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Volume 26 Issue 36

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Including the communities of Valemount, McBride, Dunster, Tete Jaune, Blue River, Mount Robson, Crescent Spur and Dome Creek

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“Fishing Derby Winner”

Pat Bennett proudly displays her winning catch, a 4.64 lb. rainbow trout, at the 30th Annnual Valemount Marina Fishing Derby held on Sunday, September 4, 2011. See Page 8 for details! Photo by Tiffany Smith

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Former mayor making a difference at home and abroad Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


t’s happening right now somewhere in the world. According to UNICEF “every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation.” In 2008, the illicit human trafficking market value was estimated to be in excess of $32 billion, according to a United Nations press release. “Canada is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking,” says the 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report from the U.S. Department of State. The report estimates “there are at least 800,000 people trafficked across borders annually, the majority being women trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.” It was similar startling facts that inspired former Valemount mayor, Jeannette Townsend to get involved. Back in 2010, Townsend was visiting her sister in Saskatchewan for Easter, and was given a pamphlet from an International Women’s Day event, which had information about an organization called NASHI. The organization was formed in 2004, after Savelia Curniski, a former teacher from Saskatoon, arrived home from a trip to the Ukraine. During her trip, she had witnessed young girls being loaded into the back of a semi-tractor trailer, she asked one of the bystanders on the street what was happening and was informed about child trafficking issues that currently plague the Ukraine. Upon arriving back in Canada, Curniski contacted Victor Malarek, award winning Canadian journalist and senior reporter at CTV’s W5, and along with fellow associates formed the group NASHI. NASHI has since been hosting various fundraising events to open a safe house for orphans in the Ukraine,

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who are at risk of being targets of child trafficking. On October 23, 2010, Townsend attended a fundraising event in Edmonton, Alta., for project Klenovi Lyst (Maple Leaf) Centre, a NASHI project. The project is aimed at providing a “safe future for at-risk youth,” by supplying a “transition home” to help youth establish life skills that will ensure the youth with a plan for an “economically self-sufficient future.” The keynote speaker at the event was Benjamin Perrin. He is a UBC Law Professor, author and is the first Canadian named “hero in the fight against modernday slavery,” by Hillary Clinton, and the U.S. State Department. He advocates to end child trafficking and raises awareness about one of the most illegal and profitable markets in the world. Perrin’s work has influenced many, and has helped to change Canadian Law. In 2009, after being introduced to some of Perrin’s documented cases, Joy Smith, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, Man., introduced a private members bill to Parliament, in January 2009, mandating a minimum sentence of five years to convicted child traffickers and was adopted as Bill C-268 in on September 30, 2009. Some feel a five year sentence is still not strict enough, when considering the sentence for trafficking more than three kilograms of marijuana is life in prison. The more Townsend learned about child trafficking, the more she wanted to get involved. “It’s going on everywhere,” says Townsend. According to a United Nations report, the global sex industry affects up to 2 million people every year and is the fastest growing business in organized crime – affecting mostly women and children. Townsend received information in April 2011 about a volunteer tour NASHI was organizing to the Ukraine departing in August, for the official opening of the Maple Leaf Center - Klenovi Lyst, and decided she wanted to participate. “It is a beautiful building, they will be able to house 16 girls at a time,” explains Townsend “[NASHI] has doctors and dentists that are committed to care for these girls.” “They have a big classroom there, and they will be

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“Making a Difference”

Victor Malarek, award winning journalist and Senior Reporter for CTV’s W5, along side Jeanette Townsend were in attendance for the opening of NASHI’s project “Klenovi Lyst (Maple Leaf) Centre” located in a small Ukrainian village on August 8, 2011. Photo Submitted

teaching them skills so that they can get a job when they leave.” The tour has been a real eye opener for Townsend. “I am shocked and deeply saddened over the fact that so many children are subjected to the worst kinds of soul destroying cruelty, and this being inflicted upon them by men old enough to be their fathers and grandfathers; men who should protect children, not torture them.” She is committed to doing her part in the fight against child trafficking. “My involvement is to assist in raising awareness through my international network, and raising money by organizing a fundraiser, which will be a concert by an internationally recognized violinist,” says Townsend. For more information on NASHI’s projects or to make a donation visit their website:

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McBride Community Foundation has more to give this fall Daniel Betts Editor


o you need funding for a worthy cause? Help is available through the McBride Community Foundation, which has started another round of granting with intake applications being accepted from September 1 to October 14. If qualified, an organization can receive up to $400 of the available $1,600 of grant funding. This is the third granting cycle the McBride Community Foundation has offered and the second granting cycle for 2011. While a date has not been set for the actual granting of awards the McBride Community Foundation Chair, Loranne Martin, believes it will occur shortly after October 14. Martin felt it important to again remind Valley residents that an individual or business with a worthy project can partner with a registered charity. “This year you can see a heavy influence on youth. We don’t actually have an identified youth charity in this area,” said Martin. Some of the successful granting projects during the last cycle included the Grade 4/5 Swim Program, the

Week-long Art Program for school children with local artist Paula Scott and activities increasing youth participation and awareness during Pioneer Days. The mandate of the McBride Community Foundation is, “To improve the quality of life and benefit the residents of the Robson Valley through grants to charitable organizations for projects that enhance health, education, arts and culture, sports and recreation, environment, social services, youth and seniors,” therefore to be considered, all projects must reflect the foundation’s mandate. Preference will be given to projects that include one or more of the following criteria: 1. Have broad public appeal 2. Are widely accessible to the community 3. Strengthen the social and cultural structure of the community 4. Promote and enhance self sufficiency within the community 5. Promote volunteer participation, demonstrate partnership and collaboration 6. Emphasize, utilize and encourage more ef-

ficient use of community skills and resources 7. Have a definite time period The following do not qualify for grants: • Individual(s) or businesses (unless partnered with a sponsoring charity) • Annual fund drives • Mortgage payments or deficit reduction; usual operational or core expenses • Projects or programs completed before the review of the Committee takes place • Political or exclusively religious activities • Building or establishing endowments The McBride Community Foundation may consider projects of a pressing or immediate nature that address community issues. Application forms can be found at the Village of McBride website at, and selecting McBride Community Foundation from the “Village Office” drop-down Menu. Applications may be dropped off at the Village Office, 100 Robson Centre in McBride. For further information contact Martin by email at

