SUN PEAKS — Last July saw a pair of funding announcements made at Sun Peaks Resort. The first saw a $100,000 contribution for the new Health Centre at Sun Peaks from the Ministry of Health.
Today, Mayor and Council of Sun Peaks, as well as members of the Sun Peaks Health Association were joined by local MLAs Terry Lake and Todd Stone to get a first look inside the facility. While the building is still under construction, the basic layout of the centre has been completed. Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake says despite the fact that the contribution from the province, the community of Sun Peaks is the real driver behind getting this project done.
“Most of the money has come from fundraising here in the community,” Lake explained, adding “it’s emblematic of the way people in Sun Peaks do things, whether it’s getting the school going, or the health centre.”
The clinic is set to open up in October 2017. Mayor Al Raine says the community has stepped up regarding funding the building’s construction, as well as buying the necessary equipment to outfit the health centre once it’s complete.
“We’ve gone out to the community to raise $400,000 to put the equipment in this building, and we’re now at around $340,000, so we’re getting close,” Raine says.
The second part of the funding announcement last July was close to $167,000 for a new multi-use trail for the resort municipality, which would divert pedestrian traffic off the main road, and increase the safety of those walking in the resort.
The trail was built during late summer and fall and has been in use throughout the winter months. It stretches from the sun peaks fire hall, all the way to the village, and features solar-powered lights for those using it at night. Transportation Minister Todd Stone says it’s part of commitment his ministry made to increasing funding for pedestrian projects
“One of the key priorities which we heard from British Columbians was they wanted the government to spend more on cycling and multi-use paths,” Stone told CFJC Today. “This is such an exciting project for the Village of Sun Peaks when you consider… the volume of people moving from the residences to the main, core area of the resort.”
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