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Canlan recreation services ending for Armstrong, Spallumcheen

Communities dedicated to seamless transition
Nor-Val Arena is home to the North Okanagan Knights and skating and shinny recreation, operated by Canlan Ice Sports. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canlan Ice Sports Inc. has provided notice that this is its last year providing management services to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission.

Armstrong and Spallumcheen are now in the processs of reviewing and understanding options for management moving forward before Canlan’s service ends Dec. 31, 2024.

“The transition process is a priority for both communities and Canlan will be actively assisting to ensure a seamless departure,” said Lars Larsen, Canlan general manager for the commission.

The commission is committed to continued delivery of parks and recreation services, according to chair Ryan Nitchie.

“The commission is grateful for the nearly 20-year partnership with Canlan Ice Sports Inc. and we are appreciative of the pivotal role that Canlan has played in the evolution and management of parks and recreation in our communities,” said Armstrong Coun. Nitchie.

Spallumcheen Mayor Christine Fraser confirms service will continue as normal.

“We want our employees to know they are valued members of our communities and the services they provide is what makes our recreation programs so great,” said Fraser. “Spallumcheen council is committed to finding the best option for the employees and the communities that considers our strategic objectives of being stable, predictable, informed, flexible, fair and transparent.”

Armstrong Mayor Joe Cramer reiterates the importance of parks and recreation services and says the communities are working together to ensure a seamless transition that benefits all.

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