Valley salmon counts complete Daniel Betts Editor


“Valemount Health Centre Rubble”

On September 1, a portion of the Valemount Health Centre, which was the former location of the Valemount Food Bank, was demolished with heavy machinery. Photo by Andrea Scholz

he Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) contract with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation to count chinook salmon in the Robson Valley has expired. Salmon counter Chris Pharness advised The Valley Sentinel that their final count on Swift Creek was 236, which is only slightly down from last years count of 244 but significantly down from 2009 when 471 chinook were spotted. “They are still catching chinook in the sockeye nets in Prince George, so I don’t think the run has peaked,” Pharness said. During his final walk along Swift Creek, which took place on August 25, Pharness only encountered one mortality and it had not died from being spawned out, but had been the victim of an eagle. “I think the numbers could be well higher based on that.” Unfortunately the salmon counters have completed their contract and despite all indications that more chinook are on the way no further counts along Valley creeks will be conducted this year. According to the DFO the official 2011 salmon counts will not be available until late September, which The Valley SentiVILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT nel will be reporting on when they are ready.


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TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Village of Valemount will consider an application for a Development Variance Permit from Walter Magrum for the premises described as 1401 Grenfell Place, Valemount, being Lot 2 Plan 16593 District Lot 5708 Cariboo Land District at the Regular meeting on September 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at the Village Office at 735 Cranberry Lake Road, Valemount.

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Increase the height of the garage from 3.5m to 4.1148m as the garage is of a pre-packaged model and would replace an old garage on the property.

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» DAVE MARCHANT Daniel Betts

In Appreciation


vividly remember the horrifying events that took place on September 11, 2001. I, and most of the world, watched live as 418 first responders perished during the collapse of both towers; another 2,000 first responders were injured during the event. 9/11 illustrated, in vivid terrifying detail, the risks and sacrifices our firefighters, ambulance attendants, search and rescue technicians and police officers face on a daily basis. Being a first responder isn’t a job; it is a community service that comes with the risk of making the ultimate sacrifice a human being can make for their community. I was very disappointed to hear that the New York City organizers of the 10 year anniversary ceremony of 9/11 did not invite the first responders due to lack of room. The brave sacrifice made by those heroic rescuers is a big part of the tragedy and should neither be forgotten or marginalized. I think it is easy to forget or take for granted the important and risky work our emergency workers perform. Sadly, the following heroes died in British Columbia all within the last year, while performing their jobs: RCMP Lower Mainland District’s Police Service Dog ‘Bear’ was struck and killed by a vehicle on July 12, while on duty in Maple Ridge, B.C. Search and Rescue Swift Water Specialist, 29 yearold Sheilah Sweatman of Ymir, B.C. drowned on June 29, in the Goat River near Creston, B.C. while investigating a submerged vehicle. Paramedics Jo-Ann Fuller, 59, and Ivan Polivka, 65, of Tofino B.C. plunged down an embankment and died on October 20, 2010, while returning from a patient transfer. Fires, gas leaks, traffic accidents, armed violent assailants, avalanche prone slopes and raging rivers are all things most of us avoid or even run from, but when called for, emergency responders rush toward these dangers in the hope of saving a life despite putting themselves in terrible danger in the process. These are men and women with families, who voluntarily put themselves at risk to serve our community. What kind of world would we live in without them? On Sunday, September 11, 2011 the McBride & District Chamber of Commerce and the McBride Evangelical Free Church will host the Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner at 6 p.m. I am personally looking forward to having the opportunity to recognize those in our community who have chosen to imperil their lives in order to watch out for our safety and come to our rescue when we are in trouble.


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Understanding the rural development dilemma Dear Editor, During this time of economic uncertainty, the Conservative government is still preparing to cut corporate taxes for the largest companies in Canada. Instead they need to help grow small and medium-sized businesses, which are the job creators and real engines of our economy. No one is asking for a handout, but there is much more that can be done. Recently I met with community leaders from Fernie, Kimberley, Cranbrook and the Creston Valley to discuss key local issues related to my new role as Critic for Small Business and Tourism, Asia Pacific Gateway, and Western Economic Diversification. I heard about the enormous opportunities in this recreation and resource rich area, but also that government partnership in marketing, infrastructure and skills training strategies is needed to fully support development of these opportunities. A robust small business and tourism sector is essential for the development of a sustainable and di-

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verse rural economy. Following their Summer Caucus meetings held earlier this week, Liberals called on the federal government to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs… not cuts, cuts, cuts. It’s time for an effective job creation plan; this must be their number one concern. I would like to thank all participants for their time and feedback about how to strengthen small business and entrepreneurship in rural BC. Joyce Murray, Liberal MP for Vancouver Quadra Liberal Opposition Critic for Small Business and Tourism and former BC Environment Minister – Vancouver B.C.


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Education minister talks about challenges Delynda Pilon Special to The Valley Sentinel


here are a lot of challenges for B.C.’s Ministry of Education on the horizon, from educating the youth of the province to fill the growing need for skill related jobs to improving high school completion rates for aboriginal youth. During a telephone conference call with northern media, Education Minister George Abbott said some of the positive steps this year is full-day Kindergarten for all students in the province. “This is a big step forward from our perspective,” he said and added the enterprise cost about half a billion dollars. “It will have a positive impact in terms of future education results.” The province is also making a move towards personalized learning which includes many elements, from the early identification of either physical or cognitive learning challenges to opening up different paths for students which align more readily with interests leading to employment opportunities. Abbott said currently B.C. graduates about 80 per cent of its students, and with the aid of personalized learning, that number should increase. In contrast, just over 50 per cent of aboriginal students are expected to graduate from B.C.’s schools. “B.C. has the best rate in the nation, but we are still well below what we should be achieving.” He said there has been just over an eight per cent improvement in completion rates for aboriginal students in the past decade, but progress has been too slow. “But we need to keep building on that,” he VILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT said, adding the province allots school districts supplemental funding to aid in this goal. School districts, he said, use the supplemental funding to make

