Columbia Power Teams Up With RDEK

CASTLEGAR, BC – Columbia Power has teamed up with the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary, Central Kootenay and East Kootenay to showcase the Kootenays to British Columbia at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention.

Approximately 2,000 delegates from 196 member communities will gather in Vancouver this week for the UBCM’s 110th annual convention, themed Navigating the Local Landscape.

“We are so pleased to be a part of the team taking the Welcome to Kootenay Country display to this year’s convention,” says Audrey Repin, Director of Stakeholder and External Relations for Columbia Power Corporation. “At past venues, the booth has received recognition for being the only collaborative display of various communities – a true reflection of the Kootenays.”

This year’s Convention theme, Navigating the Local Landscape, fits perfectly with the goals of the Kootenay Country booth: showcase the Kootenays and individual communities to a widespread audience and highlight the wide variety of recreation, accommodation, and tourism attractions that our area has to offer.

Representatives from local communities take turns participating at the booth, providing information on the region and highlighting our distinct piece of the province.

Columbia Power is a Crown corporation wholly owned and controlled by the Province of British Columbia. Columbia Power’s mandate is to manage assets and undertake power project investments as the agent of the Province. For more info about Columbia Power, please visit

Photo Caption:

Representatives showcasing the Welcome to Kootenay Country booth at the 2012 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference. Left to right: Dieter Bogs, Mayor of Trail; Anne Henderson, Mayor of Salmo and RDCK Municipality of Salmo; Jane Walter, RDEK Area E; Audrey Repin, Columbia Power Corporation; Wendy Booth, RDEK Area F; Dean McKerracher, RDEK District of Elkford.

For further information, please contact:

Bree Seabrook
Manager, Communications
Columbia Power Corporation
Tel: 250.304.6021
Cell: 250.608.0757

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RDEK Wins Provincial Excellence Award

RDEK Wins Provincial Excellence Award for Communications During Recent Flooding The Regional District of East Kootenay has been honoured for its communications strategy during the recent flooding.

The RDEK was selected as a winner of the Union of BC Municipalities Community Excellence Award for Best Practices, Civic Engagement for its Regional Snapshot. “This summer, we experienced an unprecedented emergency event in the East Kootenay with flooding happening in several Electoral Areas and municipalities simultaneously. The impacts were felt across the region and back roads, highways, infrastructure and the Elko Dam were also affected,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “The Regional Snapshot was developed by our Communications Manager Loree Duczek as a way to provide a summary of all of the major events being actioned across the region. It was distributed once a day and became a concise snapshot of some of the major flood response occurring along with information such as weather forecasts and Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance program details.”

The UBCM Community Excellence Award for Best Practices, Civic Engagement recognizes a specific initiative that brings local government and its activities to the forefront of discussion in communities; improves public accountability and awareness; and, increases public participation and/or understanding of local government processes.

“The RDEK’s Regional Snapshot was distributed to thousands of people during the course of the flooding, was used extensively by media and a host of other organizations including hotels and Chambers of Commerce to help keep both residents and visitors informed about the impacts of the flooding. It increased awareness about the Emergency Program and emergency response, and most certainly increased engagement,” adds Gay. “For a local government to raise awareness and achieve citizen engagement is always significant; however, for us to be recognized for excellence during a historic emergency situation makes this award that much more meaningful.”

Chair Gay, Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter and Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth accepted the award on behalf of the RDEK during last week’s UBCM Convention in Vancouver.

For more information:   Rob Gay
RDEK Board Chair

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Join the Lake Windermere Ambassadors Watershed Tour!

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RDEK – Board Highlights – September 2013

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • Hosmer Flood Related Projects
  • Cherry Creek Park Lic of Operation
  • Elk Valley Community Planning
  • MLA Letter re: Koocanusa Concerns
  • RDEK Representative to CBT
  • Hotel Room Tax Extension
  • Coal Discovery Trail Transfer
  • BC Rural Development Strategy
  • Letter of Thanks to the Youngs
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid

BC Lieutenant Governor Visits Fairmont Hot Springs

As the Lieutenant Governor of BC toured the East Kootenay this week, one
of her stops was in Fairmont to view the new Lions Community Den and
take part in a Meet and Greet with the community.

During her visit, she was given a keepsake ornament by Area F Director
Wendy Booth and a bouquet of flowers by the Fairmont Lions. The bouquet
was presented by Ashley McDiarmid who is the great, great, great, great
niece of The Honourable Edgar Dewdney, who was the 5th Lieutenant
Governor of BC.

A special thanks to the Fairmont Lions Club for hosting the event!

Pictured L to R: Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth, Ashley McDiarmid, and Her Honour The Honourable Lieutenant Governor of BC Judith Guichon

Pictured: Ashley McDiarmid was all smiles after being given a special Government House coin by The Honourable Lieutenant Governor of BC, Judith Guichon. Guichon is the first Lieutenant Governor of BC to design her own coin.

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