Bob Zimmer: A toast to Burns, and neighbours taking care of neighbours

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There’s no doubt that the pandemic has upended many important things in our lives, including many of our community events.

That said, I have been inspired to see organizers of long-standing annual community traditions use their creativity as they find new ways to ensure that we can continue on with these celebrations, while also keeping our communities safe.

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For example, for over 50 years Fort St. John has joined communities worldwide in celebrating Robbie Burns Night. The evening is a celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s Robbie Burns and usually includes a large dinner, special toasts, dancing, and live music entertainment.

This year, organizers have decided to make the event on January 23 drive-thru style. Residents have been able to order their take-home dinners for pick up and will be able to enjoy an hour of programming online or on the radio while they enjoy their meal. All of it in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Kudos to Dan Davies and our local Shriners for finding a way to keep up this annual tradition as it is sure to raise the spirits of many throughout the region. I know I’m looking forward to donning my Cameron tartan tie and sending out a virtual toast to everyone.

This is just one of countless examples of how our communities are continuing to come together like never before to support each other during these difficult times.

We have seen neighbours taking care of neighbours, as well as residents continuing to rally behind our local businesses and charities.

And, with a little bit of creativity and technology, we have also been able to continue many of our important annual community traditions.

Bob Zimmer is Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.

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