Community shows generosity this holiday Christmas time

It was another successful Christmas Wish Breakfast this week at the Ramada to benefit children in need.

It was another successful Christmas Wish Breakfast this week at the Ramada to benefit children in need.

This wonderful event grows in numbers and generosity every year.

Many thanks to everyone who donated, and hats off to the Child Development Centre, the Williams Lake Rotary Club, the Ramada, and all of the volunteers who help make this such a great event!

Our community’s generosity also made the fifth annual Hospital Trust’s Christmas Gala its most successful ever, raising $70,000 for a new mammography machine.

I am absolutely amazed, and wish to congratulate the Hospital Trust on this very successful fundraiser.

Last week, I attended the 19th Annual Aboriginal Education Conference to take part in the workshop entitled “Building Belonging Through Remembering, Recovery and Reconciling.”

Along with Chief Fred Robbins and School District 27 staff, we shared our successes with the St. Joseph’s Mission commemoration project.

We offered ideas on how to create opportunities for non-First Nations to participate and deepen their understanding of the impact of residential schooling on both First Nations and non-First Nations communities.

We also focused on strategies to bring First Nations and non-First Nations adults and youth together in an effort to build a true sense of belonging for all in communities and schools.

Williams Lake’s Truth and Reconciliation event is truly history-making.

It began with Chief Robbins’ vision, and School District 27 has made the groundbreaking decision to develop new local history curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12.

This sets a very positive precedent for developing a meaningful understanding of our First Nations, and I am very proud to be moving forward toward true reconciliation.

There will be another resource for children in our community with autism next year. TRU residential construction students, along with the Williams Lake Construction Association, will build an autism centre at the Child Development Centre.

By working together, the university, the CDC, and School District 27 leveraged a $95,000 grant from the John Gordon Autism Foundation.

The students will benefit from the hands-on experience, and our children and community will benefit from the new centre.

This is a perfect example of the power of partnership to make great things happen!

At this time of year I would like to thank our businesses, who so generously donate all year round, and say a special thank you to all of our volunteers, who go above and beyond to make Williams Lake a great place to live.

From my family to yours, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, full of joy, hope, love, and peace.

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 vaccination set to start for B.C. seniors aged 80-plus

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Sewage plant in Lower Mainland, operated by Metro Vancouver. (Metro Vancouver screenshot)
‘Poop tracker’ launches as researchers test Lower Mainland sewage water for COVID-19

‘Studying the virus in wastewater allows researchers to look at an entire population…’

(Pxhere)
Compensation fund opens for B.C. students negatively affected by incorrect exam marks

Marks for 2019 provincial exams were incorrectly tabulated

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

Most Read