Funding announcement for two projects in Sun Peaks

By Adam Donnelly
July 29, 2016 - 4:45pm Updated: July 29, 2016 - 7:23pm

SUN PEAKS, B.C. — For years, Sun Peaks Resort has been lobbying, and raising funds for a new full service Health Centre in the resort municipality. Today, that effort got a boost, thanks to a sizeable contribution from the BC Liberal Government. Along with that contribution to the health centre, there was another sizeable, yet unexpected windfall for the community.

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It was a good day for the resort municipality of sun peaks Friday, as Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake made a pair of significant funding announcements for that community.

“We’ve been working with [Sun Peaks] for quite a while on the Health Centre,” said Lake. “They had [also] applied for some money through Bike BC, and [Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd] Stone’s ministry for a multi-use path. Those are both, of course, health initiatives, so coming together… to make both announcements only made sense.”

For those who have bee advocating for the Health Centre for nearly two decades, the announcement was hugely gratifying.

“It’s a wonderful accomplishment to see the building happen,” said John Hatchett, president of the Sun Peaks Health Association.

Hatchett has been involved with the sun peaks health association since the late 90’s - and says the community needs a facility which offers the full spectrum of health services.

Along with the $100,000 for the Health Centre, there was an additional $166,000 for multi-use paths which will connect the burgled chair, with the village. Mayor Al Raine says the paths will increase the safety of guests and residents at Sun Peaks.

“As the traffic increases here in Sun Peaks, we started to get a little more worried,” the mayor told CFJC Today. “ …We had a bad accident a year ago, which made us think ‘It’s time to get a bike path/walkway that’s off the highway, so that people going between the Berfield area and the Village in a safe manner.”

The municipality plans to have the pathway completed by the time the snow flies this winter. The new Health Centre is slated for opening in early 2017.

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