Columns: Autumn a time to help out

Autumn is harvest time, time for cattle round ups and bonfires, raking leaves and bracing for another winter in the Cariboo and Chilcotin.

Autumn is harvest time, time for cattle round ups and bonfires, raking leaves and bracing for another winter in the Cariboo and Chilcotin.

Every year as we transition out of summer, I am reminded of the importance of our communities, and of the many ways we rely on our family, friends and neighbours.

Our forbearers in this wild country may have felt a stronger need for interdependence on the frontier than we do today. However, one of the realities of living in this area is that we still often find ourselves accepting a helping hand from our neighbours, and offering one in return when the time comes. Whether that means helping neighbours bale hay or round up cattle on our ranches, or shoveling an extra sidewalk in front of a neighbour’s house or business in town, I have seen the people of this area embody these bonds of community time and again.

We have a proud legacy of working hard and ensuring that we all get by together here. Our BC Liberal government recognizes and respects the fierce independence of communities like ours — that’s why we’re working hard to ensure that we create an environment that supports communities without infringing on their autonomy.

For example, because we have adopted a disciplined fiscal approach to provincial government and because of British Columbians’ hard work, we have been able to dedicate $75 million over the next three years to the BC Rural Dividend.

Designed to help small communities like Williams Lake boost their economies and improve life for their residents, the fund accepts applications from local governments, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations.

The second round of funding will soon be released — and it’s just one way we’re opening doors for neighbours to help neighbours.

As your MLA, I am proud of our community and the neighbourliness that keeps us together. As we move into winter, let us all remember the importance of going that extra mile to extend a helping hand.

Contact MLA Barnett’s constituency office:

Phone: 250-395-3916


Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.

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

Just Posted

The board of directors of Glen Arbor are applying for funding to build an addition of 21 units. (Monica Lamb-Yorski file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake city council endorses 21-unit expansion of Glen Arbor

The board of directors requested a letter of support for a funding application

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 uses walking sticks while walking up a hill, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Interior Health reports 83 more COVID-19 infections overnight

46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke

(Photo submitted)
MISSING: Alexis Creek RCMP request help in finding Randolph Quilt, 59

Quilt hasn’t been heard from by family since Sept. 26, last seen in Williams Lake

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson (right) with his partner Shelley Wiese participated in an BC Liberals Caucus virtual oath ceremony Friday, Nov. 27. Doerkson was appointed opposition critic of rural development by interim leader Shirley Bond. (Photo submitted)
Cariboo Chilcotin MLA appointed rural development opposition critic

Newly-elected Lorne Doerkson said it will be an honour to work for all rural consituents

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

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

An RCMP cruiser looks on as a military search and rescue helicopter winds down near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
B.C. Mountie, suspect airlifted by Canadian Armed Forces from ravine after foot chase

Military aircraft were dispatched from Comox, B.C., say RCMP

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

BIG SALMON ranch in Washington State. (Center for Whale Research handout)
Non-profit buys Chinook ranch in hopes of increasing feed for southern resident killer whales

The ranch, which borders both sides of Washington State’s Elwha River, is a hotspot for chinook salmon

Gaming content was big on YouTube in 2020. (Black Press Media files)
What did Canadians watch on Youtube during isolation? Workouts, bird feeders

Whether it was getting fit or ‘speaking moistly,’ Canadians had time to spare this year

Fraudsters projected to use pet scams to gouge over $3M from customers: BBB

The pandemic heavily contributed to the number of puppy scams

A teacher places the finishing touches on the welcome sign at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Hindsight 2020: How do you preserve a year many Canadians would rather forget?

Figuring out how to preserve the story of the pandemic poses a series of challenges

Most Read