2015 Community News in Review: April-June

Check out highlights of community happenings in Terrace, B.C. in the second quarter of the calendar past

Celebrate Your Breasts Project artistic team including curator Nancy Pratt

April

Anja Hanington, Grade 10 Caledonia student, prepares to head to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York to learn from professionals for two weeks.

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The Pacific Northwest Music Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Two caledonia Sr. Secondary students take part in the Skills Canada provincial competition.Sam Christiansen earns an impressive third place in welding after placing first in a regional Skills Canada competition earlier this year. Jake Blix demonstrates his carpentry skills at provincials after placing first in the regional event.

May

The eight-week Circle of Life knitting program, tailored for women and especially mothers to help them build confidence and self-esteem, is the first of its kind for the Kermode Friendship Centre.

Aside from practical skills they are taught—which could translate into a means to make money by selling crafts and to self-sufficiency for the family—the leaders also encourage dialogue around birth control and cultural traditions.

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For emergency Preparedness Week, local emergency support services advise people that having a supply of food, water and enough provisions for each person and pets for 72 hours is only a minimum.

One to two weeks is the new standard. And people should have a neighborhood team with each person doing specific functions. such as knowing the neighborhood’s hazards and resources.

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Charlie Henry, a student from Na Aksa Gila Kyaw, wins first place and the Canada History Award prize with his project about the Canadian Pacific Railway at the 2015 Heritage Fair at North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site.

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At the Veterans Dinner at Branch # 13 here, Cde. Charlie Lindstrom, Branch Service Officer, presents pins and certificates on behalf of the Minister of Veterans Affairs to Cdes. Sandy Sandhals, Harold Wyatt and Fred Annett. Other recipients of the award unable to attend are Cdes. Lance Stephens, Bob Goodvin, Ed McFadden, Fern Gagnon, Bill McRae, Bud Hallock and Del Holtom.

These pins and certificates mark the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War and are issued in recognition of veterans’ service and sacrifice during the war in defense of Canada and our shared values of freedom, democracy and rule.

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Lowell Holmquist, senior pastor at the Terrace Pentecostal Assembly leaves after 15 years to be a campus pastor for the Christian Life Assembly in Sooke, located west of Victoria, B.C.

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Caledonia Sr. Secondary Social Justice 12 students raise $717.48 to aid victims of the Nepal earthquake. With the federal government’s commitment to match dollar for dollar any money raised, that totals more than $1,400.

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With the parting of founder Darlene Delorme-Reid this year, the You’ll Be There northwest charity service is now run by local Rosalee Morgan. It provides prom dresses to young women who might otherwise be unable to attend prom.

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Samantha Ramsay, a local seamstress, wins first prize in the Novice category at Prince George’s FanCon for her portrayal of Princess Peach from the Super Mario Brothers. It’s her first time making an elaborate costume.

June

Jess Dafoe, children and youth services librarian, is presented with the BC Library Association’s (BCLA) Young Adult and Children’s Services Section Award at the 2015 BCLA Conference. The annual award is given to individuals or teams who showcase exceptional service in the area of children’s or teen librarianship.

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To mark the 25th anniversary of the University of Northern British Columbia, hundreds of people gather there to witness the planting of a western red cedar, one of 16,000 to be planted around the north in honour of the same number of people who signed a petition in the 1980s advocating for a university to serve the north.

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Father Terry Brock of the Sacred Heart Parish, the longest-standing Catholic priest in the community, leaves for the Annunciation Parish in Prince Rupert after more than a decade in Terrace, at the request of the area’s bishop Stephen Jensen in Prince George. Brock’s replacement, Father Xavier, is from India, but has been a pastor in Canada for five years.