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Posted: October 4, 2011

Welcome to Kootenay Country a hit at UBCM

The ‘Welcome to Kootenay Country’ initiative took part in the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (UBCM) in Vancouver last week, utilizing the same exhibit that was showcased successfully in Richmond’s “Ozone” during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

This unique partnership of the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay/Boundary and East Kootenay and Columbia Power Corporation proved to be immensely popular once again, with visitors from across the province stopping by to visit the booth. Conference participants had the opportunity to learn what makes life in the Kootenays special through the exhibit’s overview of lifestyle, commercial and service amenities, as well as economic and tourism opportunities.

This year, the Welcome to Kootenay Country booth offered something new to highlight this special part of the province – a ‘Magical Tour of the Kootenays.’ UBCM attendees had the opportunity to win a five day spring/summer or winter getaway to Kootenay County or a grand prize of a both seasonal trips, highlighting recreation, accommodation, dining and attractions in a variety of communities in the West Kootenay/Boundary and East Kootenay regions.

“I have never won anything in my life, said grand prize winner Herman Halvorson, Chair of the Regional District of North Okanagan. I am absolutely elated and ecstatic to start my golf vacation in the West Kootenay/Boundary.”

“We are so pleased that we were able to be part of this event again, said Audrey Repin, Director of Stakeholder Relations for Columbia Power. We received many, many positive comments; the feedback from visitors to our booth was tremendous. The success of “Welcome to Kootenay Country is proof of the dedication and hard work of the organizing team. Mayor Ann Henderson of Salmo, Councillor Janine Haughton of Salmo, Electoral Area Director Wendy Booth from the Regional District of East Kootenay and Marguerite Rotvold, Chair of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary have all worked passionately on this initiative. Columbia Power is very proud to be part of this group.”

More information on the Kootenay Country display can be obtained by contacting Mayor Ann Henderson at 250-551-2247 or Audrey Repin at 250-304-6044.

Kathleen Hart/Columbia Power Corporation

Minister Ida Chong draws the winning name for the grand prize as the organizing team for the Welcome to Kootenay Country initiative looks on. To Chong's left is RDEK Electoral Area F director Wendy Booth.

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