RDCK Celebrates 50th Birthday

NELSON— The Regional District of Central Kootenay will celebrate its 50th birthday on November 30th and to celebrate, it’s offering the public a 50 cent admission fee at four of its recreation centres—Castlegar, Creston, Nelson and Salmo. 

“This is our way of symbolizing and honouring this special day, as well as showing our residents how much we value and appreciate them,” said Karen Hamling, the RDCK Board Chair. 

Back in 1965, the newly created RDCK employed two staff and had an annual budget of $39,000. Today, the organization employs approximately 350 people and has a budget of over $55 million. 

“We’ve grown and evolved over the past 50 years to reflect the needs and wants of our public,” said Hamling. “Today, we deliver and/or fund nearly 165 services in the most cost-efficient, quality manner we can.”

The RDCK offers a wide range of services throughout the region, such as emergency management, water systems, waste management, recreation, planning, fire protection and grants (to learn more about services and the RDCK’s role, visit http://www.rdck.ca/EN/main/government/welcome.html).

The RDCK also has the following activities planned to commemorate this 50thmilestone: 
• a quiz titled “How Well Do You Know Your RDCK” with a prize pack for the winner
• the dedication of a time capsule, which will be opened in 2065
• the planting of 50 trees on RDCK land throughout the region in spring 2016
• the creation of a virtual scrapbook, which will document photos and memories of former and current RDCK employees and elected officials.

“RDCK elected officials and staff consider it a privilege to serve our communities and work with our residents,” said Hamling. “We are proud to be the Central Kootenay’s regional government.” 


How well do you know the RDCK?  Click here to take the quiz.

For further information, please contact: 
Anitra Winje
Corporate Officer

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