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Edwina Nearhood: 100 reasons to celebrate all Fort St. John has to offer

My does time fly when you're having fun. In honour of my 100th column, I thought it would be great fun to celebrate our community. Here it is, Fort St. John’s Top 100, Edwina Style: 100. Blue skies in January 99. Trick or treating in snowsuits 98.
Hiking the hills outside the City of Fort St. John.


My does time fly when you're having fun. In honour of my 100th column, I thought it would be great fun to celebrate our community. Here it is, Fort St. John’s Top 100, Edwina Style: 

100. Blue skies in January

99. Trick or treating in snowsuits

98. Canola fields in July

There are an abundance of trails and paths to discover in the hills surrounding Fort St. John.

97. Movies in the park

96. Long summer nights

95. Beautiful, bountiful gardens

94. Dogs, dogs, and more dogs

93. Amazing summer camps

92. Not for profits for everyone

91. FSJ Women's Resources Society, helping our most vulnerable.

Sylvia Lane and Amanda Trotter of the Fort St. John Women's Resource Society. - Matt Preprost

90. Community policing – high five!

89. Dodging pothole season – yay! It means spring has arrived.

88. A community that cares – I bet we have some of the highest volumes per capita of fundraising in the province. CDI,  there is a statistic for you to capture.

87. Doig Days

Students gather around the fire to bake bannock on a stick during Doig Days at Doig River First Nation in 2017. - Bronwyn Scott

86. Canada Day Show and Shine

85. 4-H Achievement Days

84. North Peace Fall Fair

2018 Heavy Horse Pull Champion Calvin Buchta with his team. - Matt Preprost

83. Lido Theatre – you don’t disappoint

82. Street Parties 

81. Whole Wheat n Honey – in the heart of the city

80. Hockey Moms – you rock

79. Soccer Moms – you rock

78. High on Ice Festival – Keeping cabin fever at bay

High on Ice
Kaila Maxwell plays with some of the Northern Star Racing dogs as she waits for a dog-sled ride in Baldonnel on Feb. 15, 2019. - Dillon Giancola

77. Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society

76. Yoga, yoga, yoga

75. Very active church community!

74. Musical Theatre

Aladdin captures the magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders. - Matt Preprost

73. North Peace Pottery Guild

72. Salvation Army

71.Order of the Eastern Star

70. Canada Day Parade


69. Edible Plants throughout the City

68. Community Development Institute – Please stay

67. SD60 Trades Program

66. Women in business

65. Energetic Learning Campus staff and students – high five, love you guys

All 219 students of the Energetic Learning Campus took part in the school's annual Christmas fundraiser, in its seventh year now at the school.

64. Frontline workers – Gold star for selfless dedication 

63. Our pioneers who made our community what it is today

62. Fish Creek Community Forest

61. Bike Rodeo

60. FSJ Association for Community Living

Fort St. John Association for Community Living Awards Night 2014_5

59. Community Action Team – working together for bigger solutions

58. North Peace Division of Family Practice

57. North Peace Seniors Society

56. NEAT – you make a big difference

55. 100 Women Who Care – BIG IMPACT

The 100 Women Who Care Fort St. John steering committee are Karen Mason-Bennett, Annette Lang, Cindy Mohr, Callie Pimm, Tara Waddy, and Karin Carlson (not pictured). - Aleisha Hendry

54. Travelling health care clinics – northern solutions

53. CDC and the annual Talent Show

52. North Peace Performing Arts Festival 

51. Local microbreweries

50. Local farm to table value added producers

Workers at Hip Peace Produce work their field at Bear Flat in early June 2017. - Matt Preprost

49. Big Sky

48. Opportunity

47. FSJ Literacy Society

46. Tai Chi/Qigong

45. FSJ Aboriginal Business Center

44. Local artisans

43. Christmas markets

42. FSJ Farmers Market

We’re still waiting on those long forgotten April showers to come, but that doesn’t mean there’s no May flowers. The Fort St. John Farmers Market opened its 2018 season on May 5, where we found Justina Friesen smelling the petunias. - Matt Preprost

41. Olio’s Pizza

40. Community Programs

39. Walking trails galore

38. Dog Park

37. Paint Parties

36. Fire and Ice Bonfire

35. Inconnu Swim Club

34. Rotarians

Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Fort St. John members Carina Wallis and Marva Kosick present a $20,000 cheque for the new spray park to Mayor Lori Ackerman. - Dillon Giancola

33. Oilman/Oilwives

32. Industry supporters in our community

31. Bus Drivers

30. Teachers – who is your favourite?

29. Our busy airport – to Vancouver and back in a day

28. Light Horse Association

27. Library programs

26. Figure skaters 

25. Dance organizations

2018 Peace River North Performing Arts Festival - Stephen Beard/See & Believe Photography

24. Multicultural Society

23. Taste of Fort St. John

22. Share table at FSJ Women’s Resource Society

21. Local fundraisers for families in need

20. Basketball Club

19. Amazing teenagers – you are our future, I love you humans

18. Minor baseball

North Peace pitcher Dillon Neufeld watches one of his trademark curve balls in the game against the Plamondon Mustangs on July 20, 2019. Neufeld was outstanding in the win, throwing 95 pitches and coming one out short of a complete game. - Dillon Giancola

17. The moms who leave their cell phone tucked away

16. The dads who co-parent even if they have to go to camp

15. FSJ Hospital Foundation

14. Murdered and missing indigenous women – you are not forgotten – acknowledging the not so nice parts of our community thanks to all the local women involved – my heart is with you.

13. Nordic Ski Club

Whiskey Jack
Skiers line up at the start line for the kid’s races at the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club’s Fun Loppet. - supplied

12. City staff, mayor, and council – not an easy job

11. Centennial Park

10. Downtown Revitalization Plan – way to do community consult

9. S.O.N.S (Save our Northern Seniors)

8. People who care

7. People who come for a year and stay for a lifetime

6. Amazing musicians 

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TAKING THE STAGE: Trevor Cavill and Lorissa Scriven sing a tune for audiences at the Lido Theatre on July 22. - Matt Preprost Photo

5. Local philanthropists

4. Peace Country River Rats – giving back to the community

3. Community Choir

2. Orange Shirt Day 

1. My hometown. I love the people, love the community, love giving back

There are so many more organizations that should be on this list – I am sorry, I have run out of room.

I thank everyone and challenge you to create your own Top 100 list with your family and do your best to participate, support, and be involved.

Together we are better.  

Edwina Nearhood is a lifelong resident of Fort St. John. 

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