The Retire Kitimat Task Force, headed up by Margaret Sanou has achieved its first success in attracting a retired couple to Kitimat.
Margaret and her group of twelve dedicated volunteers have accomplished a lot since February. A "Retire in Kitimat" pamphlet has been completed and is being distributed throughout the community as well as to Tourist Information Centres and other locations across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, including the BC Ferries.
Advertisements promoting Kitimat as a great retirement community have been placed in a number of newspapers and magazines, two national publications as well as various western Canada publications. RV World is one of the magazines sporting a full colour ad and is on the newstand now, available free of charge at Overwaitea.
A website has been developed at www.retirekitimat.ca
which offers a Discovery Tour to people interested in coming to Kitimat to retire. The first couple to respond to the website offer of a tour is from Drumheller, AB, Larry and Kathy Walker. Margaret Sanou and Corinne Scott, who is also a recent new retiree to Kitimat, provided a tour to the Walkers on June 3rd. They were very impressed with the amenities that Kitimat has to offer, particularly the hospital and recreational opportunities.
As a result of their visit and tour, the Walker's have purchased a house in Kitimat and will take possession in mid July.
The Retire Kitimat Task Force is continually working towards attracting newcomers to the community, and 'branding' the Kitimat Valley as the "Playground of the Pacific Inland Coast". A number of charter fisherman and guides, as well as the Realtors are adding the brand to their advertisements. Using the "Pacific Inland Coast" is a perfect brand for this area, and hopefully it will become as well known as the Sunshine Coast brand further south.
The Task Force held an Open House at the Library in May to showcase their accomplishments to the community at large, and is organizing presentations to various community groups over the next several months.
A new series from Vancouver, 'North of 49', will be filmed in Kitimat in late July, early August to further promote Kitimat as a great place to live and retire.
The Retire Kitimat Task Force has taken hold in a positive way, and the future looks bright for diversifying Kitima's economic development.
The Retire Kitimat Task Force appreciates the support provided by Mayor Joanne Monaghan and District of Kitimat Council both monetarily as well as their personal interest in providing input and attendance at Task Force meetings.