A GEMS Education campus in the Spud Valley. Village of Pemberton officials travelling to England to meet with Live Nation representatives. An arena or pool for the town to call its own.
All of the above are ideas that were floated or initiatives that were taken in attempts to attract an independent school to the region, revive the Pemberton Festival of 2008 or increase recreational opportunities for residents.
That none of these pursuits (some of which go back six years or more) panned out speaks to the amount of time and effort the village has put into these plans.
So with all of that in mind, it gives us great satisfaction to see all of these projects coming to fruition through some key announcements over the past week.
And what a week itís been for Pemberton: an impromptu concert to launch a massive, new music festival coming in 2014, later coupled with The Hill Academy declaring its intent to establish a school in the village and partner up to help design what will likely be the Sea to Skyís only field house suitable for indoor sport on a large scale.
Given that all of these lengthy processes have taken place during the near-entirety of Jordan Sturdyís eight years as mayor, one can easily see why, on a personal level, heíd want to still be around at the head of the council table to see them move towards a conclusion, as opposed to ending his term early to focus on the B.C. Legislature as he could have.
Much credit goes to staff at the village office over the years to help bring these projects to the point where they are now. The announcements of the Pemberton Music Festival and Hill Academy agreement are truly significant for the community in that they will provide a much-needed economic boost, create full-time jobs and eventually bring dozens of bright young minds to the valley to pursue their academic and athletic goals.
We also salute officials with the Hill Academy for recognizing that Pemberton will provide a wonderful setting for the institution to situate its second campus, as the schoolís mandate of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle is one that will be shared by its new neighbours.
Furthermore, the Den Duyf family has shown tremendous generosity in working with the village to provide a suitable site for the future recreation facility.
But most importantly, the Sunstone Group deserves many tips of the cap for making investments in the Pemberton community that look like they will have long-lasting impact.
Sunstone is a key partner in both the private school and the festival, holding the land that both projects will occupy, while the groupís residential subdivision that continues moving forward will greatly impact Pembertonís future look.
We would be remiss if we didnít also mention Sunstoneís recent purchase of The Meadows at Pemberton ó it acquired a golf course that has faced past financial challenges and made capital improvements to it while keeping it the most affordable place to play in the Sea to Sky.
As stated by group president Neil Colquhoun in the Hill Academy announcement, we believe Sunstone truly is achieving its goal of building ďa vibrant community in the Pemberton Valley.Ē