Hopefully everyone had a safe and enjoyable BC day long weekend and had a chance to spend time with friends and family.
Recent tragedies near the shores of Skaha Lake and Johnson’s Landing serve us reminders of the precious gift of life and how suddenly we may lose a loved one. Please join me in sharing our profound remorse for those families who have recently suffered great loss.
As the former Minister for B.C. Parks, there are few activities I enjoy more than witnessing an active and vibrant B.C. park full of families having fun. It is very encouraging to learn that reservations for B.C. Parks is at an all time high and that many of the 65 new parks created during the past decade are increasingly being enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts.
As there is still a month to go of summer fun I am hopeful that you and your family have a chance to visit a BC Park sometime in the near future. Also a reminder that reservations at BC Parks can be made online at https://secure.camis.com/DiscoverCamping/Home.aspx
On a different theme, over the next decade British Columbia is expected to have over one million job openings and by 2020, skilled jobs are expected to exceed the supply of skilled workers by over 61,000 positions.
For today’s youth, it is critically important to be aware of what opportunities will be in short supply and “in demand” for the years ahead that are fast approaching. It is for these reasons that the BC Government has created an innovative new program called “jobs fest”.
Jobs Fest is a unique program that travels the province to provide information to youth and young adults on future career options that may be of interest. JobsFest will be in Penticton at Gyro Park from August 10 to 12.
This is a great opportunity for all BC citizens to learn more about the multitude of new and different future job openings and I strongly encourage young students to attend this rock concert like venue. For more information please visit http://www.jobfest2012.ca
Lastly this week I would like to invite all citizens of the Okanagan to come and visit Penticton to take in one of the many great events occurring during this year’s Peachfest celebrations.
For roughly 60 years Peachfest has been offering free events that entertain young and old alike and this year will occur through August 8 to 12. I would also like to thank in advance the many volunteers and sponsors who give tirelessly and work hard to ensure that this event is such a great success. For more information please visit http://www.peachfest.com