Do the right thing

Well, let's see — there's Wyatt, Whetzell, DeJong, Giles, Aberdeen, Buchanan, Howe, Rendell, Postill, Kidston, Nash, Pope, Watson, Fitsmaurice, Wisbey, Tebo, Holtam, Jacques, Hofer, Kirkland, Grieve, Torrent, Webster, Ormsby, Cosens, Palfrey, Harper, Cunliffe, Sarsons, Husband, Waddington, Tassie, McClounie, Quirk, and others.

Well, let’s see — there’s Wyatt, Whetzell, DeJong, Giles, Aberdeen, Buchanan, Howe, Rendell, Postill, Kidston, Nash, Pope, Watson, Fitsmaurice, Wisbey, Tebo, Holtam, Jacques, Hofer, Kirkland, Grieve, Torrent, Webster, Ormsby, Cosens, Palfrey, Harper, Cunliffe, Sarsons, Husband, Waddington, Tassie, McClounie, Quirk, and others.

These are all drives or roads in the Coldstream area that have been so designated to recognize families who have lived in our community since the early 1900s.

Now we have a beautiful new park right on the lake that has been the Sovereign family property for many years. These wonderful people didn’t just reside in Coldstream but over the years they have contributed significantly to the betterment of this whole area.

Bishop Arthur Sovereign, along with his good friend, Carl Wylie, was a pioneer in the development of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre. A mural has been painted in downtown Vernon  to recognize their part in our history. Bishop Sovereign was also honoured as Vernon’s Good Citizen in 1957.

Both Agnes and Art Sovereign gave tirelessly of their time and effort to so many charities and local organizations over the years. Agnes was honoured as the Good Citizen of the Year in 1991. Art founded the NONA Child Development Centre which has helped countless children-at-risk and their families over the decades.

Now through the generosity of the Sovereign family we have a new park in Coldstream that everyone can enjoy.

Yet Coldstream council just can’t bring themselves to name this beautiful family estate Sovereign Park, or even Sovereign Centennial Park, which would also be so meaningful. We citizens were asked to submit suitable names for the park.

Could it be possible that no one thought to name it Sovereign Park? Seems highly unlikely! Many other family names have been recognized in Coldstream but these fine caring people. Seems as though we are missing out on a wonderful opportunity here.

I would encourage others to contact Coldstream Council and encourage them to do the right thing.

Gennie Vest

Coldstream