Fifteen items to start helping out now

Compiled by Laurie Page, Bob Toews and Kim Reich

1. Be proud of your community. Our guest speakers commented on the quality of life here and the range of amenities. We have a vibrant and growing arts and culture scene, a beautiful landscape, inviting hotsprings, warm community atmosphere, great restaurants, outdoor recreation opportunities. We have beaches, campgrounds, a ski hill, an arena and a skate park. We have rural and small town charm without sacrificing amenities. Life is great here.

2. Spread the word: The Arrow Lakes is a great place to visit and to live! All of us have friends from somewhere else who might like to come here. Tell them about this beautiful area.

3. Shop local! Spend some time in the local stores so that you know what is available and are not tempted to save up your shopping list for an out-of-town trip.

4. Support local food production. Buy everything you can from Spicer’s or at the Farmer’s Market. Talk to the farmers and find out if there is anything else they might sell that might not be in view.

5. Hold your family reunion in Nakusp. What better place to get together?

6. Be kind to visitors. When visitors experience the true hospitality of the Arrow Lakes, they come back. Some come on vacation, some as part-time residents, some come to live here. Let’s make them all feel valued.

7. Vote strategically in the CBT initiatives vote. Are there any projects that would increase the long-term economic viability of the region?

8. Be friendly and welcoming to strangers and “outsiders.” Ask people how you can help them. Ask newcomers over for coffee or out to your favourite club or activity.

9. Enjoy our hot springs. Often! Bring friends and family.

10. Tell a local business or shop owner how much you appreciate their investment of time, money, and energy in our community.

11. Volunteer. For anything. It all helps. If you have a skill or talent which the Chamber of Commerce or Nakusp and Area Development Board should know about, let them know. If you are a part time or seasonal resident, volunteer anyway. We’ll figure out how to make use of whatever you can offer.

12. Tell a village councillor, the mayor, or the director of Area K how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work on behalf of our communities. If you live and pay taxes here, tell them you are willing to pay a little bit more to support our efforts to build a stronger, sustainable economy. We can’t do it on volunteer effort alone!

13. Have a commitment to efficiency, accountability and service for both current and prospective residents and businesses.

14. Promote Kootenay living, offering all the benefits of our wilderness/natural surroundings and rural lifestyle.

15.  Be a senior friendly and welcoming community.

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