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Highway 16 upgrades Guardrails are going to be installed on the Cluculz Lake Hill on Highway 16. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September and will cost an estimated $158,000. The goal is to prevent vehicles from going off the road on the hill to improve safety for drivers and other road users such as walkers and cyclists.

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Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Warning: This story contains some graphic description of a bear encounter, as told by the survivor. Please do not read the story if you may be offended by the violent nature of the event. Resilient. This word must be used to describe a man like Conrad Boyes. While there are some people who would let fear keep them from ever experiencing the true wilderness, even after a near-death encounter with one of the wilderness’ most intimidating residents, a sow grizzly bear, Boyes can’t wait to get back out there. As soon as he gets his gun back from the game wardens, who have had the firearm since the incident, “I’m ready to go again,” said Boyes. Boyes is currently recovering well after a vicious encounter with a female grizzly bear in a remote wilderness

Vanderhoof man survives bear attack area in the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, 90 miles outside of Fort Nelson. Boyes said his life has been in the bush, and he will never stop going back, perhaps not surprising for someone who was raised in northern Ontario on a trap line. It was likely the skills and experience Boyes has been gaining over his nearly 60 years of life which saved him, keeping his wits about him in a moment when most of us would likely have frozen. The trip began as it had every year for the past 16, with Boyes and other close family all meeting up outside of Fort Nelson, where his older brother would meet them with his four-seater airplane and fly the group into a remote area where they made camp, this year near Kluachesi Lake. The group walked up the valley, away from the lake where the plane was, about one and a half hours, to where they set up a camp.

This year, Boyes was there with his two brothers, his sister, and his niece, all from different parts of central B.C., including Kamloops, Quesnel, Prince George and Vanderhoof. The group were experienced hunters and outdoorspeople, but one had made the mistake of dropping a sleeping bag between the plane and the camp. After two days of hunting, both Boyes and his brother had shot an elk each, which the group had packed the same afternoon they had shot them. Because he had his meat, Boyes decided to go for a hike back to check on the plane and grab some more supplies, as well as take a look for the missing sleeping bag on his way back. It was on the walk from the plane when Boyes heard some noise in an opening, and suddenly, 15 or 20 feet in front of him, a big female grizzly stood up on her hind legs.

“She let’s one big roar out, eh … and all of a sudden she’s down on her fours, coming at me,” said Boyes. “That split second, I knew she was coming, I pulled my gun off my shoulder, flipped it down took the safety off and I managed to get two shots - bang bang -… and she was on top of me.” The bear got him by his thighs first, tearing two large holes “the size of twoonies” and about an inch and a half deep. Bleeding from his wound, he sat up, and the bear was “boxing him about his ears” so he attempted to get his hands up to protect his face and eyes. The bear chewed on his arms, then got her mouth on his bottom jaw and crunched down on it. “I can still hear my jaw going snap, crack, snap, bang, bang.” said Boyes. He was on his back with the bear on top of him, and he managed to position his hands to try and pull open

the bear’s jaw enough to get his hands and face out of them, but not before she had chewed his one thumb nearly off and torn the ligaments of the other. He then put his feet on her chest and kicked as hard as he could. Meanwhile, the bear was slowly succumbing to the injuries from the two shots Boyes had managed to get off, and he could hear her chest gurgle and wheeze as she breathed, one shot having hit her lungs and the other her heart. The bear rolled over, got up onto her four feet and took off into the bush, where he could hear her still nearby. “I knew then she was dying,” said Boyes. Boyes then got himself to his feet, found his gun and while at first he couldn’t operate it with his damaged thumbs, he managed to reload, and then he grabbed his coat and hat and began to make his way back to camp. Continued on Page 3


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Volunteers honoured LEFT: Holly Behncke was one of a number of volunteers honoured recently for their service this season at the Fort St. James National Historic Site. Behncke spent more than 450 hours volunteering her skills at the local park, doing demonstrations of bobbin lace-making. Kevin Gedling/Parks Canada

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Ski area looking for both funding and a general manager Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier Murray Ridge Ski Area and the board of directors which help to manage it are facing some challenges as the winter season nears. With no general manager at the moment, the mountain is looking for a new person to take the helm, and also hoping to raise some substantial capital over the next few years. General Manager Dan Goff has stepped down after getting a year-round position with the Wildfire Management Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural

Resource Operations, and the group is looking for someone to take his place. There are also some upgrades and maintenance to buildings which need to take place. The shop which houses the groomer is in need of replacement, and a rough estimate of $120,000 is what the board thinks it may cost to replace the sizeable building, which they hope to start next year. The cable for the tow-lift, is also going to need replacement in about five years another estimated $100,000 in upgrades money the non-profit, community-run ski hill currently doesn’t have.

The cable had stretched over the many years of use and required constant adjustment last season. But the news is not all bad for the hill, because stress-testing of the current cable and a shortening and re-splicing led to a positive diagnosis of its integrity for the time being. Had the stress test been negative, the society would have needed to try and find the funds to replace the cable as soon as possible. Now they have a few years to look for grant funding and other income sources to help cover the costs.

Grizzly encounter Continued from Page 1 Boyes said he knew he was in trouble if he didn’t get back as fast as possible, because he was bleeding quite badly. It was a 45 minute run back to camp, so he took his bearings and made his way back as directly as he could. By around 12:30 p.m., he was back in camp, less than an hour after the attack. Immediately, his sister and brother did what they could in terms of first aid for their injured brother and made him as comfortable as possible. His older brother David also went to the plane in order to radio for help. The plane was one and a half hours away on foot. The message was relayed through a passing plane, and in five hours, two helicopters arrived, one with paramedics and one with RCMP and game wardens armed with guns in case there was still an injured bear in the area. Boyes was flown out to Fort Nelson, where he was then put on a plane and flown to Edmonton, where he said he received the best care possible in sewing his face and other injuries up. “To see me now, you can’t even see the scars, (the surgeons) were so good,” he said. “They did an

awesome job.” He had to have surgery on his jaw and thumbs, has had his left thumb sewn back on and his right one had the ligaments put back in place as well. He has a plate in his jaw, and his mouth can only open a small amount, but his wife is taking great care of him, he said, blending up his food until he can chew again. Boyes can still get around fine, and said he is healing up well, and he hopes to return to work in a month or two, but it will depend on his thumbs.

