Christine Cookson measures turbidity levels on Kalamalka Lake. She has been presented with Coldstream’s community achievement award for all of her volunteer work in the area.

Award honours SPrKL founder

Coldstream Community Achievement award presented to Christine Cookson, founder of the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake

A Coldstream resident’s dedication to the environment has earned her community recognition.

Christine Cookson, founder of the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake, has been presented with the District of Coldstream’s community achievement award.

“I’m very honoured to receive this award and would like to dedicate it to my friends and board members of the society who continuously work hard to protect and enhance the quality of Kalamalka watershed,” said Cookson.

The society attempts to preserve the quality of Kalamalka Lake for future generations so the lake can be enjoyed by all users in an environmentally sustainable manner.

“Christine Cookson has gone above and beyond in her dedication and tireless efforts to make our community more beautiful and healthy,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

Several letters and accolades from community leaders and water protection stakeholders supported Cookson’s nomination.

“The group she helps direct have co-ordinated riparian planting, printed and put up awareness posters at boat launches, held forums and much more for Kalamalka Lake,” said Heather Laratt, a biologist and consultant.

Cookson is pleased with the direction the society has taken.

“I’m proud of this group effort for tackling problems and finding solutions including dealing with Coldstream Creek pollution by restoring the creek’s banks, for creating the Lake Watch program and for inviting knowledgeable speakers to enable us to improve our understanding of water and environmental issues,” she said.

Besides forming the society, Cookson and her husband Jim opened up the log house on Kalavista Drive to Okanagan College, Kidston Elementary and the Kal Rats running club for use.

The property has since been sold to the Regional District of North Okanagan for public park.


Just Posted

Power out in large part of Vernon

Power went down around 4:30 p.m. in the middle of the city

Vernon pageant participant heads stateside

Samantha Sewell will represent North America at Miss Royalty International in Milwaukee

Vernon summer mural tours start with new guides

The mural tours started on June 28 and will run until Sept. 27

PHOTOS: Armstrong MetalFest rocks Hassen

Big crowds gather for popular two-day annual heavy metal music festival

UPDATED: Lane closed after fatal collision on Highway 97 east of Falkland

A man in his 60s is dead after a single vehicle crash on July 15

VIDEO: Okanagan Valley weekday weather update

Environment Canada says it’s going to be a rainy week

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

UPDATE: special council meeting set for Wednesday, Basran in talks with province

Opponents of McCurdy house says she won’t ‘relinquish possession’ of more than 14,000 names

Private viewing for Elijah-lain Beauregard to be held in Penticton

Afterwards, there will be a celebration of life next to the Okanagan Lake,

Most Read