HERITAGE IN KAMLOOPS is in dire straits.
There is currently no effective voice for the preservation of heritage in the city. The degradation of advocacy for heritage began with the abandonment of the heritage commission by the current mayor and council, and became virtually complete when they took control of St. Andrew’s on the Square from the Kamloops Heritage Society.
There was a brief hope that the heritage society would be able to transform itself into an umbrella group for heritage interests but since exiting St. Andrew’s it has floundered and may fold entirely unless somebody rides to the rescue.
But without St. Andrew’s, it’s as though it’s in an identity crisis, unable to find a purpose for itself.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.