Ruby McBeth: Farewells and fall activities

The Gleadows make changes

Some of you will remember Julie and Norman Gleadow who worked in the school system here in the 1980s. Norm was the principal at Dr. Kearney School and Julie worked at the high school at one point.

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I knew them as thoughtful people who made choices based on their ethics. In retirement they have not stopped doing that.

In the past two years they have worked diligently to reduce their carbon footprint. This included leasing an electric car, installing solar panels, and mooring their boat off Vancouver Island instead of on the Sunshine Coast where they live. Before COVID they would take the ferry over to their boat. This year with the ferries being unreliable, they are waiting until fall to go over and have a boat holiday.

The other major change which they made was to go to a plant-based diet. This has cut their carbon footprint further, and Norm says it has also reduced their food bill and helped him to lose weight. Quite a change and some major benefits.

Farewells

Sadly, I share that Don Wallace died in July. I have happy memories of Don and his wife Dorothy. Don came to Fort St. John from Ireland in 1971 to teach at English at Bert Bowes. He was an extremely dynamic person. Tributes from former students on the Nanaimo funeral home website show the contribution that Don made after he left Fort St. John.

Rest in peace, Don.

Seniors fall activities

September is here, and there are a few more activities added to the 50+ Seniors’ days. With the COVID virus still lurking in the shadows, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s health rules will continue to be followed.

Chair yoga: starts on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9:15 a.m., and lasts a half hour.

Line dancing is something new this year with The Dance Lady, Angie Pomeroy. These sessions will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Carpet bowling: a training and practice session will begin on Monday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m.

Did you know?

Individuals seeking a COVID-19 test should call their primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) or the NH COVID-19 Online Clinic & Info Line (1-844-645-7811).

Video of the Week

To view a heartwarming story of the rescue of a baby elephant, google “Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit Elephant Rescue”.

Quote of the Week

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” - Dalai Lama

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Baldonnel. 

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