sure all students, including aboriginal students, learn fundamental learning skills from kindergarten through Grade 4 so they can achieve success in higher grades. Preparing students for employment in skills related jobs is also important for the province. Abbott said in spite of the economic recession, there has been growth in areas like mining, construction and forestry. Equipping the youth of the province to fill what has been projected to be in the neighbourhood of about a million job openings in this sector is important. “First and foremost we want every young British Columbian to have the opportunity to participate in the work force.” Accomplishing this means continuing to work with post-secondary and private sector partners. Another positive statement shared by Abbott was there will be few if any school closures in the next year. There will be some school replacements and remediating in the upcoming months as well, although the economic climate has presented challenges. On the negative side, Abbott said the province is right in the midst of contract negotiations with the teacher’s union. “They still seem very far apart in terms of demands and expectations.” Valemount The impact is that while students are going back to school as planned and teachers will be at work, Learning they have withdrawn from doing the administration Centre portion of their jobs. 250-566-4601 THE CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE



» MAILBAG Dear Editor: Through history men such as the first Christians (who were Jews), Martin Luther, John Calvin, Joseph Smith, and many, many in between, discarded their old religious beliefs to start offshoot cults of their own choosing. Later on, when women preachers became accepted … women such as Ellen White also attracted devout followers. Chances are better than not, that if Jesus had been a real man and not a myth … as were other supposed saviour-gods throughout history … he would have been a radical who desired to start a new cult … and that would have riled faithful Jews to the point of killing him as a traitor. Those in religions that believe they own truth are not happy when a new religion tries to grab the “spotlight”. June VanDerMark – McBride B.C.


NOTICE OF NOMINATION Public Notice is given to the electors of the Corporation of the Village of McBride that nomination for the offices of:

Public Notice is given to the electors of the Village of Valemount that nominations for the offices of: Mayor

One (1) person to be elected


Four (4) persons to be elected


Four (4) persons to be elected

Village of McBride Office 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road McBride, BC V0J 2E0

Village of Valemount Office 735 Cranberry Lake Road Valemount BC

One (1) person to be elected

will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:

will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:

9:00 am on October 4, 2011


9:00 am October 4, 2011 to 4:00 pm October 14, 2011 Excluding Statutory holidays and weekends

to 4:00 pm October 14, 2011 Excluding Statutory holidays and weekends

Nomination documents are available at the Corporation of the Village of McBride office during regular office hours.

Nomination documents are available at the Village of Valemount Office during business hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria: • • • • •

Canadian citizen; 18 years of age or older; resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; a person or the commander of an armed forces unit who has been granted freedom of the municipality, if that person is a Canadian citizen; and not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting: Sandy Salt, Chief Election Officer 250-566-4435 Ext 225 Suzanne Bloodoff, Deputy Chief Election Officer 250-566-4435 Ext 230 Chief Election Officer

QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria: • •

Canadian citizen; 18 years of age or older; resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting: Eliana Clements, Chief Election Officer (250)569-2229 Danielle Smith, Deputy Chief Election Officer (250)5692229 Chief Election Officer


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COMMUNITY EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS Community Learning Project Launch In Dome Creek - McBride - Dunster Friday, September 9th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. McBride Robson Valley Support Society Office for more information contact: Nancy Taylor Community Learning Outreach Coordinator 250-569-2266 or 250-968-4358

Mount Robson Marathon

September 10th Mt. Robson and Valemount Free Camping & Family Fun September 10th, in Crescent Spur, BC. Come for the day or camp free all weekend! Campgrounds are suitable for tenting and RV’s (no hook-ups). Enjoy Adventure Tours, a CookOff, and activities for the Kids. You can hike, paddle, geocache, or just hang out on the beach. Tour space is limited so reserve your spot! E-mail: 2011 Fraser Heritage Festival Event: Trapper’s Rendezvous September 11th Come join in the fun at the Dunster Picnic Grounds from 10am- 2pm. Enjoy a potluck (bring something for everyone to indulge in that can be cooked over a fire or eaten cold) and loads of “trapper’s games. Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club Second Annual Poker Ride September 11th, Valemount The ride takes place in the Westridge area. Grand

Prize is a new western saddle. Draw Prizes. Wiener Roast. For more information, contact Riette Kenkel at 250-566-4193 or email

Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner

September 11th The McBride & District Chamber of Commerce and the McBride Evangelical Free Church will host a potluck dinner and presentation of certificates of appreciation starting at 6:00 PM on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For Information or to get involved, please contact Bill Arnold at 250 569 3381, Teresa Frederickson at 250 569 2332 or Linda Fry at 250 569 0138

CBT Grant Writing Workshop

September 16th, 11am-2pm A light lunch will be catered in. Location: 99 Gorse Street (in the old Learning Centre classroom) Tips and tools to assist groups and individuals who typically write grants to various funders for funds and resources to support local community projects and initiatives. Please RSVP by September 12th to: khamilton@ or call 1-800-505-8998

Photography Workshop

September 16-18th- Learn to take better photographs in beautiful Mount Robson Provincial Park. $395/person Call (604) 485-4427

First Annual Robson Valley Back Country

Horsemen of BC Poker Ride- Sept.17, McBride For more information contact Brian Wallace at 250-569-2324, Mellany Ford at 250-569-2359, or Mac Cochrane at 250-968-4498.

Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. 15th Annual Charity Golf Classic- September 17, 2011 All locals are welcome to participate, the cost to enter the tournament will be $100.00 per player. Entry fee entitles each player to: Registration gift, Barbecue lunch, Green fees, Dinner and Prizes.

Terry Fox Weekend Hikes

September 17-meet at 730am at Highway 5 Terry Fox pullout. Phone 566-8244 for more info. September 18- Cranberry Marsh hike - meet at trailhead in front of the Best Western at 1pm. Pledges can be made at Caribour Grill , 566-8244

CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE LADIES NIGHT September 17, 2011 - Best Western CIBC is looking for you to put in a table for this wonderful event, a great way to advertise and a good opportunity to sell. RVSP ASAP no Later than August 30. Call Barbara or Diana 250 566 4483 ext 0 $5 + $35 tables for rent.

