Similkameen Country wraps 2015 and prepares for 2016


With just one event left to go, Similkameen Country is wrapping up another successful year.

 

With just one event left to go, Similkameen Country is wrapping up another successful year.

Final preparations are underway for Light Up, which kicks off Friday night at 5:30 p.m. with the annual Christmas parade.

“It’s been a great year,” president Chris Mathieson said at the recent Annual General Meeting and open house at the Info Centre. “We’re really looking forward to another year and building on our successes.”

Despite a smoky August, visitors to the Info Centre this year were up more that 2,000 people.

From May to September, 7,536 visitors stopped by the Info Centre up from 4,924 in 2014.

“It was a direct result from the beautiful weather that we enjoyed, our low dollar that brought back the American tourists and of course the Regional Marketing Strategy with the branding of the Similkameen,” manager of the Info Centre Colleen Christensen said in her annual report at the AGM.

During the AGM positions were elected for directors, and executive of Similkameen Country.

Returning in his role as president is Chris Mathieson and Shannon Forner will continue her role as vice president. Janice Uebelhardt took on the role as secretary/treasurer.

Directors this year include Anna Bartlett, Joan Bauman, Emmy Woroby, Gary Elliott, and Tara Bowie.

The committee, which includes almost all the same members as last year, has their work cut out for them with the upcoming 15th annual Similkameen Sizzle in September 2016 and the idea of changing the date of Taste of Our Valley from fall to possibly spring and adding extra components to the well attended event.

If anyone is interested in joining Similkameen Country or becoming a director contact Colleen Christensen at the Info Centre for more details.

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