Year in Review: Community Highlights 2015 June to September

Locals came and went and started or ended longtime pursuits last year

A review of the community’s highlights from the last six months of 2015.

July

Thornhill fire chief Wes Patterson leaves to become deputy fire chief in Port Alberni. Rick Boehm, Thornhill’s deputy fire chief, takes over as fire chief. Both men have spent almost all of their firefighting careers here.

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Chris Arnold is awarded the national CASE-Wiltshire Award of Excellence in Supported Employment after 25 years of helping people with mental or physical employment barriers, enter the workforce through the Provincial Networking Group he co-founded.

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Corporal Mackenzie Lindsay, a soldier with the Royal Canadian Regiment, starts three weeks of intensive drill training for his role in the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces for the summer.

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Ten Terrace Venturers are off to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan as part of 30,000 scouts from 161 countries. Susan Fleming, Timothy Zettler, Aurora Peden, Nathan Archer, Joshua Evans, Briana Greer, Brittney Preston, Chelsey Loset, Megan Bellamy and Brandon Kirkwood go with their advisor Paul Fleming.

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Longtime resident, historian and community champion Yvonne Moen learns she is to be named a Freeman of the City at the opening ceremonies of Riverboat Days. She joins Bill McRae, Jack Talstra, Vesta Douglas and Emil Haugland, the city’s other freemen.

August

Robin Macleod, Caledonia’s longtime performing arts program co-director folds up her director’s chair after 23 shows in 30 years. She continues to teach at the school and co-director Geoff Parr is set to work with students on musicals.

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Terrace teen Sara Pipe, crowned Miss Teenage Northern BC earlier in the year, competes at the Miss Teen Canada national pageant.

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Local artist Jamie Nole donates one of her limited edition prints “Pregnant Frog Woman” to Park Centre, an office of the Terrace Child Development Centre (CDC). Jamie, who is from the Tahltan Nation and Nisga’a Nation under the Frog clan, has been involved with the Terrace CDC programs for the past three years and wanted to give back to the centre.

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Terrace Conservation Officer Ryan Gordon is the first in B.C. to join the Cops for Cancer Tour de North, the first year the event invited conservation services to join. Gordon says he joined Tour de North as an opportunity to give back to the community.

September

A barred owl is saved from a murder of crows by several people.

Gale finds the owl caught in a soccer net at Christy Park, untangles it and leaves it braced against a tree. She asks Tom Walker to check on it where he found it when it burst from the trees and landed at his feet among the noise of the crows. He took it to the provincial conservation office who checked it and shipped it to the Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter.

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Terrace-raised music teacher Andrew Clark is instrumental in his Texas high school being named the 2015 National Signature School by the Grammy Foundation, honouring it as the best in the United States for its music program. For the last six years, Andrew, son of George and Tessie Clark, has been Director of Classical Guitar Studies at McCallum High School in Austin, Texas.

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Terrace girls Johanna Vandenberg, 20, her sister Ria, 18, and friend Sarah, bike across Canada on a three month trip they say was incredibly worth it.

Johanna says her mom, Cathy, made a similar trip with a friend when she was 20, and Johanna has wanted to do it since she was 16.

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings as one of its films, a film about Caleb Brousseau who tackles kayaking with passion, not letting being a paraplegic get in the way. The film Caleb, was made last year by filmmaker Blair Trotman of Papatuanuku Film of New Zealand.

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After spending his whole career here, CFTK cameraman John Dando retires after 43 years, leaving with the distinction of being at the TV station the longest of all the staff currently there.