PRE-ELECTION DISCOVERY MEETING September 22, 2011 - Community Hall - 7 p.m. Come out and meet potential candidates for the upcoming Municipal Election

ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • “Sticktime” (ball hockey) at the Canoe Valley Rec Centre from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome. Helmets and gloves required. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 am Golden Years Lodge• valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 2nd Mon. 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. • Valemount Pines Golf course - Ladies Day. Fun, food and friends. Hole Prizes Play 9 or 18 holes. New Golfers always welcome. tuesdays: • adult recreational vollEyball 7 - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Ladies Auxiliary #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. WEDNESDAYS: • “Sticktime” (ball hockey) at the Canoe Valley Rec Centre from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome. Helmets and gloves required. • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 pm Downstairs at the library. • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Ladies Kickboxing & Fitness 7-8:30 pm • valemount seniors music night 7-9 pm Golden Years Lodge • TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30PM at the Best Western. • Valemount Pines Golf course - Men’s Night. Fun, food and friends. Hole Prizes Play 9 or 18 holes.

New Golfers always welcome. THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. Thurs at 7pm in the Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656 • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • Chamber of Commerce General Meeting 2nd Thurs of the month @ 12pm at the Learning Centre • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting 3rd Thurs. 7 pm 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. FRIDAYS: • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 pm SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 am • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 • Valemount Pines Golf course - Burger and Beer $10. 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Come and enjoy the view from our Patio. Non-golfers welcome. SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 pm.

Tete Jaune •

Tete Jaune Community Club meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall.


• Dunster family Dance First Saturday of each Month from 7 pm -10 pm Instruction from 7-8pm and short sessions throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances (-waltz, fox-trot, polka, cha-cha, twostep,schottische, etc.) Pot luck snacks at 9pm and then more dancing until 10pm. Admission - $5 for anyone over 12 - maximum of $10 per family. All welcome!!

Contact Pete at 250-968-4334 for more information. SATURDAYS: • DUNSTER farmers market - Every Saturday from 10 - 12 pm, Dunster Hall, Starting July 9 - September 10

McBride • “The McNaughton Family”- 3rd of the Pioneering Families Series - Ongoing exhibit -Valley Musuem • Mcbride community forest Open meeting first Wednesday of the month. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 pm tuesdays: • TOPS Tues. 6:45 pm weigh-in, 7:15 pm meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • Village Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues,7:30 pm, Village Council Chambers. • Alcoholics Anonymous Every Tuesday, 8 pm at the Health Unit. WEDNESDAYS: • KIDZ KRAFTS 2:30-3:30 AT ODDS AND ENDS Diabetes Support Group 1st Wed, 1 pm at Beaverview Lodge & Sat.10 am -12 pm, 441 Dominion St 569-2658 / 569-0113 • Support Group For Families Dealing With Mental Health Problems Last Wed every month 7:30 pm @ McBride Health Centre more info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILLIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 FRIDAYS: • mcbride farmers market - Every Friday, 12 - 3 pm, McBride Village Park, Starting July 8 - September


Final Sprint to Mount Robson Marathon

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“In the shadow”

On September 3, Mount Robson continues to awe tourists at the Mount Robson Visitors Centre, the site of next week’s Mount Robson Marathon. Photo by Andrea Scholz

Don’t Miss the Mount Robson Marathon On Saturday, September 10, up to 300 runners will participate in the first ever Mount Robson Marathon in celebration of the BC Parks 100th Anniversary. There will be full marathon and half marathon events on the Berg Lake Trail. There will also be a 5km race and kids runs near the Visitor Centre. We need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks on the race courses, at water stations, the start/finish line, and in the Visitor Centre area.

Jennifer Meagher contributor


rganizers are gearing up in preparation for the first Mount Robson Marathon which is in celebration of BC Parks 100 Anniversary and taking place at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre. Event hosts include BC Parks, Y.O.R.A., the Village of Valemount and is made possible by many sponsors. We can be very proud of how the community has come together in celebration of this Canadian jewel. The four events scheduled to take place include: Full Marathon, which will take runners to the toe of Berg Lake; Half Marathon, which will turn around on the Kinney River Flats; five kilometer Lookout Run; and a one kilometer Kid’s Run around the interpretive loop behind the Mount Robson Visitor Centre. Runners will be arriving from all over B.C. and Alta., as well as from Valemount, McBride, and Jas-

per. “I’m really nervous but looking forward to participate in our own backyard. Things like this don’t happen here that often. I’m just really going to enjoy it,”said Lorelei Schneider. If there are any last minute registrations for the full or half marathon, BC Parks has extended capacity! Please contact Darryl Polyk at 250-5664347 to register. There is also space for the Lookout and Kid’s Run which you can register for Saturday morning. Events are set to begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Full Marathon and will wrap up around 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony at the Robson Meadows amphitheater. Everyone is encouraged to come out to enjoy the festivities. There will be music brought to you by the Valemount Senior’s Musical Group, face painting, guided nature walks, and of course lots of excitement as participants take off and return from their runs! All the day’s events are free of charge.

It’s not too late, if you want to volunteer please phone Jennifer: 250-566-5207 Thank you for your support in making the Mount Robson Marathon!

Used Book Sale

(Movies, audio books, etc.) August 30th until September 10th Downstairs at the Valemount Public Library By donation Sunday, September 11th The Valemount & Area Museum

“The McBride Emporium”

Newly named “The McBride Emporium” by local young ladies Maddie Philpott and Kaitlyn Dube, the new antique shop has been a great hit with locals and visitors of all ages this summer. “I’ve always admired the weird and the wonderful designs of mankind, be they thirty or more than one hundred years of age”, says proprietor Denise Yungen. Ms. Yungen is no stranger to the unique, historic, odd and alluring. She has been researching and collecting antiques for over 30 years. Yungen has transformed and re-vitalized the old hardware store building on Main Street which was formerly unused. This new business is an example of creative entrepreneurship and proves that economic development on a very small scale can be energizing and fun for the community—maybe even contagious. Story and photo by Lisa Ellswig

presents a History Tour of


Meet at the Museum at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11th for carpooling to the site. Call the Valemount & Area Museum at 250-566-4177 to reserve a spot on the shuttle. We have room for 20 people on the shuttle bus. Bus and tour is free. Moderate walking and bushwacking conditions. Please come prepared for the weather and bring a bagged lunch.

