An entrepreneur, mother, and volunteer — Sun Peaks resident Yolanda Dye has a lot on her plate.
Although she’s snowboarded the mountain since she was a teen, Dye came to live at Sun Peaks eight years ago when she was transferred from Vancouver to take a position as front office manager with the Delta Sun Peaks. After several years working between the Delta and Meranti Developments Ltd., she and her husband Kelly teamed up with local restaurateur Peter Ernst. They opened the Cahilty Creek Bar and Grill, a slopeside restaurant at Sun Peaks specializing in pub-style classics. She has her eyes on another venture, too, but is keeping mum on the details for now.
And, because everyone needs a little counterweight to a day at the office, Dye keeps herself involved in the school developments in the community as well. She was a founding member of the Sun Peaks Education Society (SPES), acting as secretary for one year, and is now the secretary of the Sun Peaks Elementary School PAC.
“We all love our kids and want to be part of their lives, especially in this unique environment. Now (I’m) having to learn how to ski so that I can assist with lunchtime monitor shifts,” laughs Dye, admitting that learning to ski as an adult is a sure sign of love for her girls. “As secretary of the PAC and past secretary of the SPES, it was and still is, imperative that our school continues to grow in (this) positive (setting).”
So what keeps a girl like Dye going after the day’s business is done? Aside from the dream of travelling the world, it boils down to being an active part of a thriving community.
“At the end of the day, we’re all one big family (at Sun Peaks), supporting each other and helping each other out when we can — carpooling, kid-swapping and childcare, and even becoming each other’s employees. I’m thankful for the support of friends and good people in our community.”