2015 Community News in Review: January-March

Check out the highlights of community news in Terrace, B.C. in the first quarter of 2015

Julia Little

January

the new Year’s baby shares a middle name with her two sisters, mom and great-grandmas – Mariah Rose Gurney is born at 8 p.m. Jan. 2, at nine pounds and three ounces, to mom Allison at Mills Memorial Hospital, seven days after her expected birth date of Dec. 26.

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christine’s cottage is part of Suwilaawks Community School’s library renovations done with money left to the school by former staff member Christine Foster, who passed away two years ago, and was known for her passion for literacy.

The money also goes paint the library a warm shade of red, Foster’s favourite colour, and to install shelves that can display books with their front covers facing out.

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caledonia Grade 12 student Seamus Damstrom shares his passion for healthy living and eating by introducing healthier food choices at the school’s canteen.

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Five Caledonia Senior Secondary students – Thomas Christensen, Amee deViveiros, Ryan Kunar, Seth Scott and Theodoric Weicksel – go to youth parliament and sit in the legislature, experience politics first-hand, and return with a better knowledge of the system.

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Scientists conducting a winter study of bats ask for public help tracking bat movements in the region in winter, bats’ normal hibernation time, to collect data of their normal behaviour so scientists have this information in case White Nose Syndrome, a deadly parasitic fungus, comes here.

February

The path to realizing a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor is made a little smoother for UBC Okanagan student Kaisha Woods, 18, who receives a 2014 Irving K. Barber Aboriginal Student Award for $3,500.

March

Mackenzie Mohr advocates for her friend Jevon MacLellan, who has cerebral palsy, in a story telling people to look past his disability and hire him for a job: “You will see him as I do, as an intelligent and kind person…Open your minds to all individuals; it’s amazing what a little acceptance can do.”

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The REM Lee Theatre gets new stage drapes thanks to the non-profit Theatre Alive, in its 30th year of promoting the arts in the community and raising funds, which replaces the drapes at a cost of more than $9,000.

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photographer / curator Nancy Pratt encourages women to be happy with their bodies and base their self-esteem on what they look like at any age with the Celebrate Your Breasts Project, which includes photos of local women with a design painted on their bare chests. Also Pratt shares her own, and other women’s, experiences of the pain and problems breast implants can cause with photos.

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Rai Read, Melanie Abbott, Brent Webb and Jaco Strydom run as team Stigma Stompers in the BMO Marathon to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“We are running to raise awareness of the stigma that those with a mental illness face on daily basis. It’s an invisible illness, we have immense sympathy for someone with MS or cancer but as a society we often shun and are fearful of someone with schizophrenia. We hope to reduce that fear and stigma,” says Read.

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Police officers, City of Terrace officials and family and friends come together March 19 to honour Const. Mike Buday killed on that day 30 years ago. A large plaque with a photo and write-up about him is unveiled at a ceremony at the newly-named Constable Michael Buday Park behind the 5300 block of Mountain Vista.

 

 

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