He owns a delivery truck, which his son has taken a leave of absence from his job to run while Boyes continues to heal, but he isn’t allowed to drive yet. The bear Boyes encountered was located deceased by the game wardens, he said, and she had a couple of two-year-old cubs nearby, which explains her aggressive behaviour. “That’s life eh, that’s their domain and you’re in their domain,” said Boyes. “Born and raised” with a gun in his

arms, Boyes gives the credit to his survival to two things: his .3006 semiautomatic rifle and his lifetime of experience with guns and the bush. His dad always made sure they knew how to handle a gun, he said, and how to “make the shots count.” “It all paid off in the long run,” said Boyes. The real payoff now for Boyes is he is getting to enjoy his eight-month-old grandson. “That’s just life,” said Boyes. “It’s in

the past and we’re still here to tell the story.”

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Truck fire on Hwy 27 Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier A lone vehicle fire on Sept. 26 had traffic slowed along Highway 27. The driver of the truck reportedly saw sparks coming out of the trailer near the electrical components. By the time the driver was able to pull over and take a look, the fire was more than he could put out. The medium-sized transport truck was pulled over on the southbound side of Highway 27, just north of Vanderhoof when it happened, but no firefighters attended the scene because it was outside of fire jurisdiction boundaries. There were no injuries in the incident, and the fire was left to burn itself out, with traffic control helping with traffic until the truck was cool enough to tow away. RIGHT: A truck parked alongside Hwy 27, just outside Vanderhoof was still smoking as traffic was driving by on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The incident looked much worse than it was, with no one injured in the incident. Caledonia Courier Photo

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Closure for one family

Losing our democracy

Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier As a girl, my best friend’s family had a dark mystery. It was a sad story no one liked to talk about. It was the horrible murder of my best friend’s aunt - Colleen MacMillen - when she was just 16 years old, in Lac La Hache, B.C.. My friend’s mother, a beautiful and athletic woman, had a fairly large family, but there had always been this sizable hole in it. A hole full of questions and sadness. News this week of RCMP believing her killer to be Bobby Fowler, a United States convict who died in prison in 2006 have come after nearly 40 years of pain and the fear her killer was still out there for the family. But the work of the investigators and the new technology which linked Fowler’s DNA to old samples from the MacMillen case will at least provide the family some sort of closure, knowing the perpetrator of the unspeakable murder of young Colleen will not be able to harm another young woman. Nothing will ever heal the wound this

family has endured for nearly four decades, but perhaps going forward investigators will understand the importance of leaving no avenue untrodden and it is never too late to try again. The resampling of evidence and resubmitting DNA samples as technology advanced is a heartening show of diligence on the part of investigators. Hopefully their persistence is attributable to a desire for justice and not due to increasing pressure within the past decade as the numbers of unresolved missing and murdered women cases continues to pile up. This is a case where technology has absolutely made a difference, as it allowed investigators to search databases across jursidictions and for them to obtain viable DNA samples from older evidence. Thank goodness for the technology which has made this possible, and I hope in the future investigators continue to be as dedicated to finding answers and preserving evidence. I hope there are answers for other families much sooner than four decades later; for Madison Scott, Bonnie Joseph, and so many other women still missing or murdered.

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Prince George Free Press When is a democracy not a democracy? When the democratically elected representatives don’t sit, debate, and vote on issues before the government. Welcome to the Protectorate of British Columbia, where we are ruled by Liberal spin-doctors and their re-election machine. News last week that the Liberals have cancelled the fall sitting of the legislature is undoubtedly predicated by spin-doctor rationale that MLAs are tougher to be held accountable for their actions when not required to answer questions about their shenanigans. It should be mentioned, though, that Premier Christy Clark learned this particular trick from her predecessor, Gordon Campbell, who also thought that democratic conventions got in the way of ruling and would often cancel sittings of the legislature. Newly-minted Finance Minister Rich Coleman’s first order of business was to break the news that natural gas revenues in the province were down and, as a result, the province has undertaken austerity measures akin to the Bill Bennett days of the early 1980s. Isn’t that, and the measures the government is going to undertake to try and bal-

ance the books, worthy of discussion by our Legislature? Apparently not. Instead, all the forces of government will focus on preparing a budget that the Liberals can present next spring, just prior to the election, telling us that all is well with the world because they are at the helm. Even though the province is now blustering about on the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, shouldn’t its position be debated in our Legislature? Apparently not. It was just a few short months ago that this same Liberals government rushed through a spate of legislation in the spring sitting so they could get the summer break started in time. While this province has extremely robust employment numbers, child poverty is still more of an issue here than in the rest of the country. Shouldn’t that be discussed in the Legislature? Apparently not. When those who are looking for your vote come knocking on your door next spring, just ask them one question: Are you and/or your party committed to having spring and fall sittings of the legislature every year? Those who cannot commit that are not committed to democracy and, therefore, not worthy of democracy’s highest honour … your vote.

