To the editor
As a followup to the article in the Advance about Goat Style Bike Festival (“Goat Style likely to move on”, Feb. 10 Advance, page 1), I felt I needed to respond to a few points. I had been running Goat Style for four years when, late in the spring of 2010, I stepped down as president of the organization. The reason behind that is I was winding down that chapter of my life. I am pursuing other dreams and ambitions and no longer have the time to volunteer with Goat Style.
In 2010, we saw our dream for the event come true when Red Bull came on board as a major sponsor and the pro athletes from all over the world came into our beautiful community. The feeling for me was my job was done — the dream became a reality. Now I am working on my next dream to become the member of Parliament for the Kootenay-Columbia riding. This endeavor requires a huge time commitment.
I would welcome anyone who is interested in filling the role to keep Goat Style in Creston to contact myself. It could be a great opportunity for Community Pride, the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce or even the Town of Creston. If they want to take it on, we would welcome them to do it.
I appreciate the business community that really stood behind us: Creston and District Credit Union, Home Hardware Building Centre, Wynndel Box and Lumber, Columbia Brewery, Century 21 Vietch Realty, Town of Creston and all the Regional District of Central Kootenay directors. There are many more, but these companies have been there from the start.
Goat Style should be an inspiration to people who have a dream because they can come true if you work hard. To all of my volunteers, thank you — it would have never happened without you!