Let me begin by saying how honoured I am to have an opportunity to address the people of Oceanside each month. This forum has provided me an opportunity to express the will of the business community on a number of issues. I want to thank the Oceanside Star for being such a strong and valuable partner to the Chamber.
As this year comes to a close, I find myself looking back. As with every year, I find joy, kindness, triumph, innovation, love, laughter and music. As with every other year, I find sadness, tragedy, struggles, hardship and fear. After sifting through it all, I find myself very optimistic about the future of Parksville.
I know there have been many differing opinions over the past few months, and some of the debate has become quite heated. It demonstrates our passion and commitment for our community. Few other places have this level of involvement from the citizens, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
These are pivotal times for our community, our province, our country and our planet. As our societies, economies and governments emerge from their infancy, it is incumbent upon each of us to make sure that we stake our claim on how we see the future. In Parksville, we are doing just that, and I am proud to be a part of it.
I recently attended an OCP Community Advisory Committee meeting, and I was so pleased to hear views emerge from a variety of positions. I believe that the broadest possible spectrum of views are represented in that committee, yet every member of the committee behaved in a professional and respectful manner that leaves me filled with optimism and enthusiasm for this process going forward. We are united by our common interest, to help shape the best community possible.
2011 is going to be a great year for Parksville as we begin to shape a future. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a joyous and prosperous New Year.
Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce