With so much effort being put into reporting on the controversies within Rocky View County (RVC) it is easy to start losing perspective on all of the good things that are being accomplished by the County.
Through all of this it is important to keep in mind that the vast majority of efforts and actions of the County, both administration and council, are done with the best interests of the residents in mind and are serving us extremely well.
On behalf of the Cochrane and District Agricultural Society (CDAS) I can say that we feel extremely fortunate for the support we have received throughout our history, which dates back past the formation of RVC.
Such support amounts to over $680,000 in grants and sponsorship through the years and has been integral in creating the opportunities for the tens of thousands of residents using our facilities each year.
Sure we have had moments where we weren’t on the same page, however, in dealing with each other with patience and respect we have been able to come out of every discussion with a better solution for everyone.
The best example of this is the recent motion by council to sell the CDAS lease land to the CDAS for $1. This is, by far, the most significant contribution to the long term security of the CDAS in our 100+ year history and should be considered a massive win for the residents of both Rocky View County and the Town of Cochrane. This will make a difference in our community long past most of us are here and will secure this property as an icon for community services and recreational opportunities for decades if not centuries to come.
So let’s remember to look for the positive things that are getting accomplished and remember to thank those that are making it happen.
The CDAS is thankful for all of Rocky View County’s past support and for their current efforts to sell our lease land to us to ensure we can continue to serve our community.- Justin Burwash, president, Cochrane and District Agricultural Society