Letter to the editor: Maintain and cherish your community

(Left to right) Nancy Greene Raine, Al Raine, John Hatchett and Terry Lake ceremonially break ground on the new health centre. - Photo Jamie Shinkewski
(Left to right) Nancy Greene Raine, Al Raine, John Hatchett and Terry Lake ceremonially break ground on the new health centre. – Photo Jamie Shinkewski

To Sun Peaks,

Pat and I say a simple “thank you” for 18 years in your community. Upon our arrival in November 1997, after my leaving a horrid employment experience trying to manage Human Resources in a Nortel subsidiary where Nortel treated employees as commodities, we were welcomed by folks who did not care where you came from or about your status in life, but accepted you at “face value”. A handshake or a hug was, and still is, a contract. And if you have a need folks come to help without a hesitation seeking no reward or recognition. You are a community beyond “spirit” and share a common “soul”.

We wish to thank all the volunteers through the years for all the activities that support this community’s evolution; those that had the foresight to create this municipality and the council and staff who maintain it; Sun Peaks Resort LLP for making monetary decisions to join the new health centre and for my years in Patrol and to Sun Peaks Alpine Club where I observed and learned from the best coaches and volunteers I have ever encountered; and to all those who were just plain “friends”.

In one of my employment lives, I looked after an international telecommunications group and had the amazing opportunity to travel the world and meet people of many countries. I’m sure we’ve all read or observed TV documentaries on individuals or groups trying to create the “idyllic” community. Our experience says you have it – maintain it and cherish it.

With Love,
John & Pat Hatchett
Local residents and former president of the Sun Peaks Health Association.

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