Ruby McBeth: Be part of the solution, not the problem

Helping others look their best

There are some wonderful ladies in our community who volunteer their time to act as hairdressers at the Lutheran Apartments.

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Ida Peever who lives in Apartment 3 organized the group. Ida is there early on Tuesdays and so in the picture we see her getting finishing touches on her hairdo by Jessica Diehl. Jessica is a qualified hair dresser who volunteers several weeks a month.

Ida tells me that there is a need for more women to help out. She can be reached at 778-256-0063. If you are not a hairdresser you can still wash hair and help out in other ways.

Ida is at Apartment Block 3, the old extended care, while Terri who is in charge at Apartment Block 2 can be contacted at 250-785-5405.

The Irish

St. Patrick’s Day got me to thinking about Irish people I have met in Fort St. John. Don Wallace came from Northern Ireland to work at Bert Bowes in 1971. He and his wife Dorothy moved down to Lantzville on Vancouver Island after just a few years up here. I saw Don on an episode of Beachcombers acting the part of a pharmacist. The last I heard of Don he had stopped in to visit Allan and Ann Forsey south of Penticton when he retired.

I can’t leave the Irish without mention of Roy (Robert) Hastings. Roy joined in on carpet bowling and was successful at it even though his eyesight had gone downhill badly. He was a real gentleman. We lost him in June of last year.

A few years ago, Lorne and I took Jennifer McBurney’s parents to the Seniors’ Hall to meet Roy. They live in Northern Ireland and were over visiting their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Roy was happy to talk to someone from his homeland.


We were saddened to her of the passing of Doug Marlatt in February. Doug was the president of the Derrick Dance Club. Condolences to his wife and family.

Did You Know

The realistic goal around COVID-19 for Canadians is to slow the spread. The experts do not seem to think we can stop it. By slowing it down the health system will not be overwhelmed. In practical terms this means that if we each limit our time out in public, we will be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. 

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