Opportunity knocks

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News Editor

Monday, July 28 2014

There’s going to be a lot of tongue-wagging about the potential shift in ownership of Folklife Village, as well as some of the businesses on the island as islanders weigh in on what kind of impact off-island investment can have.

The bottom line though, is the bottom line, and having new investment come in has to be seen as a good thing.

The Folklife Village owners (as Kathy Ramsey points out in the front page story) did the community a huge service by bringing Folklife to Gabriola and putting an anchor in the village core.

There were businesses there before, but Folklife Village has grown to be the hub in the middle of Gabriola’s commercial core.

There is also talk of buyers from China coming in and purchasing a few Gabriola businesses. While a couple of those businesses are rumoured to be sold, the current owners said papers needed to be signed before they felt they could say anything public.

While not every business is for sale for any price, most small business owners will say for the right price, any business is for sale.

And some, especially those who are of the retirement age, are looking to get out of the day-to-day operation of their business, as even a labour of love is still labour.

We should be celebrating the opportunity some of our islanders have been given to hopefully move on to their next adventures.

And be welcoming to someone taking a financial interest in Gabriola.

The businesses in Folklife will benefit from someone fresh coming in to work with them.

By extension, the rest of Gabriola Island will as well.