Due to a death in Mount Currie, the Wellness Gathering originally scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 25) was postponed at the last moment.
Postponing a major event like the Wellness Gathering is incredibly hard. It has a real cost in time, money and reputation. Over 30 trade show exhibitors, seven guest speakers, numerous live demonstrations and dinner for 250 people was cancelled within 24 hours of the event.
As chair of the Winds of Change, I could not help but feel disappointment and frustration at the turn of events. At the same time, I also recognize that there is a family at the heart of the matter that lost a loved one.
I also recognize that Lil'wat tradition is to pay respects in a way that binds together the people: past, present and future. It is a tradition that has deep meaning and resonance for many. Although at odds with the pace and demands of the ‘modern’ world, it is these very moments when I think of the Winds of Change vision statement, which reads in part, "We respect our differences and find strength in the common goal of a healthy and safe environment for our children and families." No one said "respecting our differences" would be easy.
With that firmly in mind, I am greatly encouraged that the Winds of Change Steering Committee, our partners and funders have agreed to redouble the efforts to host the best Wellness Gathering ever.
I encourage you to come out and enjoy the third annual Wellness Gathering on Wednesday (Nov. 7).
In the spirit of the Winds of Change, help us to make it a resounding success.
Visit thewellnessalmanac.com for more information on the lineup of events.
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