A new Facebook group has been created in Penticton to get more young people, as well as those wanting change, to come out and vote in the upcoming election and provoke discussion on city issues.
The group, #TimeForChangePenticton, is just the beginning of a formal association much along the lines of the Non-Partisan Association in Vancouver, according to Jennifer Taylor, the woman who started the group.
"The goal of the association is to motivate and inform voters, share ideas and collectively decide who will best represent our needs," she said.
A catalyst for getting the group going, she further stated, was Councillor Katie Robinson's comment, (regarding Boonstock attendees), and shirts, (worn by some in the city in response to the comment).
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 2,231 members. Comments ranged from concerns about the availability of jobs and rentals for young families to the Penticton Hospitality Association/city situation and what is happening regarding nudity at Three Mile Beach.
Some spoke out in defence of Robinson, saying she had apologized for her Boonstock comment, and it was time to stop bullying her.
Taylor said so far, she is seeing many great ideas for the future of the city.
"It is not only youth, but others are inspired to work together to make this city be the change it so richly deserves," she said.
As a result of the effort, Taylor has been approached by potential candidates for council wishing to learn more about the group.