Year in Review – October to December

One last review of the community highlights of the last three months of 2011.

A GROUP of elders flies up here to take part in the Nisga’a Journey Home

October

president of the Terrace Concert Society Karen Birkedal announces she’s stepping down after 18 years, and passes the job to her successor, Lisa McLeod, the society’s vice-president and first vice-president in 10 years.

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The Journey Home sees a number of Nisga’a, some of whom haven’t been back to the Nass Valley since being taken away to residential schools as children, get the chance to return and reconnect with their culture with celebrations at Kitsumkalum Hall, and in the Nass Valley villages of Gingolx, Laxgalts’ap, Gitwinksihlkw and Gitlaxt’aamiks.

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Doug Phillips, newly retired health authority employee, travels to Mozambique, Africa to work as a financial advisor for Kubatsirana, a group that works to help reduce the spread of AIDS in Chimoio, a city of about 200,000 about 70 km from the capital city Maputo.

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Helen Owen, who has been the community fundraising coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society here in Terrace since 2008 and was Relay for Life organizer for three years before that, announces she’s taking a job as a team leader for revenue development for the northern region of the Canadian Cancer Society in Prince George.

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Stan Bevan, an instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art here, receives a BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art at a ceremony in Vancouver.

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The Terrace Churches Food Bank starts off its first month opening this fall with shelves stacked with the most items it’s ever had.

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The Legion’s October Veterans’ Dinner celebrates comrade Otto Lindstrom’s 95th birthday.

November

A VARIETY of people come out to unveil a plaque dedicated to all Terrace mayors at city hall.

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Local Kinsman Patrick McIntyre is the first here to get the Hal Rogers Fellow award, the highest award from the Kin Canada Foundation, for his community service and volunteerism. He receives a medal and special pin.

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Corbin King, 92, who managed the Co-op for a number of years, passes away.

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Retiree Ron Ramsey, who spends his time collecting and recycling pop cans, bottles and scrap metal to help pay for prescriptions for seniors who can’t afford them, forms a partnership with Volunteer Terrace, which will assist him to continue helping others.

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Heritage Park Museum receives a donation of old items from the archives at the school board office from retiring school employee Margaret-Ann Baxter.

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A training session becomes a real life search for Terrace Water Rescue (TWR) members on the Skeena River near a local canyon called Hells Gate when RCMP notifies them of a suspect unresponsive body seen floating in the Skeena River.

Water rescue members, along with the RCMP, search the area upstream but are unable to locate anything or anyone in the water fitting the description.

December

betty campbell and Connie Porter celebrate their 90th birthdays with friends, families and dignitaries at the Happy Gang Centre.

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Artist Dempsey Bob’s largest sculpture, Clan Unity, that depicts an eagle, raven and killer whale is unveiled at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The sculpture weighs 700 lbs and is 10 feet high by six feet wide. About 1.2 million people, who go through the building every year, will see it.

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Terrace RCMP auxiliary officer Debbie Simons is honoured with a 20-year pin.

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Volunteer Terrace celebrates its 20th year on a low key with a lunch. For 10 of those years, Lovina Tyler has been executive director.

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