Many thanks to Ken and Jamie Wright for all that they have contributed to the Anarchist Mountain community. They are moving west today, and will be greatly missed!
Jamie is the Past President and webmaster of AMCS. She has spent years contributing her time to the community and events.
Ken has been a longtime member and engine driver of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Dept. He also is an excellent craftsman whose woodwork is found at the wooden mailboxes and the Jamie Soule Memorial Park.
They will both be remembered for their many key contributions to the Mountain.
All the best Ken and Jamie…we wish you well and appreciate all that you have done for the Mountain!
In the Commercial Real Estate world, Moves, Adds, Changes or (M.A.C.) describes the ever-changing office landscape. People come and go, renovations are undertaken and new office space is built.
Similar activity is experienced within the residential real estate world and that is true of Anarchist Mountain. Longer-term residents have moved, new residents have located here; long-term property owners are now building their ‘dream home’ on their property; more residents are walking/hiking and more kids are playing. The Mountain reflects a diversity of residents from across Canada and other places and is much busier than four years ago. It is estimated there are about 50 new homes completed or under construction since 2018. Some property owners have purchased an existing home on the Mountain; many property owners have chosen to build their own houses as part of the BC Housing Owner/Builder program or hired a General Contractor to build for them. A diversity of options and decisions. There is lots of design and construction information sharing and tool/equipment lending between residents.
The Anarchist Mountain Community Society is a not-for-profit community group, formed by a former resident – Mark McKenny – in 2008 – while the area was still being sub-divided. The AMCS was established to bring together the interests of residents and landowners to forge a sense of community, preserve our natural rural setting and promote living in harmony with plants, animals and each other. Many residents have been actively involved in the Society over the years. The AMCS is guided by their Constitution (attached), in compliance with the Society Act of BC.
The AMCS acts as an advisory body providing feedback to all levels of government on issues important to residents. For example, supporting the AM FireSmart program, collecting and providing input into the Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan and the ‘Pink Zone’ Permit Program. The AMCS also liaises with other land holders like the Osoyoos Mountain Estates (OME). The use of the Wapiti Pit and the lease of the Summit Center are part of that liaison. The AMCS also provides a recommended representative for the local Area Planning Committee (APC) from our community. This year we have two volunteer representatives.
The AMCS activity also includes assisting with the annual Silent Auction event held each summer which raises funds for our Fire Department Operations. We support FireSmart events and many community social events including the annual BBQ, music performances and other activities. We communicate via our AMCS website and Face Book page – providing information to the community at large. We also receive and respond to a multitude of queries from residents and many others contemplating locating to the Mountain regarding life up here including available services and weather. [Many folks are surprised we get snow up here!]
The AMCS Board holds an Annual General Meeting with AMCS members and proposes and votes on any particular priorities important to residents. As a result, the priority for this year is the Jamie Soule Memorial Park improvements. This Park is RDOS property and our elected official is discussing funding some basic amenities – like washrooms – and having the AMCS maintain the Park.
These past two years have challenged our community. COVID restrictions influenced the cancellation of the lease of the Summit Center by OME. It also limited the number of social events we were able to hold. Last summer the community was under forest fire threat which occupied our Fire Department, volunteer fire fighters and our community and resulted in weeks of evacuation for residents.
The RDOS Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan has identified AM as a housing growth area over the next number of years. There are parcels of land yet to be sub-divided for both housing and commercial occupancy. As the community grows, the desire and need for a Community Hall (gathering place) amenity grows. A larger community also suggests a larger more diverse Board for the AMCS – to reflect a diversity of ideas and input.
The AMCS is helping to host a ‘Share Your Passion’ gathering for residents to meet neighbours and share interests. It is being held at the Chees’ property [304 Long Joe Road] which was also the site of an event held post fire last year that allowed residents to witness first-hand the reach of the fire and the work our Fire Department took to protect the property.
Come out to meet neighbours and share your passions and talents. Consider joining the AMCS and the Board.
We would like to thank the many Board volunteers over the years. In particular, Jamie and Ken Wright who were generous with their time and talents contributing to making this a great place to live. Jamie has held most positions on the AMCS Board over the years and Ken has been a volunteer fire fighter and craftsman building the AMCS info boxes placed at the Canada Post boxes and has helped build the new picnic tables at the JSM Park. Jamie and Ken are moving to points north to be closer to family. Many others have moved on to other places as well.
[On behalf of the AMCS Board]
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The next (and last one scheduled for this summer) is Saturday Sept 17 from 10 AM to 12 noon for drop-off of yard waste.
The hours of operation will be from 10.00am to 12.00pm
The pit is located on Wapiti Way. The driveway is the first road on your right.
We will be accepting burnable yard waste and branches. No construction debris or rocks.
Please check in at the gate. You will be asked for your address to keep track of the number of loads. We will have fire smart brochures for anyone wanting to know the recommended fire smart practises.
Please line up on the right hand side of the drive to allow people to exit safely. When instructed to enter the pit please follow instructions of operators. Place materials as far as possible into the pit and unload onto the pile.
Hours of operation are from 10am to 12 pm.
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What are your interests/passions/hobbies/skills???
Our community is filled with vibrant, talented and very interesting people!! Come out to our AMCS ‘Getting to Know You’ Event. Chances are that you’ll meet someone with a similar passion or someone whose interests excite you and make you want to learn more. The sky’s the limit from A to Z:
Antiques – Archery – Biking – Bird watching – Bowling – Brewing – Bridge – Cake decorating – Camping – Canning – Classic cars – Clogging – Coin collecting – Curling – Cycling – Dancing – Fishing – Gaming – Gardening – Genealogy – Geocaching – Golfing – Gourmet cooking – Grandparenting – Hiking – Hockey – Horseback riding – Horseshoes – Karaoke – Kayaking – Knitting – Jewelry making – Martial Arts – Model airplanes – Motor racing – Paddling – Paddle boarding – Painting – Pets – Photography – Pickleball – Playing music – Poker – Pottery – Protecting the environment – Quilting – Reading – Sculpting – Sewing – Singing – Snowshoeing – Skiing – Star gazing – Swimming – Tai chi – Theatre – Travelling – Wine – Wood working – Writing – Yoga – Zumba
Mingle, chat and share what you love about your passion or reserve table space (no charge) to ‘show & tell’ or provide a demonstration of your skill or talent.
THERE WILL BE FOOD & DOOR PRIZES!! More details to come, so stay tuned.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a 3-foot or 6-foot tabletop. Note: This is a social event and not a market – sale of items is not permitted.
*This event is funded in part by the Anarchist Mountain Community Society and a South Okanagan Similkameen Community Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grant.
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