L–R: Angela Harrison-Mowbray

L–R: Angela Harrison-Mowbray

BRIEFS: 2010 business awards; school board

The Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting and announced its 2010 business award winners.

  • Feb. 1, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting and announced its 2010 business award winners.

Busiwness of the Year went to People’s Pharmacy in 2010. They also earned Employee Service of the Year. Troy Clark was present to accept the award.

Best Home-based Business went to Debbie Guest’s Catering.

Retail Excellence went to Dogsense Boutique.

Food Service Excellence went to Chumley’s Restaurant.

Tourism and Hospitality Award went to the Nakusp Museum.

In the same meeting, chamber president Kim Reich announced they are developing a back-country trail map similar to that of Revelstoke’s pamphlet.

Reich also said in her report that they are working with the Nakusp Elementary School parent advisory council to come up with funding for a “penny carnival.”

This means all kinds of carney games to include at the regular fairs and celebrations, such as knocking down bottles, throwing rings and more.

As for the future, Reich is hoping to acquire funding to attend trade fairs this year, particularly in areas such as Calgary and Kelowna. She said targeting these places can promote tourism growth.

School board working to keep Burton elementary open “at all cost”

At the latest school board meeting, board chair Patti Adam and the rest of the board agreed to try and keep Burton Elementary School open “at all cost.”

In an interview with the Arrow Lakes News, Adam said there were two things that could take down the school at this point – incredibly low enrollment, or a major funding loss at a government level.

“For instance, looking at 2013, we have an anticipated enrollment of nine children,” Adam said. “At that point, we’ll take a look at it again for possibly closure.”

MLA appointed new senior and long-term care critic

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy was recently appointed by interim leader Dawn Black to be the critic for seniors and long-term care for the NDP.

In an email interview with the Arrow Lakes News, Conroy announced she was very happy with this position, and recognizes the importance and hard work it comes with.

“I will be a voice for seniors of the province, dealing with the issues that are specific to them,” she said.