Mayor Raine notifies public of December stroke

Al Raine at a SPMRM council meeting. File photo

The mayor of Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality is recovering well after experiencing a minor stroke in December. 

Al Raine told SPIN he found himself feeling strange after a Destination B.C. board meeting in mid-December. He said he knew the numbness and tingling on the right side of his body and face met the signs of stroke but didn’t seek help immediately.

After flying from Vancouver to Kamloops, Raine visited the hospital and received treatment for what he said was a “very small” stroke. Despite the incident Raine was released from hospital the same day and is now back on skis.

“I feel in good health and don’t have any thoughts of packing it in or anything…if it got worse I’d consider it. While Sun Peaks is important your life is probably more important.”

The warning signs of a stroke are sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body), sudden confusion or trouble speaking and understanding speech, sudden vision problems, difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of coordination and severe headaches.