Last week saw the organizational meeting of the newly formed group above that I spoke about here last month…
… in which elections were held to form an executive.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this meeting but Joni MacFarlane from the Crowsnest Promoter was. Here is what she had to say about it: Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association
Alex by way of comment in a previous post asked: “So John what’s your position on this new association? Will they carry any weight in this up coming election?”
The mandate of this organization is obvious which is to promote their industry while ensuring a healthy and viable community for one and all. Through the members of their board they will endeavour to liaison on a regular basis with the CAO and senior managers, as well as from time to time with the mayor and council to resolve issues and concerns that affect growth and development in our community. (Hopefully, before they become problem issues, as what has transpired in the past.) In other words, this organization will act as an advocate when serious concerns arise.
As things evolve, I’m sure this organization will by way of an events co-ordinator organize monthly lunches for the membership as well as educational workshops and seminars. Thanks to Shane Stewart, they have already actively been engaging the Livingstone School Division with respect to pushing a symbiotic relationship between the skilled trades and our high school.
Now with respect to Alex’s question on whether this new organization will carry any weight in the upcoming election, I can say only this. Wolfgang Wendrich, as this organization’s new president (see Joni’s article above), will ^not have his tongue in his pocket. That you can take to the bank. :-) But whether as a group just starting out they will have enough clout this time around to actually make a difference in our election is highly doubtful. I think, as any group or organization in the Pass they will have an influence but no one group will call the shots. However, collectively these entities can make all the difference in the world.
With respect to the Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association again, they are on record as stating they are non-political in nature. With Wolfgang at the helm, I find that highly doubtful… which I personally have no problem with. After all, I think in the past what has been instrumental in holding our community back is all the groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures to use these two as perfect examples of organizations who failed their members and this community, in my opinion, for not standing up and being more vocal and political. In many cases, such as with the cancellation of TITV, not raising a peep even though this event meant the loss of millions of dollars to local businesses while at the same time being what put us on the map. The golden goose was killed and those most affected said nothing because they didn’t want to be perceived as being “too political”. Give me a break! Everything about business is about politics, in one way or another. The sooner people and organizations here realize that the sooner mayor and council will start receiving the direction they so desperately need.
I wish the Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association all the best… and hope to work with them collaboratively in the future.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.