In the small community of Sicamous, 2023 was a year filled with change and accomplishment. Mayor Colleen Anderson and her council worked tirelessly to set strategic priorities for the town, focusing on areas such as municipal assets, health and wellness, housing, community safety, recreation and tourism, and economic growth.
One of the key priorities for the council was community health care, with a specific emphasis on the Shuswap Healing Centre. The Centre aims to provide accessible health care options for residents, and an expression of interest for participation in the facility received an overwhelmingly positive response. Construction of the centre is set to begin in early 2024, thanks to the responsible financial management of the council and the full funding from grants and capital reserves.
Housing also took center stage in Sicamous, with initiatives to support long-term housing options in the town. The District contributed land for the construction of 37 units of affordable housing for seniors, in partnership with the Eagle Valley Senior Citizen’s Housing Society and BC Housing. Additionally, collaboration with Western Canadian Properties Group Ltd. is underway to build long-term rental housing on Main Street. This project aims to cater to the needs of a diverse range of residents and includes a mixed-use apartment complex with commercial space.
Mayor Anderson and her council should be commended for their dedication to serving the community of Sicamous. Through their hard work, they have laid the foundation for a vibrant and thriving town in the Okanagan and Similkameen area.