fine resigns 

Robert Fine has resigned as economic development officer of the Sea to Sky Economic Development Commission amid rumours the commission may disband entirely. Squamish Mayor Corrine Lonsdale, who chairs the commission, announced Fine’s resignation Wednesday. Fine, who has been with the Sea to Sky Economic Development Commission since 1990, has accepted a position as general manager for the Kamloops Economic Development Corporation. He will assume his new duties Jan. 7, 1997. A press release announcing Fine’s resignation states: "The future of the Sea to Sky Economic Development Commission will be determined when the Board of Directors meets in early December." The commission was formed in 1988 to assist corridor communities in economic diversification and becoming less reliant on a resource economy. The commission is partially funded by the province. Fine said in the release he was pleased with his new position but will miss the Sea to Sky corridor. "I have been blessed to have had the chance to work in such a dynamic area and wish to thank so many in the corridor for the tremendous support that I received over the past years. I may be moving on, but Sea to Sky will always fondly hold a place in my heart." o o o A week after Forest Renewal B.C. opened an office in Mount Currie the Squamish Forest District office learned that it will lose up to one-third of its staff due to government cutbacks. District Manager Paul Kuster confirmed the cutbacks early this week. They are believed to take effect early in the new year. Meanwhile, the Mount Currie Forest Renewal B.C. Community Co-ordinator office opened for business last week. The office which will have three part-time staff, is being funded with $78,750 of Forest Renewal B.C.’s money. The office was created as a result of a proposal by the Mount Currie Band on behalf of the Squamish and Lillooet Watershed Committees. Responsibilities of the new office include: assisting with the development of proposals to funding agencies (including FRBC), acting as a liaison between various interests in the community, monitoring FRBC activities, policies, programs and funding envelopes, identifying existing and potential employment and value-added opportunities, developing a library, filing system and information base, developing a long-term strategy for maintaining communications and partnerships.


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