Letters to the Editor 

Visitors Information Centre, business, in Pemberton, homeless animals, and hockey tourney thanks

Making progress in Pemberton

It is approximately six months since my appointment as your President. I believe this is a good opportunity to reflect on the recent half-year or so.

We now have a new Visitors Information Centre.

We now have an office for the Chamber.

We are now heading the Spirit Of B.C. Committee.

We have increased our membership by 25%.

We now have our first Manager, Shirley Henry, who is now getting respect and recognition for the hard work she has undertaken over the years.

We have in the past few days, delivered a thought provoking presentation to Council, regarding the economic status of the Pemberton region and how we may work together and build on that.

We are about to host an amazing event, (The Pemberton Annual Barn Dance) that includes voluntary help from the following organizations, The Pemberton Legion, The Pemberton Lions Club, The Pemberton Rotary Club, The Pemberton Fire Department & The Pemberton Soccer Association.

All of this has been achieved in such a short time and could not have been done without the tremendous support and dedication of the current Board Of Directors together with support from   our membership.

It only remains for me to thank you all for making my appointment as your President, such a worthwhile and positive experience.

Paul Selina

President of the

Pemberton and District

Chamber of Commerce



Enough trash-talking already

RE: the chamber presentation to the Village of Pemberton Tuesday, July 11

In public relations and marketing, image is everything. Perception can shift the market, which rises and falls based on sentiment, as much as anything else.

The Pemberton Chamber of Commerce’s recent campaign (front-page headlines in the Question, letters to the editor, and presentation to local government on Tuesday 11 July) to signal a warning that Pemberton is about to get flushed down the plughole of the B.C. economy, seems unlikely to stimulate economic development in the region. After all, what investor, entrepreneur or resident is likely to invest when the Chamber of Commerce is sounding the death knell? Hiring an economic development officer, as the chamber suggested, is futile when the region’s peak business representative body is saying that Pemberton is the anti-boom-town of the province, despite the visual indicators people may see driving through town.

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