Kimberley residents will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for the years of service of Jim Ogilvie this Friday at 11 a.m., when the City hosts a small ceremony.
Last week the Fertilizer Road (312 St.) connecting Kimberley and Marysville was renamed Jim Ogilvie Way, and it is at the intersection of that road with Rotary Drive (near Black Bear bridge) where the ceremony will take place.
“He loves this community and it is the least we can do to recognize his service and dedication,” said Mayor Ron McRae.
“The road connects Marysville and Kimberley, which is appropriate for Jim.”
Ogilvie first served as Commissioner for the Village of Marysville in 1965 and then as Alderman during the 1968 amalgamation of the City of Kimberley with the villages of Chapman Camp and Marysville. He was instrumental in the transition period of Marysville and Kimberley during the amalgamation and continued the journey toward economic independence and continued prosperity for Kimberley.
Ogilvie also oversaw the transition from mining to tourism during the run up to and during the Sullivan Mine closure.
“Moving from an industrial based economy to a tourism based economy was inevitable knowing that the Sullivan Mine would eventually close one day”, said McRae. “The road that has been named after him served many Cominco operations during his political career.
“We hope the recognition to rename this important street in our community is perceived as one of his highest achievements.”
Family and friends of Jim Ogilvie are invited to attend a photo-op and small ceremony at the corner of Jim Ogilvie Way and Rotary Drive, starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 8. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served at the Kimberley Aquatic Centre, Kimberley Alpine Resort Multi-purpose room.