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Breakthrough on Highway of Tears case Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to further track the movements of a suspected killer who may have been operating in the area. Bobby Jack Fowler is now being linked with the murder of 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen from Lac la Hache in 1974. The teen went missing after leaving to hitchhike to her friend’s house via Highway 97 and was later found dead near 100 Mile House. Until now, the case was one of a number of unsolved cases along highway corridors in the north and interior of British Columbia being investigated by Project E-PANA, a task force formed in 2005. E-PANA is looking at 13 unsolved murders and five missing women cases along highways 16, 97 and 5 between 1969 and 2006. It was DNA evidence which has led RCMP to the conclusion Fowler was the man likely responsible for MacMillen’s death, with new technology making it possible to get a sample and DNA profile good enough to provide to INTERPOL for international database searches. This case is reportedly the oldest DNA match in INTERPOL’s history. Fowler, a man born in Texas, died at age 66 in an Oregon prison in 2006. According to RCMP, he had an “extensive violent and criminal history with convictions in several American states for crimes including, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, sexual assault, arson, kidnapping, attempting sexual assault and firearm offences.” Fowler passed away in the prison of natural

ABOVE AND BELOW LEFT: Bobby Fowler through the years. Photos courtesy of RCMP

causes while serving a sentence for a violent attack on an Oregon woman in 1995. RCMP are still trying to trace Fowler’s movements throughout the past four decades, and have confirmed he worked in the Prince George area in 1974. Fowler was working as a roofer for Happy’s Roofing at the time. A man who traveled over large areas, often in short periods of time, stayed in motels or rented and drove old cars until they quit. Fowler reportedly was violent towards both men and

Thank You Fort St St. James Community Foundation Society thank thanks the following businesses and volunteers for helping us make our first Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraising Event a Success on August 16th. Your contribution helped us meet our $10,000 fundraising goal for this event. The Foundation Society raised $10,522.00 on August 16th through direct donations, auction bids and beverage purchases. A big thank you to all community members who attended the event to make those auction bids! The Society has reached its $25,000 fundraising goal for 2012, and this $25,000 will be matched by the Northern Initiative Development Trust. Canyon Tree Farms Bell Heather Contracting Jeff Playfair Trucking RBC Pronto Glass Ouellette Bros Construction Integris Credit Union Joyce Helweg The Window Box Rupis Salon and Studio Beauty by Vengeance Sana’aih Market Overwaitea Foods Riverside Cellar Shevaun Ink Tattoo Pat Gauthier Pam Telup Music on the Mountain Society Vidoe Rentals Norm Leggatt Joanne Alexander Mary Willick June Willick Janna Trebula Tanya Krisselbrink Andrew Wheatley Phil Short Cam McCormick Kevin Gedling Nicole Jones Riley Willick Jacqueline Wheatley Nicole Jones Kelsey Wheatley Yellowhead Helicopter CNC Professional Cooks Program Students Fort St. James National Historic Site Carmen Wheatley Public Notary Corp. District of Fort St. James Mayor & Council We invite the public to continue to support the Fort St. James Community Foundation Society through personal and company donations. Our fundraising goal for 2013 is again $25,000, and it will be matched with another $25,000 from the Northern Initiative Development Trust. We look forward to granting to community initiatives in the near future

women and frequented bars and restaurants and picked up hitchhikers. Anyone who worked with, socialized with or had any contact with Fowler is asked to come forward to help RCMP trace his movements and possibly connect him to other unsolved cases. RCMP are considering Fowler a person of interest in nine other E-PANA investigations. In particular they are looking at the murder of Gale Weys from Clearwater, who

Community Events Community Events are free of charge as they are sponsored by the Caledonia Courier COMING EVENTS... Will appear as space is available, free of charge in this section. Coming events are available to non-profit organizations only. This area is not intended for thank you submissions or selling products. It is simply a place for nonprofit organizations a place to announce upcoming free activities. You can e-mail your item to advertising@ominecaexpress. com or by fax: 567-2070. Your organizations’ announcement can also be dropped off at our office located at #111-250 Stuart Drive, Fort St. James. Decision of the publisher is final. *** FORT ADULT CENTRE FOR EDUCATION...Suite 221-250 Stuart Drive, in the Goodwin Building. Open daily 8:00-4:00. Call 250-996-7712 for more information. *** FIREWEED STOPPING THE VIOLENCE & OUTREACH SERVICE For those who believe all is possible!...Provides free Confidential, Safe, and Supportive counselling and outreach services for women. Hours of Service: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and every other Friday. Location: Room 203, 349 Stuart Drive, Fort St James, BC Phone: (250) 996-1214 Fax: (250) 9967647 Email: *** ST PATRICK’S ANGLICAN CHURCH... hosts a free lunch every Tuesday from 11.00am 1.00pm. All are welcome. This lunch is made possible through the generous giving of time and resources,by many people in the region, including Sylvia Isaac, The Roman Catholic Church, Camp Living Water, and many other individuals.We wish to thank all those who contribute their labour to this program as well as those who provide food and other necessities.

We also run a small food bank on Tuesday morning, and are very thankful for all who contribute to this endeavor. For further information please call Gwen Andrews 567-6744. *** SERVICE TIMES... at St Patrick’s Anglican Church, Fort St James, will be 2.00pm every Sunday. Friday at 6.00pm - Each week we offer a Fellowship time with soup, music, and prayer, at St Patrick’s Anglican Church Hall beginning at 6.00pm. Please come and join us. *** FIREWEED CLOTHES DRIVE...The Fireweed Safe Haven is doing a winter clothes drive. We are looking for jackets, boots, snow pants, mitts, hats, scarves, fleeces, etc, for men, women and children. The items will then be given to families in the community that need them. If you do not have anything at home that you can part with but still wish to contribute, you can purchase mitts, socks, or thermal underwear. Please drop items off at the Fireweed Safe Haven. For more information please contact Talia at (250) 996-8081. Every little bit helps. *** AUXILIARY TO STUART LAKE HOSPITAL... Monthly meeting 2nd Wednesday each month. Hospital Cafeteria 7:00 p.m. *** FORT ST. JAMES PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS... Tuesday 11:30-8:00 Wednesday 11:30-4:30 Thursday 11:30-4:30 Friday 11:30-8:00 Saturday 11:00-3:00 *** NECHAKO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY... Child and Youth Mental Health and Counseling Services available at no cost. Monday to Friday 8:30

