Ruby McBeth: Life lessons from Dr. Aganaba

Many of you will have benefitted from the skills of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Tarilabo Aganaba. In a farewell article in the Dawson Creek Mirror, we see a personal side of this man as he gives us some life advice.

I was struck by two of his lessons: “Be a giver – sponsor people and support the less privileged and enjoy doing it”; and another one: “Your family is our most important asset. Never neglect your family. Never take your focus off your children. Give full attention to your children. The less problems you have with your children when they grow up, the better your retirement.” Wise words.

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Mercy Box

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Taylor has built a Mercy Box. This is a sort of “pay it forward” thing. Money was provided from the Vancouver Foundation to help vulnerable people in COVID-19 times. The District of Taylor asked local churches for proposals which has led to this neighbourhood free food box. It will be stocked with canned food, soap, and toothpaste, and will be sanitized twice a day. Watch for a poster at the Taylor post office to see the opening date.

Housing opportunities

The Regional District is asking questions to better understand the needs for housing in our area. If you are interested in this topic, e-mail Margaret Little at mackeno@xplornet to see what questions they want responses to. Margaret is sending our suggestions on to the Regional District.

Put Life Back in Your Life

The title used here is the motto for a series on living with chronic health issues put on by the University of Victoria Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health.

During the pandemic they have expanded the means of delivering their education program. Firstly, you can join an online group; secondly, you can get the program delivered to you by mail and do it yourself; thirdly, you can have the package delivered but also have a telephone component; and fourthly, you can have only the telephone component. To find out more go to or phone 1-866-902-3767 toll free.

YouTube pick of the week

Maxine Bennett has shared another amazing video. “Sanddorn Balance Moments of Fragile Bliss” shows Miyoko Shida Rigolo, a 54-year-old Japanese woman, performing an incredible balancing act. There is a breathtaking tranquility to Miyoko’s performance which is reflected on the faces of the spectators. Google “Sanddorn Balance.”

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Baldonnel. 

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