The Retire Kitimat Task Force held a special Open House at the Kitimat Public Library in the evening Wednesday, April 28th. This gave people a chance to look over the brochures, talk to the task force, review the website and learn more about the benefits of retiring in Kitimat, dubbed playground on the Pacific Inland Coast.
“Tonight, we are showcasing what we have already accomplished and we have invited the public to come and take a look at where we are at in terms of getting the campaign up and going. Some people were curious and we thought this would be a good opportunity for people to come out and have a look. There has been a lot of support in the community and we felt that we should return that support with an open house,” said Margaret Sanou.
The campaign is ready to start in May. They plan to send their brochure to information centres and ferries. There is advertising in a number of publications reaching, 604,000 readers, and their website is almost ready to go.
The website, www.retirekitimat.ca
, will feature slide shows so people have a chance to see what the town is like. Details on medical services, transportation and recreation, the latter focuses on the channel, river and in the forest. In addition, there is a section on art and culture in the community.
Sanou explained retirees would be drawn by activities. There is a lot offered in terms of recreational activities provided by the local pool, the seniors centre, the golf course, cross country skiing, hiking, boating, fishing and opportunities to volunteer. “There are so many clubs. Probably any interest you have, most likely, we have a club for it. We feature all those things on our website so people can see a wide range of activities from bridge to quilting to cross country skiing to learning to fly, all kinds of things that you can do if you live in Kitimat and are retiring,” said Sanou.
She also explained an opportunity to have a family doctor is a big thing to retirees as in many communities in Alberta, it is impossible to find a family doctor. Another draw is the slow pace of life in not having to deal with traffic jams. Kitimat is also a lot safer than other communities. She cited a low record of home invasions on elderly as an example.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan took a moment to thank Sanou at the Open House. “You’ve run with it very very very well. I just felt proud of you and all the people who work on the committee because I think it’s a necessary thing for our community of Kitimat and it’s going to be in the future as it is now. This is a great great asset. Thank you very much for the effort your putting into it,” said Monaghan.
Elaine Kricken and Sally Rigoni look at the website.
The room was well occupied.