am to 4:30 pm. Call 996-7645 for appointment. *** FORT TRAP AND HANDGUN CLUB... meets last Sunday of every month. Contact Sharon at 9968373 for more information. *** FORT ST. JAMES SEARCH & RESCUE... steering committee meetings first Tuesday of every month. 7:00 p.m. above the Fort St. James Firehall. Training is the third Tuesday of every month at the Firehall at 7 p.m. New members welcome. *** MUSIC MAKERS...New members always WELCOME. Not everyone has to be on stage, there is lots of work behind the scenes. Call Rosemary Allan at 250-996-8997 for more info. *** THE THRIFT STORE...has a new name! “The Bargain Basement”. We are still at the same location, across from Shoppers Food Mart. Donations of clean clothing and small housewares are greatly appreciated. Please, no books or magazines. Proceeds are used for community needs. Open Wed-Sat, 12 noon to 4pm. *** PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT...If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at: 1-800670-2247. *** ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS... Every Thursday, 8 p.m. at the United Church Hall on 2nd Avenue. Contact 996-8290. *** FIREWEED SAFE HAVEN...a safe place for women and their children leaving violence or abuse. 24 hour access - please call 996-8000. ***

disappeared on Oct. 16, 1973 and whose body was found six months later, and Pamela Darlington, from Kamloops, found murdered on Nov. 7, 1973. Both women were 19 years old at the time. The Weys family read a statement after the RCMP announcement, asking anyone who may have information to help provide some closure for the death of Gale Weys: “As a family we truly never thought this open wound would be resolved in any way; we had given up hope.” “If you have any memories of this man Fowler or recollections of these events please contact the police tip line or crime stoppers. Perhaps you found her clothing and didn’t understand what you had found; perhaps you met or worked with this man. Perhaps he assaulted you in some way, made you feel uncomfortable or maybe he was involved in a bar fight. Anything could be hugely helpful, even if you are not 100 per cent certain it’s truly related, or you think it’s just trivial. If fear has kept you silent, Fowler can no longer hurt you in any way, so please come forward. For our family and other families that are going through the loss of a loved one there is still that uncertainty of not knowing; questions and emotions left hanging. If you can help in any way please do so for Gale and all the other women.” Anyone with any information on Fowler or who may have come in to contact with him can call the E-PANA tip line at 1-877-543-4822 or Crimestoppers.


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Courier Open house on environment Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier On Thursday, Sept. 27, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) held an open house in Fort St. James. The open house at the College of New Caledonia, was to give the community the chance to ask questions of the EAO or Thompson Creek (owners of the Mount Milligan Mine) about the proposed amendments to the Mount Milligan Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) during the period for public comment, as the EAO reviews the requested amendment. The full application was available for the public to read, and the proposed amendments were handed out by Thompson Creek. A similar open house took place the Wednesday night in Mackenzie, and Tracy James of the EAO said the community of Mackenzie had similar questions and concerns to those so far expressed by Fort St. James, with the exception of the change of the ore load-out facility. The ore load-out was originally proposed to be constructed in the industrial area north of Fort St. James. The proposed amendment would move the load-out to Mackenzie, where Mount Milligan hopes to negotiate a lease with Kemess Mine to use their loadout, which Kemess is not currently using. While if Kemess did eventually need to use the load-out in the future, Mount Milligan would then build a loadout near the Kemess facility on adjacent property. The proposed EA amendments also include a permanent 450-person camp on site at the mine, which would accommodate their entire operational workforce on site as well as have capacity for contractors, maintenance personnel and visitors or temporary employees. The applicant Thompson Creek is arguing the changes are necessary from a

L-R: Jocelyn Fraser, Joan Burdeniuk and Dave Bailey chat at the open house. Fraser and Bailey, both with Thompson Creek, were answering questions on the proposed ammendments to the EAC. Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier

business perspective in helping to recruit operations staff and keep costs down (in the case of the load-out). “We believe that these two amendments do not undermine or materially alter the Environmental Assessment’s Office original conclusion that the project will not have significant adverse effects,” says the application. The Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce, however, makes some points which disagree with this take on the amendments. A letter of comment by the Chamber takes issue with both

the proposed camp and the change of load-out location, with some strong points. “The burden or cost of building this mine has had some positive business benefits to our community, but there is also a cost to this positive business spin off. These costs are heightened community stress, pedestrian safety concerns, a huge increase in heavy traffic, and significant wear and tear on our roadways. Some consequences of these costs are the increased heavy industrial traffic which are the municipality’s financial burden (local tax payer) of road use and repair


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in town, as well as, provincial costs related to the damage of Highway 27 and especially the North Rd. We were lead to believe that a benefit to the above mentioned costs would be a load out facility that would provide guaranteed jobs and spin-off revenues for the local commu-

nity. It is grossly unfair to impose the burden of construction-related transport on the Fort St. James community and then route the product on a less-economical longer road system, verses the established, shorter and safer one to our town.” The letter also points out what the Chamber considers contradictions in the amendment application, with the statement the Mackenize route is “nearly identical” in distance in the argument justifying the relocation of the load-out - while it is 8 km longer each way to Mackenzie - but then the driving time for the route is expected to be longer given the road geometry, which the Chamber points out is a 10 per cent increase in distance and 25 per cent increase in time. The Chamber argues this would create a larger environmental impact over the life of

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Courier Community effort to renovate Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier After holding a yard sale and a spaghetti dinner to help raise more funds, the local soup kitchen reno is getting closer to completion. On Sept. 22, a spaghetti dinner with a silent auction and live music raised over $4,700 towards the expansion of the local community soup kitchen which houses the lunch program once a week and the breakfast program. There were also long tables of knitting donated by Anglican Church women. “It was amazing,” said Reverend Gwen Andrews. “Those who came were very, very generous.” Andrews also said the Fort St. James Christian Outreach Group put it all together, and have been very grateful for the support of the businesses, volunteers, and those who attended their fundraiser. The Outreach Group is comprised of members of the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Free Evangelical

Church, all who help to run the Tuesday Lunch Program. “It’s wonderful to see us all working together,” said Andrews. The yard sale, dinner and private donations have raised over $8,000 for continuing the renovations. The kitchen addition is to “lock-up” stage so far. The latest funds will go towards completing the exterior with items such as siding, and exterior door, and other necessities like plumbing and heating, insulation and gyproc. Tessa enjoys her new knitted toque after The electrical work is a spaghetti dinner in the FSJSS gym. The being generously donated fundraiser dinner also included live music, a by a local contractor. silent auction and some crafts for sale. The group hopes to Ruth Lloyd, Caledonia Courier have the expanded kitch-

en operational by mid-November and will be working to continue to raise funds for the final finishing work such as flooring and fixtures. A deep freeze filled with a large

amount of meat has also been donated by a Vanderhoof rancher. Anyone interested in the project can contact Revered Andrews at 250-5676744.

