The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is a vast and diverse region blessed with an exceptional abundance of scenic beauty. Our lakes and our mountains, our beaches and our valleys are a tremendous asset to all who live, work and play in our area.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District also offers a unique combination of rural and urban life. We have everything from farmland to charming towns and cities to lakeside resorts and ski hills.
But we are also more than scenery. We are about the people who live here. They are people who place a high value on both the natural environment and a healthy, vibrant, economically sustainable lifestyle. We have active involvement from so many people across the region, which fosters a community spirit that is both self-reliant and cooperative.
I feel I can speak for myself and the other elected CSRD officials in saying we understand the gravity of the trust and responsibility you have bestowed upon us to help steer the direction of our region. Having been on this Board for more than two decades, I am honoured to return for another term and continue the important work of serving our constituents.
Despite the CSRD's longevity, some residents still do not understand the impact our regional district has on their daily lives. We encompass a huge range of programs and services. We help plan developments, inspect buildings for safety and operate landfills, water systems and fire departments. We run parks, help attract tourism and business opportunities and are there to help in emergency situations. I would invite you to take a look at the CSRD's website to get a true feeling for what we do and how it affects your daily life.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to continuing to serve the people of this region in an open, honest and respectful manner during the term ahead. As elected officials, we welcome your input and feedback and encourage you to contact us so we can do our best to assist you.
In closing, I would like to thank our staff, firefighters, community organizations and volunteers for their work, involvement and, especially their collaboration. Your efforts truly do make a difference.
Rhona Martin, Board Chair