BIRCH LOGS WANTED Colborne Lumber Ltd in Clearwater, BC requires large volume of birch logs and will pay $100 per m3. For more information please contact: or phone 250-674-3129

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Fishing Derby

30th Annual Valemount Marina Fishing Derby

Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


he sun was shining at this year’s 30th Annual Valemount Marina Fishing Derby. “This is the best weather we have had in years,” says Don Bennett, president of the Valemount Marina Association. “Usually it rains or its cold or we’ve had snow right down to the lake some years.” Even though Sunday morning began with twofoot waves on the lake, some were still able to navigate the waters. “The smaller boats couldn’t get out,” says Bennett. “But the big boats got out.” This year weighed in with a grand total 217 fish caught, and a grand aggregate during derby of 153lbs. 14oz. Pat Bennett was the big winner of this year’s derby, taking grand prize for the largest fish with a 4.64 lb. rainbow trout. Prizes were handed out for the biggest fish in men’s and ladies categories as well as prizes for dif-

ferent types of fish and over 100 door prizes, all donated from Valemount, McBride, Hinton and Edson area businesses. Each year the derby grows bigger and bigger. “It’s grown every year and is now one of the biggest in the northern part of the province,” says Bennett. The Valemount Derby attracts people from all over B.C. and Alta. “We have six or seven groups that come regularly from Alberta,” explains Bennett. “They come in the spring and help us clean up, before we even open.” The Valemount Marina has been in operation since the early 1980’s and this past spring the marina received a facelift just in time for the 30th Annual Valemount Marina Fishing Derby. “This year BC Hydro spent over $320,000 expanding our boat ramp,” says Bennett. Valmount resident, Richard Dehnke was also in attendance, and said that he and a former Valemount resident started the derby in 1981. “We just started one!” exclaims Dehnke. “We wanted a fishing derby.” For Dehnke, his love of the derby is simple. “You go fishing!” says Dehnke. For Bennett, the best part of derby is the people. “The fishermen are always great people and its lots of fun,” says Bennett. With all the smiling faces in attendance it’s no surprise it is family favorite event. “It is something that everyone looks forward to every year,” says Bennett. “It’s lots of fun.”

“What a Catch!”

Top Left: Melanie Brown weighs up a catch of the day. Top Right: Ryan McNee, 8, caught himself a rainbow trout. Bottom Left: Raphael Rauter, 13, caught a 5lb. lingcod! Bottom Right: Art Norum enjoys a hot dog at the fishing derby. Photos by Tiffany Smith

VARDA Annual General Meeting will be held at the Best Western Valemount, Eagles Room

Sept 20, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Vote in your 2011/2012 Board of Directors and get updated on VARDA current events ! A current membership in VARDA is needed to be eligible to vote. Memberships are available for $20 at the VARDA office located next to the Visitor Information Center. 2010 / 2011 Memberships Expire after this meeting. Remember, if you are a sponsor, you are also a member!

Call 250-566-4817 or email General public are welcome to attend


The Valemount Area Recreation Development Association is holding its annual sponsorship drive for the 2011 / 2012 snowmobile season To continue accomplishing our goals and set Valemount as a major tourism destination we are asking for your support of the Association that is hard at work for YOU !

Sponsorship of VARDA has many benefits for your business besides showing your customers that you are giving back to the industry that they love so much. Sponsorships range in value and start at $250, but include your business listing in our “Who Supports You” flyer, Valemount Sled Area Map Insert and a listing in the Sponsorship category on our website, all of which are excellent marketing opportunities.

Depending on which level you choose, there are many other added benefits of Sponsorship, including representation at the Snowmobile Trade Shows, cabin signage, website links, trail passes etc. To reach printing deadlines, all sponsorship commitments must be into the VARDA office by no later than Sept 20, 2011.

For more information or to request a sponsorship package, please email or phone a request to the VARDA office at 250-566-4817 or email

“A beautiful day to do some fishing, at the 30th Annual Valemount Fishing Derby !”

Thank you The family of the late Angus McKirdy would like to thank the many people who helped us with the funeral. We are grateful to the volunteers with the Royal Canadian Legion, those who prepared and helped with the luncheon as well as those who contributed to the ceremony. To those memorable contributors who spoke at the ceremony and provided the music much loved by our father, our heartfelt gratitude. Our sincere appreciation to the Reverend Dee McEachern for guiding us through the lovely service. We are grateful for the thoughtful arrangements provided by the North Thompson Funeral Services. Our gratitude to the many family and friends who showed overwhelming love and support during the past weeks. A special thank you to those who supplied care, comfort and support to our father on an ongoing basis, thus allowing him to stay home on the farm with our mother until the very end. Words cannot express how deeply moved we were to see how many people attended the ceremony to celebrate the life of our father, Angus McKirdy. God bless you. Ken, Glennie, Carlie and Hazel McKirdy.

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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Donalda Beeson contributor

Valemount Public Library by Donation Book Sale Come by the Valemount Public Library between now and September 10, as they are having a by donation library book sale! There are DVDs, audio books, adult and fiction hard covers, all available by donation.

Mount Robson Marathon It’s finally here, Valemount and Area’s first Marathon! Come check out the fun out at Mount Robson Provincial Park, September 9 and 10! Congratulations to all the members and volunteers that made this happen.