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the month of September Contributed Volunteers for Parks Canada and Fort St. James National Historic Site are being recognized this month for their contributions over the past couple of years. Volunteers in both Prince George and Fort St. James have been involved in delivering outreach programming, assisting with special events, performing heritage crafting demonstrations and advising on marketing initiatives and continue to play a critical role in the success of the historic site as a whole. Volunteerism at Fort St. James has deep roots in the commemoration of the National Historic Site there: and go back right to the very reasons why the area was set aside in the 1970’s as a National Historical Park. Fort St. James National Historic Site benefits from two great volunteer programs: one being the Friends of Fort St. James National Historic Site, who are a cooperating association for the Parks Canada site. ABOVE: Natalie Baillout (right), being recognized this weekend Their board of directors and past by historic site staff, for her help in the Officer’s House. membership of more than 200 Rene Leidl, park interpreter,is presenting a certificate to her. Photo courtesy of Fort St. James people and businesses repreNational Historic Site sent the heart of the community program: a small contingency the commemorative sigthere. The other program (being created in the spring of 2010 nificance of Fort St. James recognized here) is the Parks to assist in engaging residents National Historic Site, the Canada Park Ambassadors of Central Interior BC with only Parks Canada managed

FSJSS teacher to receive medal from Gov. General Mr. Travis James, a teacher at Fort St. James Secondary School, will be receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in Toronto on October 13, 2012. This award will be given to Mr. James by the Governor General, David Johnston, because of “an individual commitment to excellence in education with a focus on experiential learning.” Ms. Seguin indicated that Mr. James thanks the Board for “the support he has received in leading and organizing student tour.”

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site found in the region. Amongst the volunteers being recognized for the Prince George group are Corey Walker, Tana Woodward and Kathleen Dalzell. Amongst the volunteers from Fort St James being recognized are a family of three German residents including Sina Elrick and her parents Dieter and Holly Behncke. Holly has become somewhat well known in Fort St. James by offering bobbin lace making lessons on a volunteer basis from the Officer’s House. She has contributed more than 450 hours to the historic site operations assisting park interpreters to deliver special event programs, conducting her lace making lessons and providing daily tours of heritage buildings in English and German. Jessica Sparling has also been an active volunteer for the

past two summers and spends time assisting interpreters in their buildings and delivering a few points about the heritage sheep breed found at the Officer’s House. Natalie Baillout also provided significant assistance in the Officer’s House building and to our Sunday Afternoon Tea programs. For people who may wish to explore volunteer opportunities at Fort St. James National Historic Site further, such as crafting demonstrations, artist-inresidence placements or other similar roles, please contact via email at For all other opportunities, individuals should email the same address, making their email requests out to the Friends of Fort St. James National Historic Site. For information call 9967191.




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Fire Chief Rob Bennett First Responder

Don Fraser Assistant Fire Chief

John Bennison Lieutenant First Responder

Lisa Button Lieutenant

Doug Hearn Fire Fighter

James Waddell Fire Fighter

Alexandra Luggi Fire Fighter

Joy Reierson Fire Fighter & First Repsonder

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Protect your family from Fire Fire Prevention Week -- October 7-13, 2012 Fires are real, not just events in the news or movies. Fire is fast, extremely hot and spreads rapidly. It creates thick black toxic smoke that is even more deadly than flames! When fire strikes, seconds are important! There is no time to stop and think. Everyone needs to know what to do! Smoke alarms provide the early warning of the problem and a home fire escape plan will provide time to escape safely. Although we hope you never have to use it, planning and practising your home escape plan may one day save your life and the lives of your loved ones. The 2012 Fire Prevention Week Cam-

Have 2 Ways Out paign is “Have 2 Ways Out”. This year’s theme “Have 2 Ways Out” focuses on keeping you, your family, and your community safer from fire. Additionally, the campaign focuses on how to plan and practice escaping from a residence, should a fire occur.

Remember, fire safety starts The fire service has again partnered with with you! local schools to teach children and their families the importance of developing and practicing a home fire drill. School age children will learn these skills by completing an interactive fire safety worksheet - Fire Safety We would like to

HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING and drills are basic, but essential elements of fire safety It’s too late to start developing a home fire escape plan when fire strikes. Everyone in the home needs to be prepared in advance, so that they can snap into action when the smoke alarm sounds. Smoke alarms provide the minutes needed to escape a fire safely. Home fire escape planning and practice ensure that everyone knows how to use that time effectively. A home escape plan includes: • two exits from every room in the home

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(usually a door and a window); • properly installed, working smoke alarms throughout the home; • a meeting place outside in front of the home where everyone will meet immediately upon exiting; and • the local emergency phone number, or 911. All exits should be unblocked and open easily. Security bars on windows should have quick release devices, which unlock the bars from inside the home, and allow access to

the window. Home fire escape plans should be practiced regularly, at least twice a year. Get out and stay out! Never go back in a burning building to save someone or retrieve other items. If a person or pet is trapped inside, alert the fire department immediately. Fire spreads rapidly. In some instances, you and your household may have as little as two minutes from the time the smoke alarm sounds to escape safely.

