Comments by Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar during Statements (Standing Order 25B) in the Legislature on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017:
P. Milobar: It gives me great pleasure today to rise to acknowledge the great work of the Barriere Lions Club in my riding. Much like many other community groups that we have heard of in this House over the last short while, the Barriere Lions Club celebrated their 50th anniversary of doing the great community work and service in the great town of Barriere.
Now, Barriere has only been an incorporated town for around ten years now, so for the first 40 years they were actually doing it as part of an unincorporated area. It’s about 1,000 people — 1,200 people — that live in the area, and these gentlemen have provided great work, be it a gazebo in Fadear Park, their famous pancake breakfast, cutting of wood for people, early reading programs, the fall fairgrounds. The amount of work they do in that community is strictly immeasurable.
They’ve raised a little over $1 million over that 50 years, which again, for a town of 1,000 people, is quite some feat, and they really have lived up to their pledge of doing good for the community.
True to the spirit of giving that the Lions Club provide, they provided their hall to the municipality, once they became a municipality, as well as…. In terms of the true act of working selflessly for your community, they, in fact, did not organize their community dinner for themselves to celebrate their 50th anniversary. It was the community themselves that actually got together, and all of the groups that have been touched by them, to make sure that they were properly acknowledged for their 50 years of great work, and they expect to see 50 more years.
It was a great evening to attend, and I’m glad to be able to bring it forward to the House.
Source: BC Hansard (Draft transcript).