I’m Back

It’s been almost 2 years since our return from Korea. I took a job at the Ministry of Children and Family Development in the northern interior of BC. Last week I was privileged to attend a workshop sponsored by the RCMP and the Ministry of Justice in Prince George “Healing through Learning: Trauma-Informed Practice in Northern BC“.   Trauma-informed practice is now the buzz. We had several people as Key Note speakers who just simply shared their stories. Theo Fleury, NHL player; JR LaRose from the BC Lions, a spokesman for ‘Be More than a Bystander‘; and Kamal Dhillon, a victim of domestic violence and author of her story ‘Black and Blue Sari‘ just to name a few. Every one of these speakers were over comers. Their stories give us all hope that it is possible to break cycles of abuse and trauma.

One of the workshops offered at the conference was ‘Returning to Spirit‘. It was about reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It’s purpose is to help all of us heal from the trauma of the Residential school experience.

I’m super excited and encouraged to see the Truth and Reconciliation  Commission of Canada work being done in our nation.

I look forward to truth and reconciliation taking place in our community!


Part Ten of my husband Maurie’s story: Gold Must be Tried by Fire. This part is all about his experience with bullying. Trail was a rough place to grow up!

Gold Must be Tried by Fire

I remember those Fruitvale Full Gospel services and somehow, even as a young child, I sensed the presence of God, which comforted me. The music stirred my heart, but at some point during the sermon, I always fell asleep and they laid me down on a back pew. When the service ended, I was carried to the car, and mom stopped by the riverbank to pick up dad. I always slept through the entire ride home and my next recollection was a pair of strong arms carrying me into my bedroom and putting me under the covers.

Trail was a rough place. Founded by rugged miners and smelter men, whose DNA coursed through the bodies of their descendants, this was no place for a sissy and that is exactly what I was. However, I was, and still am, thrilled with life. I am excited over a grass hopper, amazed about…

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Happy Birthday, Smokey Bear!

Remember Smokey the Bear?

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Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Seventy years ago today, the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council settled on a mascot for their fire-prevention efforts. On August 9, 1944, Smokey Bear was born.

A few things you might not know about Smokey:

  • Smokey’s famous slogan, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires,” was adopted in 1947. Today, it’s the more inclusive “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.”
  • His proper name is Smokey Bear, not Smokey the Bear. The “the” was added by songwriters to help with the rhythm of Smokey’s song.
  • Before Smokey came along, Disney loaned the Bambi character to the Forest Service for use as a fire-prevention spokesman.

To celebrate Smokey turning 70, why not take his pledge to be smart in the outdoors and do your part to avoid starting wildfires? We think he’d appreciate it.

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