With all the votes tallied, Meadowlark is the name Penticton has chosen for the city’s room in the David E. Kampe Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.
A list of seven finalist names was released in early April, and Pentictonites have spent two weeks voting for their favourites. Over 350 votes were collected, with Meadowlark receiving 22.3 per cent. JoAnne Kleb, the city’s engagement co-ordinator, said it wasn’t a runway leader, though. Votes, she said, were distributed evenly of the seven entries.
Meadowlark will now be passed on to Interior Health and the province for final approval. Peach Blossom (20.9 per cent of votes) and Sun-Oka Serenity (14.3 per cent), the second and third place choices, will be alternates in case the first name is not accepted. The provincial review can take between six and 12 months.
The city earned the privilege of naming one of the in-patient rooms because of a donation of $31,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation‘s fundraising drive to purchase equipment for the tower. The money donated was raised through the sale of paving stones removed during the downtown revitalization projects.
The possible choices were Meadowlark Room, Ogopogo Room, Orchard Room, Peach Blossom Room, Quail Quay, Skaha Room and Sun-Oka Serenity, chosen from 90 submissions.
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
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