I went, I registered, I ran. It’s been a few years since I ran the Lumpy’s Epic Trail Run, so a couple of Sundays ago, I decided I was fit enough to give it a go. Running in such a small event has so many benefits. With just over a dozen participants, and being right at the back of the pack, I decided to let my finishing time fall to the bottom of my priority list. Instead, I ignored my watch and, when I got to the lookout for the Pemberton Airport, stopped to revel in a scene that it’s possible I might never see again — the lookout, with the bright sun and blue skies above, floated atop a fog bank that covered the entire valley. With homemade treats at the finish, and a chance to reconnect with pals from the running community, it rounded out a perfect run.
The Emergency Social Services (ESS) program for the Pemberton Valley is being reinvigorated so the program is prepared to provide assistance to residents in the event of an emergency or disaster. The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Village of Pemberton have joined forces to make this happen.
To get things rolling, Cathy Beaudry has accepted the volunteer position of Emergency Social Services Coordinator for SLRD Area C and the Village of Pemberton. Beaudry will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing and managing an ESS program.
One of the program”s first initiatives is an ESS free training opportunity on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The two half-day sessions will be an Introduction to Reception Centre and an Introduction to Group Lodging. The sessions will be held in Council Chambers at 1350 Aster Street (above the firehall).
If you are interested in becoming an ESS volunteer and are available for some free training, you can email email@example.com, or Ryan Wainwright, emergency program manager for the SLRD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday nights are always a great time to not have to cook. You can certainly give cooking at your house a miss this Friday, November 1, if you head over to the Royal Canadian Legion from 6–8 p.m. for a fundraising dinner for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Chef Paul Charron will be doing the cooking and there will be a silent auction as well. Join local teacher Kathy Leverton as she raises funds and prepares for her third ride on June 14 and 15, 2014. Previously, Leverton conquered the ride in 2011 and 2012. For this ride, Leverton has joined with Team Finn to raise money for childhood cancer research.
For a minimum donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children, you’ll get a fabulous ham dinner with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies. Dessert is included.
All proceeds will go to Leverton’s fundraising efforts to support the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
For more details on the ride, and to visit Leverton’s personal page, visit www.conquercancer.ca.
A free, drop-in flu shot clinic is coming to Pemberton on Monday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Pemberton Health Unit at 1403 Portage Road.
The shot is available for free to those who meet the following criteria: 65 years and older; healthy children from six to 59 months; adults and children with an underlying medical condition; residents of long term care facilities; children and adults who are obese; all Aboriginal people; pregnant women; people capable of transmitting to those at high risk as listed above; visitors to a health care facility; and people who provide essential community services.
Alternatively, you can make an appointment for Nov. 12, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Call 604-894-6967 to book.
Mark your calendars for Family Literacy Day — a free, fun, family event — on Nov. 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pemberton Community Centre. Presented by Growing Great Children, the event will feature hands-on play, storytelling, gross motor play, a talk for parents on literacy and snacks. Geared for families with children from three to six years, and child minding will be available for younger siblings. To pre-register, email email@example.com, or find Growing Great Children on Facebook.
Registration will be available the day of, beginning at 12:45 p.m., but only as space is available. Best to pre-register if you can.
Send comments and event listing ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next Pemberton column will appear Nov. 12.