Letters to the Editor

Teamwork not yet over


Re: Graciousness in ownership, April 29 letters.

I’m delighted that Cyndie Richards took the time to write. Clearly the work of the committee has resonated with her.

However, it is very important to note the work we did, we did as a team. Our team made many suggestions; some were discarded, some were revised, some were actually transformed to a completely different point of view.

Our committee was a diverse group, yet fairly representational as a cross section of White Rock citizens: a tourism/marketing professional, someone from the arts, a business owner, a real-estate professional and a person raising a young family, who also happens to be a gifted writer.

To date we have presented our interim report to council, and presented the interim report again to  the investment and revitalization committee. We also publicly presented our completed report to council; this report was posted on the city’s website. Next, we had an open session where we re-presented the report to the public. At this session, various  other city committees attended and were invited to give their feedback. And finally, one more public session, the one Richards attended at the Centre for Active Living.

Regarding the choices, it is my understanding it will be up to the city manager to make recommendations to council, and council to approve any going forward on this project. This is as it should be. In my opinion, mayor and council deserve recognition for allowing our group to do its work.

It would be imprudent to imply in advance what their decision may be.

Part of the journey that our group went on was to search for common threads that could unite our community. At first blush it may appear that as residents, perhaps we are not always on the same page – except for one very important thing. We all care about our city and each and every one of us holds a personal and heartfelt view as to what our city is all about. It is that diversity and passion that is exactly what we do have in common.

Chris Thornley, City of White Rock branding committee chairman



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