The Penticton Western is looking to hear more from our community members and is interested in finding out what they love about Penticton.
We are profiling different residents for our community section, by asking them to answer a list of questions about Penticton and why they think it is so great.
This week we are profiling Tracy Van Raes, a marketing and community relations manager for Total Restoration Services.
Van Raes has two children and is an active member of the Penticton Rotary Club, JCI Penticton and is on her second year term as the chair for the transportation committee for the city.
Find out what Van Raes thinks about her community of Penticton.
When someone says ‘Penticton’ what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
If you could change or improve one thing about your community what would it be?
I would use the word improve. I would improve communication lines between Penticton residents and partner them with key stakeholders in our community for collaboration, education and positive communication. I would find a way to dissolve the ‘them vs us” stigma which I have seen divide our community many times. I feel as though this can be done with open minds by all parties and proper communication.
What’s your favourite local company?
I cannot pick one. I shop and support local whenever I possibly can. So I am going to say “The downtown” I love shopping downtown and walking the blocks. I find such a sense of community when I browse stores and discover new downtown eateries and coffee shops. There is something about the bustle of the downtown core that makes me smile.
What are the top three places you would recommend that tourists visit when they are in Penticton?
- The Peach on the Beach
- The Penticton Museum
- The Downtown Core
What do you see for the community in 20 years?
I see a community where we promote healthy and active living and transportation within the City of Penticton. A community where we aren’t so reliant on vehicles and parking lots. Where the safety of walking and biking take priority over vehicles in our beautiful city.
We are looking to profile as many community members as possible. If you would like to be profiled or if you would like to nominate someone please click on this link and fill out the questionnaire.