Dear Editor:

I would really like to shine the light on a few trailblazers and incredible business owners within our community.

This year I was the main operator here for the Regional Composting Pilot Program in partnership with Groundswell and the Regional District. I owe a big part of my success to the participation and support provided by:

A&W

Arrowhead Brewery

Black Forest Steak and Schnitzel

Columbia Gardens

Fuze

Fubuki Sushi

Gerrys Gelati

Home Hardware

Kicking Horse Coffee

Radium Mountainside Market

Rocky River Grill

The View at Copper Point

For the duration of the program, I was able to remove over one ton of waste a week from our landfill and recycle it into nutrient dense compost. The value of such a process is incredible and I could not have done it without the support of many.

Others I would like to thank for their responsible waste management and ongoing support are Resonate Organic Juicery, Circle Health and Circle Cafe, AG Valley Foods, Kootenay Coffee Works, the District of Invermere, Vital Grounds Land Design and WildSafe, to name a few.

I would also like to thank the residents who took part in the program and voiced their opinion. You could still provide any feedback, opinions and suggestions regarding the composting program to patsylussier@gmail.com. I would be happy to bring these along to debriefs with our policymakers as we discuss the future of such a program in our region.

Kindest regards,

Patsy Lussier

Invermere