February 14th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 7
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When volunteers come together, it’s a magnificent sight.

This community is blessed with amazing people who always seem to come together when the need arises.

I look at Riversdale and their $29,000 fundraiser for a Jake Burgman that will make his life significantly better, whether it be upgrades to his home to be child-friendly, or future medical or therapeutic innovations.

Ricky Sharma organized Jake’s Golden Ticket fundraiser at Pure Country in October 2017. There was also a campaign through the fundraising platform Go Fund Me, headed by Lindsey Michalsky and Amber Vanderplas.

All proceeds from these ventures went to the Burgman family.

I look at Canada Day, Christmas in the Park, Pumpkins in the Park and venues at the Doors Open celebration hosted by the Coleman Community Society.

This, then, brings you to the Bellecrest Association who does their own festivals including Bellecrest Days as well as lighting up main street Bellevue like Las Vegas during Christmas.

We then go to the Lions’ Clubs, each of them in the Pass, who fundraise, host bingo nights, build parks and infuse tons of fundraised and volunteered hours into the community.
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Then we can move to sports, which is run through the backs of volunteer members.

I could go on and on and on with more groups. I know I’ve missed out on many, but they are all equally appreciated.

This brings me to Wintervention. It’s that time of year when we are sick of winter, sick of shovelling snow, sick of layering up and feeling blue with very little sun.

To help up wipe away the blues, the Crowsnest Can Do group organized tons events for their annual festival, whether it be activities at the Pass Powderkeg, skijoring, frying pan tosses, or one of the many other events, you are in for the time of your life.

This community may be poor, but what we lack in money, we more than make up with community spirit. Maybe it’s ingrained in our blood from the years of coal mining and natural disasters that forced us to watch and take care of each others’ backs. Maybe it’s because we are poor that we have to work together to make things happen.

But all I know is that we make it happen and I, for one, am proud to say that I live in Crowsnest Pass, the “Garden of Eden.” No matter where you go, it will always remain your home.

L.S.
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