Lake Country Residents invited to gather June 7th to celebrate community and talk about growth

Lake Country, BC - On June 7th at 7pm, Lake Country residents will gather forOn Point: Choosing Our Future in Lake Country, a casual evening of meaningful community conversation themed around what residents love about Lake Country and the local challenges relating to growth and change in the community.

On Point will kick off several community engagement sessions throughout the summer as part of the District's plan to update the Official Community Plan, a guiding document common to every municipality in British Columbia that takes a 25" year glimpse into the community's future.

"An OCP is really about guiding and managing change in the community," says Mark Koch, Director of Community Services for the District. "The final document will reflect the community's vision, values and plans for change and will help Council when making decisions on important issues such as housing, land use, transportation, our natural environment, economic development, and recreation, for example. OCP's are typically updated every 5 to 10 years, but their long-term vision means they set a course for many decades."

The kick-off event will feature a community panel and discussion amongst local music, art, poetry, food, and drink. "This event takes the traditional open house or town hall and flips it on its head by using the arts and community storytellers to inspire more in-depth community conversation," says Daylin Mantyka, event organizer with local consulting group, Urban Systems. "We're taking the success of our On Point event that supported the ,ImagineKelowna initiative last fall and bringing it to Lake Country, a place with a strong existing sense of community."

Considering the recent challenges the community has faced with flooding in the area, On Point: Choosing Our Future in Lake Country will be an evening to celebrate this great community and an opportunity for residents to provide input on its future. "Conversations with impacted residents on planning the community flood recovery will take place at a separate public meeting once representation by the various government organizations is confirmed," said Koch.

A community vision cannot be created without consulting the community. The District is asking residents from all wards to show up, participate, and share what makes Lake Country the best place to live in BC. The event is free and a cash bar will be available.

On Point: Choosing Our Future in Lake Country

Wednesday, June 7th. Beasley Community Centre 3450 Woodsdale Road, Lake Country, BC

Doors open at 6:30pm, program starts at 7pm.

Please RSVP here:

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About Choosing Our Future

Choosing Our Future is the District of Lake Country's new Official Community Plan (OCP), a guiding document common to every municipality in British Columbia. Choosing Our Future will take a 25" year glimpse into the future of the District of Lake Country and will reflect the District's vision, values, and plans for change. To update the OCP, the District will engage with community members throughout the summer of 2017. On Point: Choosing Our Future in Lake Country kicks off the series of summer community engagement activities on June 7th at the Beasley Community Centre.

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About the District of Lake Country

The District of Lake Country is home to over 13,000 residents, and is comprised of four distinct neighbourhoods or wards: Oyama, Winfield, Carr's Landing and Okanagan Centre. Over the years, each of the four neighbourhoods have retained the stories of their own rich histories and cultural lives. Incorporated as a district in 1995, Lake Country is located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. As one of the fastest-growing municipalities in BC, it is a creative and forward-thinking community, actively building a vibrant future for all of Lake Country's residents. Although the area is famous for its lakes, orchards and award-winning wineries, residents are diversely employed in the agriculture, retail, manufacturing, construction, health care, social assistance, and forestry industries.


For more information contact:

Mayor James Baker

Mark Koch, Director of Community Services
District of Lake Country