Lumby backs bid for RBC Cup

Lumby wants to play a role in bringing a major sports event to the North Okanagan.

Lumby wants to play a role in bringing a major sports event to the North Okanagan.

Council will write a letter of support for Vernon’s bid for the RBC Cup — the national junior A hockey championships — in 2014.

“It’s a great event for the economy,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“People here for the Cup will travel around and do day trips to the other communities in the area.”

Mindnich hopes that could lead to new residents and investors moving to Lumby.

“They will see what a great community we have,” she said.

Mayor Kevin Acton says it’s necessary to look beyond just the village’s boundaries and consider economic development of the entire region.

“Anything that happens in the North Okanagan is beneficial to all of us,” he said.

“People who live in Lumby work in Vernon. It’s pretty far-reaching what is a community. Getting the RBC Cup would be great for the entire North Okanagan.”

Support is being sought from all local communities.

“The bid committee plans to showcase Vernon and its beautiful surrounding area in order to draw an unprecedented number of visitors to the event,” said Mike Lane, committee co-chairperson.

“In conjunction with Vernon Tourism the bid committee will arrange for accommodation packages that can include a variety of activities.”