PenTALKton event to get residents thinking about the future

City of Penticton hosting unique presentation to engage residents

The City of Penticton is using a new format to get residents conversing about the Official Community Plan.

On Nov. 22, the public is invited to attend PenTALKton — 10 Big Ideas, 10 Engaging Stories. It is a night designed to get people thinking about some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Penticton in the next 25 years. Skyler Punnett Creative, illustrator, designer and local organizer of the highly successful Pecha Kucha Penticton events at Cannery Brewing, is bringing his expertise to host the event for the city.

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“Over the past few months, we have been gathering feedback from the community to create a vision for the city and identify the key areas that are important to address in the Official Community Plan,” said Ben Johnson, special projects manager. “Our goal for this event is to provide an engaging presentation to get people thinking about a range of relevant and important topics that we’ll focus on starting in January.”

The speakers for PenTALKton will share local and regional knowledge in the areas of health, arts and culture, affordable housing, natural environment, history and heritage, transportation, sustainable architecture and the role of an Official Community Plan.

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“The presentations are short slide shows that last just under seven minutes to ensure the ideas flow and the evening is stimulating,” said Johnson. “We have asked each speaker to identify some of the biggest and most interesting ideas to get people thinking about what is best for Penticton in the future. It is sure to get people talking.”

The event is on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, with the presentations starting at 7 p.m. The event is free. A cash bar and snacks will be available. All presentations will be turned into video clips for all to view online after the event. The diverse line-up of speakers will be available online soon at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/official-community-plan.

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