New leaders emerge as Rotary celebrates one year

Rotary groups around the globe work to better on local, national and international scales.

Nearly one year after first meeting, the Rotary Club of Sun Peaks has accomplished
a lot.

From fundraising for students at Sun Peaks, to hosting a scavenger hunt for the Skate Park and brunch for Polio, members have been busy. In addition to raising money the group has worked hard to meet with community members and learn what is needed locally.

As they begin to plan more summer events and fundraisers two locals are taking over the position of president from Brenda Wilkinson, one of the organization’s founders and first president.

Chris Wagner and Jenny Cox will be co-presidents for a one year term. Wilkinson said she is happy to see the club growing.

“I’m so proud of the club, that we’ve been able to achieve so much,” she said. “It feels so great to have these two capable people taking the reins.”

Chris Wagner. Photo supplied.

Wagner has lived in Sun Peaks since 2012 and grew up in a Rotary family that instilled a passion for giving back.

“We were delivering Christmas hampers to single mums…at the door she would be crying and the kids would be so excited. At 12 years old that makes a really big impression on you,” he said.

He said he wants to learn more about what the village is interested in but he has a personal interest in helping water transportation in Africa.

“The experience I’ve had in Rotary means I’m wanting to help the community but it depends on what the community is looking for.”

Jennifer Cox. Photo supplied.

Cox moved to Sun Peaks last year and joined the group to meet other people living in the area and contribute. She quickly became involved as secretary and said she’s excited to take on the role of co-president.

“It’s pretty unique. It (the club) is so new and being in a mountain resort we can customize the approach and make it our own.”

She said she’s also looking forward to learning what the community would like to see more of and host more events like the Mother’s Day Brunch for Polio.

“Once you learn more about it it just seems like the right thing to do.”

Anyone interested in joining the club or looking for more information can visit

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