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Bob Hughes Fire Fighter

Alex Pierre Training Officer

Brian Schnepf Captain

Harvey Goff Fire Fighter

Kelly Burdeniuk Deputy Fire Chief

Taylor Huhn Fire Fighter & First Responder

Macleod Smith Fire Fighter

Josh Schnepf Junior Fire Fighter

Brian Rivard Fire Fighter

Ashleigh Woodley Junior Fire Fighter

Melissa Schnepf Fire Fighter

Brandon Ayers Fire Fighter

Albert Millsap Dispatch

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Fire Prevention Week October 7-13, 2012 Rob Garden Fire Fighter

Richardo Debeurs Fire Fighter

Shane Garden New Recruit Fire Fighter

Mark Rivard Training Officer

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For the winter remember that: The winter season is the worst season for fires in Canada. That is why all Canadians must be mindful of the importance of fire prevention and safety. During the winter, we must heat our homes, most of our meals are prepared and eaten indoors, our clothing is dried indoors and people who smoke tend to do so indoors. ● Heating appliances such as space heaters should not have anything combustible closeby and need at least one metre (three feet) of space around them. Inspect the electrical cord attached. If it overheats, you have a fire hazard. Keep young children away from them. ● Electrical and heating systems can fail and become fire hazards. Ensure they are regularly checked by a professional, especially prior to the winter season when fireplaces, heaters, appliances and other electrical equipment are in maximum use. ● Smoking while in bed, tired or under the influence of alcohol or medication is the most common cause of fires that kill. ● Most chimney fires occur with wood-burning fireplaces. Ensure chimneys are cleaned and professionally inspected regularly. Burn only small quantities of wood at a time. ● Teach children that fire is not a toy; it is a tool we use to cook food and heat our homes. ● Educate your children about the dangers of fire and make sure they know that all fires, even small ones, can spread very quickly. ● Never use a flammable liquid near a flame or source of spark. Be aware of hidden sources like water heater pilot lights, electric motors or heaters. Never smoke while pouring or using flammable liquids. ● If even a small doubt exists about any appliance/equipment that you use, do not hesitate to contact a qualified technician. It may save your life, and the lives of your loved ones.


Signs of an Electrical Problem Flickering lights. If the lights dim every time you turn on an appliance it means that the circuit is overloaded or has a loose connection. ● Sparks. If sparks appear when you insert or remove a plug, it could be a sign of loose connections. ● Warm electrical cord. If an electrical cord is warm to the touch, the cord is underrated or defective. ● Frequent blown fuses or broken circuits. A fuse that continues to blow or circuit breaker that keeps tripping is an important warning sign of problems. ● Frequent bulb burnout. A light bulb that burns out frequently is a sign that the bulb is too high in wattage for the fixture. ●

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Extension cords are a common cause of electrical fires. That is why you must be careful to use only extension cords that are rated for the power used by the device they are powering. ● Extension cords must never be run inside walls or under rugs or furniture. They can be damaged by traffic or heavy furniture and start arcing, which can lead to a fire. ● Extension cords can get warm during use and must be able to dissipate this heat or they can start a fire. ●


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Safety tips for the home Kitchen ‰ Avoid loose long sleeves when cooking. ‰ Check kettles and toasters for damaged electrical cords and thermostats. ‰ Use appliances that have an automatic shutoff. ‰ Keep a timer handy to remind you when the oven and burners should be switched off. ‰ If you take medication that causes drowsiness, do not use cooking appliances. ‰ Use a temperaturecontrolled electric skillet or deep-fryer for frying. ‰ Never leave your cooking unattended. ‰ Use appropriate cooking appliances and keep them clean. ‰ Keep a pot cover nearby to “put a lid on it� in the event of a fire. Living Room ‰ Fireplace: always use a fire screen, ensuring it is the appropriate size for the fireplace opening. ‰ Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in the place of additional outlets. ‰ Smokers should check furniture for fallen cigarettes or embers, which can smoulder undetected for several hours before bursting into flames. ‰ Ensure careful use of smoking materials and extinguish in water before disposal. ‰ Never leave cigarettes in an ashtray unattended. ‰ Use ashtrays with a double rim and deep centre. ‰ Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of the reach of children. ‰ Never leave lit candles unattended. Bedroom ‰ Install at least one smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. For improved safety, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. ‰ Check electrical appliances regularly: electric blankets, heating pads, curling irons, radios, televisions, irons. ‰ Bedrooms should be non-smoking areas. A13

Only a working smoke alarm can save your life! FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCT. 7-14

Smoke alarms save lives “Fall backâ€? to smart home safety As most Canadians turn back the clocks on November 4, here are some timely smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) safety tips: s7HENYOU change your clocks, test your smoke arlam. s9OUHAVE less than three minutes to escape a ďŹ re. So when smoke alarms sound, everyone must know what to do and where to go. Having and practising an escape plan is essential. s)NSTALLONESMOKEALARM on every storey and outside BEDROOMS)NSTALLINSIDE bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. s%NSUREALLSMOKEALARMS are fully powered. Never take out batteries or remove an alarm from ceiling due to a false alarm. s)FYOURHOMEHASANY fuel-burning devices such as a gas furnace, gas water heater, gas appliances, or an attached garage or carport, install at least one CSAapproved carbon monoxide outside all sleeping areas. One per storey is recommended.

s2EPLACESMOKEALARMSEVery 10 years, and CO alarms every 7-10 years (depending on manufacturer) whether battery operated or hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless. So without a CO alarm, humans cannot detect its presence. Despite the average home having several potential sources of the deadly gas, studies show that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have not INSTALLEDA#/ALARM)NADdition to being impossible to detect, CO also has another nefarious trait. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure mimic the u, without the FEVER)TISROUTINELYRESPONsible for thousands of clinic and hospital visits each year, and is commonly misdiagnosed. Prolonged or extreme exposure causes nausea, dizziness, confusion, the loss of physical mobility, brain damage and ultimately, death. More home safety resources can be found on the www. web site.

Analysis was undertaken on almost 50,000 ďŹ res that occurred in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario over a 5-year period involving 663 fatalities. The ďŹ ndings demonstrated that the death rate per 1,000 ďŹ res in the absence of a present, functioning smoke alarm was 74% greater than when a functioning smoke alarm was present.

Thanksgiving turkey ďŹ res cause for concern at 9-1-1 centre % #OMMSlREDISPATCHTEAMIS warning families to be mindful of their turkey cooking during Thanksgiving weekend. “A turkey isn’t something you typically see on a list of household ďŹ re hazards, but we get 9-1-1 calls about ovens going up in ames all the time,â€? says Corey +ELSO % #OMMlREDISPATCHER “The result can be devastating if you’re not careful every time you have something cooking for an extended period of time.â€?

