I would like to thank everyone in Ponoka who read and absorbed Lynn Burdett’s letter last week about focusing on the positive in our town. She has done an excellent job of putting into words exactly why we chose Ponoka to move to and open our gallery a year and a half ago.
After an extensive search around Central Alberta, we identified Ponoka as not only one of the friendliest towns in the area but one with absolutely the most potential to become much, much more. From its beautiful river valley setting, to its possibilities for a quaint and historic downtown to its location right on the province’s major transportation corridor, there are few towns, if any, that can compete.
After some 18 months here full-time (two years if you include the time we spent checking the place out), we haven’t changed our minds even slightly — but we are oft-times annoyed, if not discouraged, by some of the negative sentiment we have encountered.
Suggest anything in the way of progress and you’ll find a line-up of people to tell you why it can’t be done, rather than saying, “Let’s see if there’s a way we can do that.”
As Lynn says, it’s time to stop focusing on the fly, the negative, and start seeing Ponoka for what it has and how much more it can be.
Owner/operator Siding 14 Gallery