I am pleased to be writing for the fourth time in Progress Magazine as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson to reflect on how innovative the Kamloops community has been to remain connected!
As the Official Opposition critic for Finance, a role which I am excited to take on, I am very proud of the work my colleagues and I do in Victoria and am honoured to be able to stand up in Question Period to ask the tough questions. The role the opposition plays is critical to shaping policy and holding the government accountable.
Kamloops businesses have always been innovative; but the pandemic has truly amplified just how innovative and resilient they are. Staying connected throughout these past years has been so important. Kamloops businesses and organizations have done a phenomenal job at staying connected with staff and stakeholders, but also with our larger community.
While there are the obvious ways of remaining connected, like Zoom, many organizations in the tourism sector have gone above and beyond to keep our community engaged and up to date. From virtual meetings and events, to take home activities, and even stay-cation packages at local hotels, Kamloops has been able to be informed and connected like never before.
Many charities and not for profits in our community were able to put forward creative ways to continue to communicate their message with the people of Kamloops. Virtual dinners and tours hosted by organizations such as The United Way, Boogie the Bridge and Basics for Babies were some of my favourite annual events to support. These organizations were able to show a much larger picture of the important work they do. There was an incredible show of resilience by the people in our community who do such important work.
Legions in our community were also able to innovate and grow. Over the last two years we have seen virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Although it is not the same as all coming together at cenotaphs throughout our community, hosting the virtual ceremony allowed for more people in our community to reflect on the sacrifice that our veterans made.
Kamloops is growing and this is all thanks to the ability to work remotely. Many people are choosing to move to Kamloops away from urban centres because of our amazing community. Allowing employees to work from home means home can be anywhere. Many organizations in the service sector stepped up during a challenging time and have come through bigger and better, expanding services to the region throughout floods, fires and a pandemic. Communicate, innovate, and grow; all things employers and organizations have done in our community during the course of this pandemic.
We have a lot to be proud of here in Kamloops and in the North Thompson and I am very proud to represent the amazing people of this community alongside my fellow MLA Todd Stone.
My greatest concern is to ensure the needs of the constituents in the Kamloops – North Thompson riding are met. I am always happy to hear from constituents to help in any way I can and to advocate for the issues that matter to you.