupert. So, Prince Rupert advances to provincial playoffs and we wish them well.

And of note, we have made a couple of staff changes as follows. We welcome and congratulate Tom Clement as our new CAO and we welcome Hilary Irvine as the Deputy Director of Community Development. We wish them both nothing but success as they take on these new and challenging roles.

Even though the weather may feel like it, it’s not quite summer yet. So be ready for whatever the weatherman throws our way!

~ Councillor John Murphy