% #OMMHASRECEIVEDSOMEODD calls to 9-1-1 before – including someone wanting to know how long to cook a turkey – but a turkey ďŹ re is no joke. )NFACT ITISALEADING cause of spikes in 9-1-1 calls over the holidays. “A ame in your oven can start easily and escalate quickly,â€? says Kelso. “Oil drippings through a thin tinfoil turkey pan or bits of leftover food residue inside your oven are extremely ammable in a high temperature setting.â€?

Many fatal ďŹ res start at night )NVESTIGATIONS into home ďŹ re deaths very often ďŹ nd that a smoke alarm did not sound. )TMAYHAVE been disconnected or not in working order. The batteries may have been dead, or someone may have taken them out. Smoke alone won’t necessarILYWAKEYOUUP)NFACT THE fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Se-

niors will often need assistance from family members to put safety measures into place. As well, family members are in the best position to reinforce the precautions necessary to help their loved ones prevent or respond to a ďŹ re. Focus on these six priorities to help aging family members protect themselves against ďŹ re in the home.

NINSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. NLarger homes may need ADDITIONAL smoke alarms to provide enough protection. NFor the best protection, INTERCONNECT all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. NAn IONIZATION smoke alarm is generally more responsive to aming ďŹ res and a PHOTOELECTRIC smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering ďŹ res. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended. N Smoke alarms should be INSTALLED away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance. N REPLACE all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.


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Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Rail Experience Needed!! Extensive Paid Travel, Meal Allowance, 4 wks. Vacation & Benefits Package. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License with air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver DO NOT FILL IN CITY or STATE



Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. is looking for Auxiliary / Seasonal Snow Plow Drivers

for November 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 Positions available in Burns Lake, Grassy Plains, Bob Quinn Lake, Tatogga, Telegraph Creek and Jade City. Min. of Class 3 BC Drivers Licence with air endorsement or recognized equivalent required. Wages and allowances per collective agreement.

Apply with resume and references in person to: Burns Lake or Dease Lake Offices, or to or fax to 250-692-3930

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Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. FINISHING OPERATOR & GRADEMAN. Op exp’d for Track Hoe, Skid Steer, Dozer and/or Grader. Min 5 yrs. 403250-8868 SUPERINTENDENT, MAINLINE TRACK HOE OP, PIPELAYERS For Underground installation of Sanitary, Water, Storm. Min. 10 yrs. 403-250-8868

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA Fort St. James Campus The College of New Caledonia is looking to fill the following position:

CLASSROOM AIDE – ATEP The Classroom Aide will assist instructors with the Aboriginal Training and Employment Plans program. Assisting the instructor with preparation for the course. Organizing the classroom facilities and class activities. Assisting the instructor with testing and recordkeeping. Individual tutoring of students and instruction of particular segments of the course may be required. To find out more information about this and other opportunities, and directions on how to apply, please check our website at: Join us. We offer a supportive workplace, great benefits, and competitive salaries. And we have opportunities to grow, both within our college, and within our communities. CNC - A COMMUNITY FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING THAT CARES, SERVES, AND LEADS 3330 - 22ND AVENUE, PRINCE GEORGE, BC V2N 1P8 TEL (250) 562-2131 EXT. 5466 FAX (250) 561-5864 EMAIL: RESUMES@CNC.BC.CA

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Winter Plow Truck Operators Required Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB) is seeking winter plow truck operators for the Fort St. James and Fraser Lake areas. Interested applicants should send their resume to the Fort St. James and/or Fraser Lake AND a copy to the Vanderhoof office. Fax: Fort St. James - 250-996-7727 OR: e-mail: Fax: Fraser Lake - 250-699-6909 OR:e-mail: Fax: Vanderhoof - 250-567-3357 OR email: Applications available at the all yards. For more info contact the Vanderhoof office, located at: 545 Spruce Street. Phone: 567-3114

CASUAL BUS DRIVERS School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) is looking for individuals interested in casual work in the Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Burns Lake areas. QUALIFICATIONS: ● completion of Grade 12 (Dogwood Certi¿cate) ● valid Class II Driver’s License with Air Endorsement ● understanding of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations ● courses and training in defensive driving or a combination of training and experience ● an exemplary driving record as demonstrated by a current driver’s abstract ● excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience/rapport with students in Grades K to 12 ● physical capability to perform the job duties School District No. 91 will assist a successful applicant in acquiring their class 2 license if all other requirements have been met. The starting wage is $23.52 per hour as per the current CUPE Collective Agreement. Resumés must be accompanied by a completed application form which is available on the website at or from the School District Administration Of¿ce in Vanderhoof or from any district school. A complete job description is available upon request or online at Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm, Friday, October 12, 2012. Please forward resumes to: Human Resources School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) P.O. Box 129 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Fax: (250) 567-4639 Email: School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Homes for Rent

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NURSES, Care Aides, Home Cleaners - Bayshore Home Health is hiring casual, on-call RNs, certified care aides and experienced home cleaners. If you are: personable; energetic; positive; possess an outstanding work ethic; a passion for superior client service, and a reliable vehicle, pls forward your resume c/w 2 references to: Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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Trades, Technical

AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing INC. is looking for Welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd Year Apprentices or Journey Person Welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd Year Apprentice $28-$30/hour, Journey Person $32-$35/hour, higher with tank experience. Profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at: (office)780-8462231; (fax) 780-846-2241 or send resume to; p r o d u c t i o n @ a u t o t a n k s. c a . Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform. SOUTH ROCK is hiring for: Paving Personnel (raker, screed, general labourers); Heavy Equipment Operators. Send resume to: or call 403-568-1327.

