Goodbye Grand Forks and thanks

It has been a wonderful year for me here in Grand Forks and I am both saddened to leave, yet excited to be heading home.

It has been a wonderful year for me here in Grand Forks and I am both saddened to leave, yet excited to be heading home.

This is my last column for The Gazette as I move back to Ontario for another job and be closer to family.

Since I arrived in September 2011, I have learned a great many things and will forever be grateful to everyone for welcoming me into this beautiful community.

From the deliciousness of borscht to the lovely trails, to the clean air and tubing down the river, the various activities this little valley offers is astounding.

I’ve discovered a rich history of Russian and Japanese ancestry, the hard labour of miners, the importance of foresters, and the history of this valley, which is rich and fruitful.

Thank you to the ladies at the Kettle River Runners for pushing me to keep running through pouring rain, fresh snowfall or bright sunshine – and all the laughs.

To Grand Forks’ International Shotokan Karate Federation for keeping the rust off and my basics sharp, despite our stylistic differences.

To the Boundary Woodworker’s Guild for teaching me the finer points of carving, using a chisel, and a bit of history as well.

There are many, many more people: the creative folk at gallery 2, the always informative city staff, council and school district, the ladies (and gentlemen) with the USCC, Grand Forks Recreation, Community Futures, the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the artisans and musicians within the community – the list goes on.

And, of course, a thousand well wishes to the staff at The Gazette for welcoming me to the office and sharing their wealth of knowledge about the business with me.

My last day in the office is Friday, with plans to drive back across Canada the next morning. My hope is to get home to celebrate New Year’s with my family, as it would be highly unrealistic of me to expect to be home (safely) for Christmas.

If you ever find your way out east, look me up!

Wishing everyone the merriest of wishes for the holiday season, big hugs and lots of love.

Just Posted

Residents push Grand Forks council to support with flood buyouts

Staff estimate a $6.6 million difference between pre and post-flood value for Grand Forks buyouts

Boundary District Arts Council folds amid financial questions

The last board took over in November and could not find receipts for $8,000 in spending

BCSS grads come home to celebrate 50 years

*Hairstyles and outfits may have changed since graduation

City clears up purchase history on 70th Ave. timeline

The properties were offered to BC Housing for a supportive housing project in March

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Injured fawn at B.C. vet will be euthanized Friday night unless claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer is currently being treated at West Kelowna’s Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

B.C. First Nation’s group using ads in Texas targeting company for fuel spill

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Most Read