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.