Plenty of good happening here
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond was spot on when she said at a recent Diamond Jubilee medal ceremony: Where’s Maclean’s when you need them?
The glossy-cover magazine rated us Number 1 as the country’s most dangerous city and readers remember that.
The crime stats, subject to interpretation, are nothing to brag about but Prince George can still boast with the most. Our city has many positive stories, proud moments and personal achievements but sadly, people don’t hear about them. Maclean’s doesn’t often send reporters to cover good news stories in this neck of the woods – but that doesn’t mean good things don’t happen here.
“If a tree falls in the forest but no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?”
There are so many local stories of people with small to big victories. It has been such an awe-inspiring week that I wanted to mention some of them.
Ron McIvor, the vision-impaired skier who competed in the Feb. 4 to 10 Ski For Light event in Kamloops, won two gold medals, one for the 10 kilometre run completed in 44 minutes, 51 seconds and, another, in the five kilometre run which he completed in 22 minutes.
Last week Sonia Ollson, a student at CNC, came back from Toronto after being named a finalist in the 2013 Miss Teen Canada Pageant. She will return there this summer to compete after time spent fundraising for charity here at home.
Tristan Ghostkeeper, who trained at Judy Russell’s Enchainement Dance Studio, was sent from the Prince Rupert Dance competition to compete in Australia for Canada. He won the dance battle of the countries.
Scott Smith, a Prince George electrician, was inspired by his five-year-old daughter diagnosed with leukemia to take on the challenges of running the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 5. As a charity runner for the marathon, Smith aims to raise a minimum of $1,500 for the Ronald McDonald House with various local fundraising events.
We will all be rooting for him.
When you look around, there’s lots to like about Prince George and its people and there is a lot to be proud of – I had to change my glasses recently, the new ones have rose-tinted lenses. I see more clearly now.