Lucerne History Tour Did you know that in 1923 the Canadian National Railway made the decision to move their terminal from Lucerne, a town of over three hundred people at the time, to Jasper, and by 1924 just about everyone had moved to Jasper and Lucerne, the town ceased to exist? Well Sunday September 11, 2011, you will have the opportunity to learn all about that and more as there will be a Lucerne History Tour departing at 10:00 a.m. from the Valemount Museum. There will be carpooling to the site. Call 250566-4177 to reserve your shuttle. This tour is free. Please come prepared for the weather, bring bushwhacking shoes and clothing and a lunch. Valemount Photography Club Exhibit The Valemount Photography Club is putting on an exhibit from Sept. 1-24 at the Valemount Museum. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Valemount Saddle Club Poker Ride The saddle club poker ride September 11 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m. The ride is expected to take four hour. Rider’s fees are $20 a hand, and a ghost hand is $5. The prize for the best rider hand is a brand new western saddle, and the prize for the best ghost rider hand is $100. For more information or for a registration package, please contact Riette Kenkel, 250-5664193. Y.O.R.A. Bike Park Public Input Session Come out Monday night September 12, 2011 to the Y.O.R.A. bike park public forum and input session from 7 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. at The Gathering Tree. Come show your support and share your ideas!

Don’t Forget the Udder Ones Many people are unaware of the best way to recycle milk, cream and milk substitute containers. Bringing them to the Return-It Depot guarantees they’ll be turned into something useful like cardboard boxes and tissue paper. So why not change your good habits. Return your milk containers with your refundable beverage containers. It’s easy. Quickly rinse them out and crush them. Remove any caps and bring them too, because they get recycled separately. There’s no refund on milk empties because there’s no deposit when you buy, but you’ll be doing the right thing. So on your next trip to Return-It, bring the udder ones too.

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Valemount poker ride supports a good cause Submitted To The Valley Sentinel


et ready to Saddle-up for fun. The Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club will be hosting its second annual Poker Ride on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Riette Kenkel, treasurer and past president for the club is excited about this upcoming event, which will be starting and finishing, once again, from her property on Cranberry Lake Road. Riders will enjoy spectacular views and scenery as they travel through trails and roadways in the Westridge area. It will take approximately four hours, with checkpoints along the way to allow riders to collect playing cards and form a poker hand. The rider with the best hand at the end of the ride will win a brand new saddle package. The saddle is on display at the Valemount Visitor Information Centre, where participants can also pick up their pledge forms. Riders can also sign up ghost riders and collect cards for them, with a chance for the ghost riders to win $100 cash. There will also be many horse-related draw prizes and a wiener roast at the end of the ride. According to Kenkel, “although we say it’s our sec-

ond annual poker ride, the club has been hosting these types of rides and events for decades. Our senior members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, which makes it so much easier to organize these rides.” Last year the Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club raised over $2000, which helps with the cost of maintaining the club grounds on Loseth Road. The property on Loseth is leased from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and has a clubhouse, several arenas, a round pen and a small racetrack. The club hosts clinics and events every year, including gymkhanas, drill team and natural horsemanship clinics. “We are also hoping to get chuck wagon races going in the valley,” said Kenkel. The Valemount Saddle and Wagon Club is a non-profit society with a membership ranging from ages eight to 80, with most members living in the Robson and Canoe valleys. You do not have to be a member to participate in the Poker Ride, but you do need to bring your own horse. The registration fee for riders is $20, and each ghost rider hand will cost $5. Ten per cent of proceeds will be donated to a local horse rescue organization. For more information, including pledge forms, you can email Riette Kenkel at

“Happy Trails”

Shona Thorne and Isla Clayton enjoy a side trail in the lower Westridge area last year. Photo Submitted

McBride secondary students to visit marine science facility Submitted To The Valley Sentinel


earning could not be more fun or fascinating. The grade 8 science and grade 11 biology classes at McBride Secondary School are planning for the annual trip to te Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) on Vancouver Island. Students will travel to Barkley Sound where they will participate in a hands-on introduction to marine biology, ecology and coastal biodiversity. BMSC was established in 1972 by the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society to provide a base for marine and coastal-oriented field operations on the west coast of Canada. The trip is scheduled for March 12-15. To help fund their trip, students will be participating in the following fundraisers:

-The Apple Pie fundraiser begins in September. We plan to have the pie pickup day in time for Thanksgiving. Dates will be announced soon. -Award winning B.C. Artist, Janice Robertson, very kindly donated an original oil painting, “Cloudpatterns” to be raffled off this fall/winter. -The popular Friday Night Movie returns this September as well. We will keep you posted on what is coming up. Thank you to McBride and surrounding communities for past and continued support. These trips are memorable and truly enrich the science curriculum for our students. If you would like to volunteer for pie making or for more information regarding fundraising please call Marion Cousineau at 250 968 4479 or Karen Shaw at 250 968 4331. For information regarding trip details contact Jill Howard at 250 569 2295.

“Hands-On Learning”

Left to right: Bamfield instructor, Marlin Phillips, Mark Monroe, Caleb Reimer and Tobi Orth at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Whale Lab, last year. Photo Submitted

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Angus Kenneth McKirdy November 29, 1922 to August 14, 2011 Angus was born November 29th, 1922 in Lucerne, B.C. to Margaret (nee Waite) and Fulton McKirdy, the second of four sons and a daughter; Jim, Angus, Les, Dave and Jean. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Glennie (Doug), Ken (Joy), Carlie (Les) and Hazel (Bill); grandchildren Carmen, Marnie, Meighan, Matthew, and Ashlea; and great grandchildren Savonna and Diego. He was predeceased by his son Douglas, brother Dave, nephews Nathaniel and Norman, and great nephew David. Angus was raised on the farm that now belongs to Maurice and Jean Alain. His working life came early; he went trapping down the Canoe Valley at age fourteen, returning home at Christmas and in the spring, and then working on the farm through to fall. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II but spent most of his peace time years in the Valemount and Canoe Valley area. He bought his farm a couple years after the war and married Margaret (nee Lebans), with whom he raised 5 children. Trapping and farming did not always pay enough, so he worked as a logger, millwright, and bush foreman in the Canoe Valley and as a diesel power station operator in Valemount and McBride before retiring to farm full time in the early nineteen eighties, after the children were grown. Angus was a jack of all trades; he learned to do whatever he had to for the job at hand. He was an orderly, thoughtful man, who took quiet pride in a job well done. Furrows and fences were straight and buildings were sturdy with square corners. He was also a gentle, firm, and merciful man. He liked animals and animals liked him. His cattle often brought top dollar at the Kamloops auction, reflecting the care they received under his hand. Even his machinery lasted; the tractor he bought in 1947 still runs. The pastime he seemed to enjoy most was old time music, played live, either by friends and family or on his own with his Czechoslovakia button accordion. The music played at his Celebration of Life on August 20th was a lovely reflection of his appreciation of music. May the music never end.


