2010 — Minister of Health Services Kevin Falcon

Remember When (October 14, 2015)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives over the last 56 years

50 years ago (1965):

A public health nurse arrived in Invermere from Edmonton. Barbara Taylor joined the ranks as a public health nurse in Windermere after serving in both Campbell River and Quesnel. She was welcomed by the community with open arms.


45 years ago (1970):

There was a tragic double fatality that claimed two lives in a car accident near Windermere. Invermere RCMP Const. William G. Green, 21, and Cranbrook resident Felix Capilo, 37, had a two-car collision at 7:50 p.m. at an intersection on Highway 93/95. The Columbia Valley mourned the loss of both men resulting from this unfortunate accident.


40 years ago (1975):

Mrs. William MacPherson of Invermere was elected First Vice-President of the BC Association of Hospital Auxiliaries at the 31st annual convention held in Vancouver, September 30th and October 1st and 2nd.


30 years ago (1985):

A project plaque was unveiled at Invermere’s Downtown Revitalization Project which was officially opened by the Honourable Jim Chabot, provincial secretary and Minister of Government Services with the Honourable Bill Ritchie, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Invermere’s mayor Joe Conroy. The trio were pleased to present the project to the community.


20 years ago (1995):

A member of the Jumbo Creek Project Review Committee announced that the people he represented were opposed to the $250 million resort development proposal. Columbia Lake Band chief Alfred Joseph read a prepared statement during the multi-governmental review committee meeting in Nelson on September 20th that outlined the opposition to the four season ski resort by four of the five bands in the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council.


15 years ago (2000):

BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh visited the Columbia Valley to meet with residents at the Best Western Inn. He stopped in Invermere on October 6th and answered public questions at a forum. Many people were please to see him spend time with children at the event.


10 years ago (2005):

District of Invermere mayor Mark Shmigelsky announced his plans to blaze the municipal campaign trail against opponent Brian McLaughlin during the November 19th election.

In addition, there were seven people vying for four seats on council including incumbents Bob Campsall and Gerry Taft, who was a mere 23- year-old entrepreneur at the time. The rookie candidates included Fred Thode-Hamilton, Leo Kienitz, Janice Hamp, Sarah Bennett and Ray Brydon.

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