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Pets & Livestock

Pets Boxer Puppies, vet checked with all shots up to date. Parents on premises. $550. 250567-3193

Merchandise for Sale

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Misc. Wanted

House for Rent avail. Nov 1/12. 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath 1700 sqft log home on 5 acres on Sowchea Bay Rd. $1200.00 plus utilities Professionals Preferred Call 250 613-2667

Townhouses Stuart Lake Townhouses Newly renovated, family oriented, 3 bdrm, 2 bath with basement, 2 parking stalls, No dogs. Ref Req’d 250-996-4073 or 250-996-7598

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Notice of Sale of Motor Vehicle under Warehouseman’s Lien Act To Moise Mattes of Fort St. James, British Columbia, Canada. The following vehicle Blue Chevrolette Cavalier 4 door sedan Vin# 3G1JF52T215132347 will be sold Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 3:00 pm for storage fees incurred to the amount of $1,500.00, at Don’s Repair, 120 2nd Ave East in Fort Saint James, British Columbia, Canada.

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School District No.91 (Nechako Lakes) invites proposals for the Driveway, Parking Lot and Sidewalk Sanding and Snow Removal Contracts for the winter season of 201213, for the following communities: Burns Lake and Area Fort Fraser Fort St. James Fraser Lake Vanderhoof and Area

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Houses For Sale

Snow Removal Proposal SpeciďŹ cations and site information are posted on our Website: or packages may be picked up at the Vanderhoof or Burns Lake Maintenance Facilities. Viewing of the site(s) prior to submission of proposals, along with the Maintenance Area Coordinator, is mandatory. Proposals must specify a lump sum for each site and service. The successful contractor will be responsible to contact WorkSafeBC to determine their coverage eligibility and have the appropriate insurance and licenses. Each site will be awarded separately.

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Please return proposals, clearly marked “Sanding, Snow Removal and Site# to: Tim Bancroft, Manager of Facilities School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) Box 129, 153 East Connaught Street Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 Fax: (250) 567-3992 Closing date for proposals is 12:00 noon. Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The lowest proposal may not necessarily be accepted.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Caledonia Courier

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there. While the Paralympics are competitive, Reid said athletes can still socialize together. Joan Reid is a reluctant athlete. “It’s friendlier (than the Olympics) … but at the end of the “I went almost all the way to the 2010 Paralympics, and I day, you still want to beat them,” she said. didn’t feel like an athlete,” she said. On Aug. 23, she arrived in London, and was there for a While she is humble about her achievements, Reid has just week experiencing the modern security of the games, with returned from the London Paralympics Games, which she sealed buses carefully inspected by dogs and guards before managed to reach after only having 15 months to train. being allowed back into the athlete’s village. Reid grew up in Fort St. James, a young woman her father Her brother Ken Reid and her nieces Marti and Hannah said is the last of his children anyone thought would make Wiltse then arrived in London to watch, arriving the day of the Olympics, and she did not participate in any competitive her first heat. sports in school. “It definitely made it all worthwhile having them there,” “I’m not a team sport person,” said Reid. said Reid, who was overjoyed with their enthusiasm and supWhen she was in Fort, there were not a lot of individual port. sports for youth to get involved in competitively, and she enWith a goal of making the “A” final in her Arms and Shouljoyed riding her bike for fun, but considered herself uncoorders Women’s Single division, Reid achieved her goal, and dinated. she had some good races along the way, beating her previous Yet, after a car accident in 1985 left her in a wheelchair, times in every race. she became involved in sport, which helped to give her purHer first race was her best, beating her personal best by a pose. full 13 seconds, and racing hard to secure third place, in close Initially, Reid became more involved with cross-country competition with the rower from Korea. skiing, and she had aimed to make the 2010 Paralympics as “It was a really fun race,” said Reid. a skier, however a rowing injury in 2007 at the World Cup The next day she was second in her heat, but in the final ended her training and her drive to pursue this goal. medal races on the last day, she did not have any energy, and “My head was not in the game anymore,” said Reid. didn’t make the podium. The broken rib was a result of the strap paralympic athletes However, the experience was something she will always in Arms and Shoulders rowing must wear. The strap helps to remember, with the noise of the crowd and especially hearing balance the rowers and can help to equalize the different types her family cheering her on. of disabilities by isolating the lower body to some degree. After the final, her nieces awarded her their own Cadbury’s However, the strap puts incredible pressure on the ribs medals for her achievements in their own awards ceremony. while rowing hard, and Reid said those types of injuries are Even getting to the games took everything she had, trainnot uncommon. ing everyday for two to three hours, twice a day. For some reason, Reid became disenchanted with racing “It’s pretty much all you can focus on,” she said. after her injury, and she began to turn away from sport in genReid had to quit her job and hire a manager for her busieral. ness, “Cat-tale Cottages” in Enderby, but she said there are “I swore I was never going to get back into it,” she said. great benefits to offset the hard work. But after a persistent trainer kept encouraging her to come “I got to a lot of places in the world,” she said. out for an upper body spin class, she conceded and gave the She said the emotional and spiritual growth she achieved class a shot. through sport is probably what she will remember the most The class was a bit of a revelation for Reid, who said she from her experience, especially because of her family being once again felt the endorphin rush of a workout and the next there as well, and seeing the games through her nieces’ eyes. day she called her coach and asked if she could come back Joan Reid holds a poster photo from her earlier rowing days. She returned to Fort to visit family and to give thanks to all Ruth Lloyd/Caledonia Courier the support she received from the Fort St. James community and try again. She also had the help of a custom-designed strap to avoid while at the games. row against some who had already qualified for the 2012 games, a re-injury of her ribs, made for her by a prosthetics specialist in and while she didn’t beat them, she said she held her own, and it While Reid said she is probably too old to try again, she will Kelowna. not be leaving sport entirely, and is motivated this time to stay gave her confidence a boost before competing in Serbia. While only 15 months before the games, Reid worked hard to She placed first in the races in Serbia, securing her a spot in in shape. meet the time goals in order to reach the qualifiers, and she was the London games. It’s more important when you are disabled to maintain health sent to Serbia in May 2012 for the last qualifiers before London. On Aug. 13, Reid then went to Portugal to train before the and purpose, because disabilities can be so limiting, said Reid. On the way, she went to Italy, where she had the chance to games, having been invited by the Irish team to train with them “Sport will give you a purpose,” she said.

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