West Kelowna amphitheatre named after late city employee

New amphitheatre in Memorial park in Westbank named after former recreation manager Annette Beaudreau, who passed away in the fall.

Annette Beaudreau

Annette Beaudreau

West Kelowna will name it’s new outdoor amphitheatre in Memorial Park in Westbank after it’s late recreation manager, Annette Beaudreau.

Beaudreau, who passed away last year following a long battle with cancer, was one of the city original employees who transferred over from the regional district when West Kelowna incorporated in 2007.

Mayor Doug Findlater made the announcement about the naming prior to Tuesday’s council meeting, saying it was fitting the new amphitheatre be named after Beaudreau because it is home to several events she either helped initiate, organize or champion during her time with the city. Some of those events include Music In The Park and Westside Daze.

“She made a big contribution by championing our community,” said Findlater, noting Beaudreau took on the task of organizing the city’s Communities in Bloom effort, a national title West Kelowna won under her watch.

Findlater described Beaurdreau, who was just 46 when she died, as a strong advocate for the city and said her high energy and vibrancy are missed at city hall.

A ceremony to officially name the amphitheatre, located just below the Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre in Westbank as the Annette Beaudreau Amphitheatre, will take place later in the year.

 

Kelowna Capital News