Peter Mutrie, who suddenly resigned last week as manager of the North Shore Business Improvement Association, has shut down the rumour mill.
After managing the association for the past dozen years - during which he became known as the public face of the North Shore - Mutrie surprised its board of directors by announcing his resignation at a breakfast meeting last Thursday.
Mutrie said on Monday that he decided it was time to move on to a new opportunity. He expects to find that just over the horizon while remaining in Kamloops.
"It was time," he said. "We live in a changing world; people come and go.
"You don't get to second base by keeping your foot on first," he added.
Mutrie indicated the move is strictly a personal decision not related to health or personnel matters.
"In one sense, it happened fast," he said. "I apologize for that."
He said he felt blessed with the opportunity to have played a role in advancing the interests of the North Shore business community. He was a champion of rejuvenation, street beautification and marketing to attract more business and visitors. He was also involved in development of a neighbourhood plan and safety initiatives through the years.
"In general terms, it was the best work I've ever done. It's all come together."
The association remains in good hands with its volunteer board, he said.
Dorothy Felling, administrative assistant, will run the NSBIA until Mutrie's successor is appointed.
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