By Dean Midyette

Pioneer Publisher

It is 11 months away until we return to the polls to elect a provincial government and, more importantly, our local MLA. To date, the Liberals have elected Doug Clovechok as their candidate and incumbent Norm MacDonald is resigning his seat after three terms. Only two people have announced that they will seek the NPD nomination: current Invermere mayor Gerry Taft and former Invermere councillor Spring Hawes.

The fact that all of the people currently seeking the local seat in the Legislature are residents of the Columbia Valley speaks volumes of the depth of the leadership that exists within our community.

Consider our local government representatives: they consistently make decisions that are progressive and informed and have the support of a majority of their constituents.

We have a large and varied group of service and not-for-profit organizations with strong executive directors and board members who are constantly evaluating the needs of our communities. They boast a legion of volunteers who assist with everything from project planning to fundraising.

Our business community is awash with innovators, who provide the majority of employment opportunities for families in the valley, and who remain committed to supporting local initiatives.

Our local sports programs are successful due to the time and energy provided by the coaches and parent volunteers.

Our children receive a world-class education from dedicated professionals, many of whom volunteer their time outside the classroom for the benefit of our students.

Its no wonder that the next person elected to represent us in Victoria will call the Columbia Valley home. After all, they come from a community of leaders.