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Being mentored while touring in McBride Kathryn Battrum Submitted to The Valley Sentinel


t was such an exciting day. I was leaving the Okanagan with my dog, Peanut, for a mentoring practicum with Linda Fry, Notary, in McBride, B.C. I am Kathryn Battrum, a notary student, looking forward to some practical experience in the world I have been studying in the past year. It was a long way to McBride though; almost 800 km from where I lived. But, no matter, it was a great tour through northern B.C. and a way to get some mentoring and experience in a community, which was relatively remote, in Kelowna terms. Linda and I had met over e-mail through the Notary Society and after a couple of telephone conversations, with some e-mail information passing through as well, we decided to establish a mentor-mentee relationship after the weather had improved and snow had resided. Of course, Murphy`s law applying, my car conked out the minute I was leaving Lake Country. Hmmmn...what to do? Eventually, I was able to get a rental, although since there was an Iron-Man competition going on in Kelowna, the only car that anyone would rent to me, as it was not already reserved, was a Cadillac! Of course, it became evident that the Cadillac was not in good repair and while I was on my way, I needed to supplement it with two litres of oil. The rental Caddy, sitting in front of Linda’s practice, even drew the attention of our local RCMP friends, who wanted to ensure Linda’s safety! Linda took me to the market, where I purchased a mechanical dog, (named Bonaparte because he has ‘small dog syndrome’) from a local crafts-woman. Bony will be a great addition to my home, or perhaps my office, when I

get through the Notary program and exams. The best part of this story is how wonderful this community is. When I walked with Linda anywhere, there was absolutely no one to whom she didn’t wave and address by name, with reciprocating waves from each person. How great is that? Everyone knows everyone! During this mentoring practicum, one of my class colleagues asked me over e-mail, “how many of the 700 residents have you met, yet?” and I’m pleased to say that at least by hand-waving, I’ve met most of you. I still have another week here, but I already feel like I’m part of the ‘family’. I may not yet recognize all of the faces, or remember the names, but many of you have seen me on the street or in Linda’s office, and I’m happy to have met all of you! This has been a great experience in a wonderful community!

“The Other Side” Linda Fry Submitted to The Valley Sentinel


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Activities HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) You are in an analytical mood. You want to make improvements in your life. Health is a top priority. The quality and rhythm of your lifestyle choices is under review. Renovations and such in your home are featured. Family members may feel the pressure to oblige. Generating more personal power is a core commitment. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) A creative cycle is yours to enjoy. Your focus is critical and exacting. The season is turning and you want to get a lot done. Fortunately, your energy levels are running high. A push for change is coming from within and without. Aligning your energies with those of others feels important. Share your creative offerings, yet listen and learn too! Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) The focus now is upon home and family. You also want to reclaim your own center, to feel connected and grounded. The process of purging continues and it is evident in your living environment. At worst, you feel confused about where you belong or fit or what is your role. If you are carrying a light of love and peace for others, anything else is a bonus. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) The stone keeps rolling and is losing the moss. Opening new doors and exploring new facets of your self and the world feels right. Facing fears to access hidden talents and other treasures is your current task. See the bigger picture, set intentions and make plans. Access your feelings, notice if there is fear, dismiss it and advance. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Building upon new foundations continues. Your focus is sober and pragmatic yet creative and inspired. Investments of time and energy upon projects feel right. You are determined to expand your scope of influence. Balancing prudence with risk is important. Pay attention to the details and make your mark. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Taking pioneering risks and leads is likely now. You want to break through to new levels. Your mood is a mixture of determination and rebellion. Your convictions are strong. Yet you are also wise to keep an open mind and avoid casual conclusions. Take a bold approach wrapped in grace and humility. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A period of rest and rejuvenation is the call now. If your schedule is full, set clear intentions to take time out - more sleep, less socializing and quiet moments nurtured with positive thinking will prove healing and may well feel ideal, even necessary. Meanwhile, cooperate with the deep changes and challenges that are disrupting your health, home, family and/or career. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Gaining your center and composure is extra important now. This means being your own best friend. Choose to like yourself. Push through limiting self-concepts. Be open to the possibilities regardless of what you have or have not done before. Allow old modes of expression to dissolve and tune-in to what inner command wants you to do next. Breathe fully and practice patience. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Make a list and check it twice to get the attention you want and need. Tending to your health stands to be uppermost. Whether your priority is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, and/or is the health of your place in the world…, focus on improvement. Practice practical magic: clear intentions and positive affirmation blended with organization and discipline.

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Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Positioning and reputation are two steeds of success. This is a prime objective for you now. Others are pushing and you are wise to accept their challenge to improve. Fortunately, you are in a sporting mood and are willing to take some creative yet calculated risks. Avoid trying to change anyone but yourself. Take an inventive approach.


Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) A rich exchange of energy and resources is likely now. A willingness to both give fully and to receive is important. Your confidence levels are on the rise. It is important that you be willing to learn from every person and situation. Get past what you think things should be and focus on what is. ‘Surrender simply to the demands of the moment.’


Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) A rich exchange with others continues to inspire you. New friends and associations indicate the beginning of important relationships. A deep and spiritual influence is flowing into your life so tune-in to receive it. Let go of old roles, attitudes and interpretations that no longer serve. Embrace the process and prospect of renewal.

