Originally from Valemount, Emily Nusse is a relative newcomer to Hudson’s Hope, but the similarities shared by the small towns have made her feel at home.
Nusse brings more than five years of experience in the recreation and hospitality industry, making her a natural fit as the new community events co-ordinator for the district. Nusse also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Recreation Management from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and has demonstrated great passion for the outdoors in her work as ski instructor at Red Mountain Resort.
“These events are important because they create a sense of community pride amongst residents and participants,” said Nusse, who’s organizing the district’s winter carnival this year.
“They remind everyone that for such a small community we have an array of activities and recreation opportunities available. It’s a great way to showcase to visitors and people considering to move to Hudson’s Hope that this community is a fun place to live with a great quality of life.”
This year will mark the eighth annual Winter Carnival, a community event created in late 2009 by Nusse’s predecessor, Greta Goddard. Goddard is a longtime resident of Hudson’s Hope, having taught at Hudson’s Hope School for many years, as well as running her own fitness program. The first Winter Carnival was inspired by the spirit of the Olympic games, complete with a torch relay.
“It really grew and grew, over the years. So much participation from the public, and support from local businesses. The event speaks loudly to the character of the incredible community here in Hudson’s Hope,” Goddard said.
Carrying on the tradition, Nusse has called on local talent to help create some new additions, alongside previous favourites. These include a Bollywood-style dance class, and a public belay demonstration of the newly-installed climbing wall at Hudson’s Hope School.
The eight-day celebration starts Jan. 28 and finishes on Feb. 4.
Day 1will begin with an opening ceremony, followed by a hockey game with the Minor Hockey league, and finish with activities at the Snowed Inn Cafe at the Pearkes Centre.
Day 2is a ski day, with the public encouraged to come check out the slopes at the Hudson’s Hope Ski Hill. In addition, figure skating and dance shows will be on display at Hudson’s Hope Arena.
Day 3will see a Snow Day of activities at Cameron Lake, and curling hosted by the Curling Club at the curling arena.
Day 4features story time at the Hudson’s Hope Public Library, snowshoeing at Hudson’s Hope Arena, and drop-in classes for kids, teens, and adults; hosted by Northern Rockies Karate.
Day 5is bingo at the New Horizons Senior’s Club, and the above-mentioned Bollywood-style dance class.
Day 6celebrates fitness with local gym Fit for Life at the Pearkes Centre. Cross-country skiing will also be offered at the Hudson’s Hope Arena.
Day 7enjoys a change of scenery with games, sleigh rides, and outdoor skating at the Beryl Prairie Fire Hall.
Day 8saves the newest attraction for last: the climbing wall at Hudson’s Hope School. The Recreation Society is also hosting their Adventure Zone at the Pearkes Centre. The celebration will conclude with a closing ceremony featuring a dinner social and quick auction.