CBC – Elkford Mayor, CAO visit Colombian town on mining mentorship. Pair travel south as part of Federal mining town liaison program.
By Alexandra Heck.
Despite being on different continents, La Guajira, Columbia and Elkford share at least one commonality: coal mining. During a recent trip to the South American country, Mayor Dean McKerracher offered his mentorship in attempts to bridge gaps between local politicians and the mining company.
“Our mission is to work with the local government and the mining company to see if we could bridge the huge gap that they have,” McKerracher said. He and District of Elkford CAO Curtis Helgesen were delegates to the small town, as part of a mining communities liaison project with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
The program saw them mentor the mayor of the town, speak with local university students and give a presentation to a group of other local dignitaries from Colombia and Peru. After seeing the issues with corruption, poverty and nepotism, he told the mayor and other representatives he met on the trip to South America that they have to put the past behind them and be open to change.