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Violence Against Women Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


iolence against women is a persistent and ongoing problem in Canada and around the world.” “It affects women’s social and economic equality, physical and mental health, well-being and economic security,” says the 2006 statistical trends report: Measuring Violence Against Women. It is a problem that was addressed in the Valley back in 1992, following a “needs assessment” that determined a gap in service for the area. “The safe shelter program has been in operation since 1992,”explains Shelly Battensby, Services Coordinator at the Robson Valley Support Society in Valemount, B.C. “It’s in place to provide emergency shelter to women with or without children who are living with violence.” With offices in Valemount and McBride, the Robson Valley Support Society, also provides “education to the community and service providers about the dynamics around domestic violence.” “It’s in place to provide women with support and information and advocacy whether or not they require shelter,” says Battensby. Robson Valley Support Society records show on average they assist 100 women a year. “I wouldn’t say [the numbers are] surprising, but it’s the numbers we don’t see is the part that makes us keep working,” says Battensby. The Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends Report in 2006, reported that in 2004, 9,666 women used shelters in B.C., the second highest reported numbers in the country, next to Ontario. What’s even more startling is the number of times a woman is abused before seeking help for the first time. “On average a woman is hit 35 times before she calls the police,” says Battensby. “And then a woman will typically leave many times before she leaves for good.” Elizabeth de Vries, Safe Shelter Coordinator and Counsellor for Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence for Robson Valley Support Society, says women have many factors to consider before leaving a violent relationship. “There are so many different factors she [an abused woman] has to take into consideration,” explains de Vries. “If she has no money, if she has no friends or support system, other than us, if she has no childcare; it’s so complicated. Leaving is not just black and white.” Women who are in abusive relationships have had their power taken away. “Domestic violence is about power and control,” says de Vries. It happens in many ways as well, it can begin very subtly. “Isolating a woman is something we see a lot of, slowly cutting her off from her friends and family,” says de Vries “Physically isolating her, living out in the boonies, not having a reliable vehicle that she can have. So she may not be able to leave.” Other times threats can be made that trap a woman in an abusive situation. “If she has a farm, she may be afraid that animals may get killed, if that is a threat that has been made; “if you leave I’m going to kill all the animals, I’m going to kill myself,” de Vries further explains. Not any one relationship is the same. “There are a whole bunch of emotions tied up in why she would choose to stay,” says de Vries. No woman is exempt from violence in a relationship either, says Battensby. “Violence against women in relationships happen across the board,” explains Battensby. “It doesn’t matter her education level, it doesn’t matter her economic/financial level. This can happen to incredibly confident, well-educated, well-established women. It can happen to marginalized women, who are living below the poverty line; it doesn’t matter.” Battensby says sometimes it’s an insidious con game that traps women. “Sometimes what happens is it is a bit of a con game,” says Battensby. “He’s very charming and very charismatic, and he can play into the things she likes and wants.” Then very slowly the abuser begins to unravel his prey making them question themselves. “Oh you’re not wearing that are you?” Battensby says, giving an example of what could be said to a woman. “And she is thinking ‘well he’s been so good to me, maybe I shouldn’t wear that.’” It’s when it becomes a regular occurrence, that women really begin to question themselves, and begin to believe they ‘need’ the abuser. “It’s that insidiousness,” says Battensby. “It can be really gradual. And that’s how it can happen when you have someone that is strong and confident, and ends up being an abused woman.” Abuse is not always physical; it’s the emotional abuse that often times have detrimental effects. “We have worked with women who are dealing with huge impacts of emotional abuse over the years, and their partners have never laid a hand on them,” explains Battensby. “They have been hurt badly.”

“Offering Shelter from Domestic Violence”

August 23, Robson Valley Support Society’s Shelly Battensby, Services Coordinator (Left) and Elizabeth de Vries, Safe Shelter Coordinator (Right) offer assistance in Valemount and McBride to abused women. Photo by Tiffany Smith

Battensby often hears people say “if my husband ever hit me…,” but says people don’t consider, it is never just a hit.“It’s the tension building, it’s the humiliation, it’s the mind games, it’s the “crazy making” is one way we put it,” explains Battensby. “They play the games where they make you question what you remember.” It is all the things that create distrust in one’s self. “You take somebody like that, where there has now been an assault, and it’s in the court system, and you expect them to be this stellar witness and they are sitting on the witness stand and they don’t trust themselves,” explains Battensby. “It’s this brainwashing cycle that has happened.” It’s because of this brainwashing that there is not a very high conviction rate in the system, says Battensby. “Spousal violence offenders were more likely than those convicted of other violent offences to receive a term of probation and less likely to receive a prison term,” reported the Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends Report in 2006. Women are told that being the victim of abuse is not their fault, but how much fault is in the hands of the abuser? “Seldom do we see someone be an abuser because they are a psychopath,” says Battensby. “It’s a learned behavior and they have learned it from somewhere.” Often times, abusers have been victims of abuse also. “There may have been violence and alcoholism in the home, they may have been victims of abuse an assaults in other forms,” explains Battensby. “Childhood sexual abuse, extreme bullying at school; there are all kinds of things that get [abusers] to the point that they are trying to find control in their life, and it goes over the top.” Having no means to deal with anger is another contributing factor, says Battensby. There is currently a gap for men’s rehabilitation in the Valley, a gap that de Vries would like to see filled. “We would love for there to be programs for men, because we see that as a gap,” says de Vries. “We see families wanting help, entire families.” It is a gap that needs to be addressed. “Personally it breaks my heart because there is not specific services for men,” says de Vries. “They learned this behavior and if they are wanting to change it’s a shame there is nothing,” Currently if a domestic assault goes to court, and the accused is found guilty he may be sentenced to anger management, typically carried out thought the probation officer, however probation comes down with court, once a month or sometimes less frequently, so counselling is then done over the phone or sporadically throughout the year, explains Battensby. “That’s not how you are going to make change, regardless of the issue,” says Battensby. “That is not going to have lasting benefits.” As of now, there is only help for the victims, confidential help from people who understand, and are free of judgment, and are just a phone call away. “We can have a conversation with someone on the phone and never know their names if they don’t want to give it to us,” says de Vries. “Because Shelly lives in Valemount and I live in McBride, if someone doesn’t want to access the program because they know me, they can call Shelly, or vise versa.” Anyone interested in learning more or getting involved can contact Shelly Battensby or Elizabeth de Vries, at the Robson Valley Support Society 250-566-9107.

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