On Oct. 20, Greater Vernon will vote on borrowing a portion of the cost to build a new Cultural Centre that would house the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives and multi-use rooms so our community has the opportunities it deserves to experience culture, our heritage and so much more.
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The availability of such resources is critical to the development of our young people, especially in today’s digital age. These types of facilities transform our youth into leaders who then become positive contributors in our local communities. These facilities and resources also bring our children together which allows them to strive for common goals. The Cultural Centre would also create jobs and bring in tourism. It truly sounds like a long-term win for our community.
I strongly support the initiative to invest in a new Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. Such an investment is long overdue as our public art gallery and the Vernon museum have been shuffled around spaces that cannot safely house the art and artifacts that are part of our cultural heritage. We have an interesting history and talented arts scene that will thrive even more with an improved facility. A new cultural centre will contribute to a vibrant downtown and make our community more attractive to current residents and those considering making the greater Vernon area their home. I’ll be voting yes on October 20 and encourage you to as well. It’s an investment in a positive future for our home.
We are fortunate in Vernon to have a number of facilities that contribute to quality of life and make Greater Vernon a special place to live, visit and do business. Adding a much-needed Cultural Centre will make our community stronger as it will be an important gathering place for people to better experience our history, art and culture.
The North Okanagan continues to prove popular with people wanting to relocate and businesses wanting to invest, but increasingly, they are considering what amenities a community has before they decide to move. While Greater Vernon has taken significant steps forward with sports facilities, the major missing piece is culture. Parents want to enrol their children in programs but the current museum and art gallery are limited by space, while a lack of climate control and other infrastructure prevents national travelling exhibits from coming to the community. As we all know, the need to expand the economy is vital in the North Okanagan so our young people have opportunities here, and to attract new businesses, including high-tech, we need to offer amenities that will keep them active and enriched after hours. And finally, the location of the cultural centre will help add vitality to the downtown core, which will benefit restaurants and nearby businesses. For all of these reasons, I am voting yes for culture Oct. 20.