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‘Not an easy fix’: Salmon Arm council receives appreciation for work on homelessness

Letter writer says taking everyone’s concerns into consideration not an easy task
Salmon Arm council receives accolades for its actions on homelessness. (File photo)

Salmon Arm council received accolades for its work on homelessness in the city.

Sheila Milley wrote a Jan. 25, 2023 email to council expressing her gratitude to all of council “for the hard work you are putting into the homeless situation. It’s very clear that this is not an easy fix. Taking everyone’s concerns into consideration is no easy task. Your kindness in this matter is being noticed.”

During a brief discussion of the letter at the Feb. 13 council meeting, Coun. Sylvia Lindgren said she didn’t think the letter writer was expecting a “magical response” from council. She said the writer was expressing appreciation that the city was using a gentle approach to the homeless situation.

“I just wanted to acknowledge her letter and to say, it is an extremely complicated situation as she recognizes in her letter, and I appreciate the response that she took the time to send in to the city.”

Acting mayor Kevin Flynn said that just as the letter writer expressed gratitude, he has continuously expressed the same sentiment for those in the community working on the issue, “and especially my fellow council here, Coun. Wallace Richmond, who is our voice and chair of the social impact advisory committee… I appreciate all the work you’ve done, so it’s nice to see the public acknowledge all the work behind the scenes.”

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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