Premier Christy Clark holds up a sketch of herself as a Club Penguin character

Premier Christy Clark holds up a sketch of herself as a Club Penguin character

PHOTO: B.C.’s premier as a Disney penguin

Christy Clark, wrapping up her byelection campaign for the Westside-Kelowna seat, visits Disney Interactive studios in Kelowna.

Premier Christy Clark found out first hand what it’s like to become a member of Club Penguin Tuesday.

The premier, running in the Westside-Kelowna byelection, toured Disney Interactive Studios in Kelowna Tuesday morning, the last day of the campaign. Disney bought the phenominaly popular children’s interactive computer game and website, Club Penguin in 2007 from its local founders, who started it here in 2005.

Since opening with just three employees, the Club Penguin founders—still associated with the business— have watched it become an international sensation with children around the world enrolled in what company officials call a “global playground.”

During her tour, Clark said she hopes the Kelowna studio, which has 300 employees, will help transform the Kelowna area into a high-tech centre.

While at Disney, associate art director Emily Mullock drew Clark as one of the club’s signature penguins.

Clark said she planned to frame the picture and hang it on her office wall.

 

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