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• Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Do you ever have those times in your life where everything seems to happen at once and you have to make decisions that are difficult in the midst of your heart breaking?  That is this week for me.  About an hour ago I received “the call”.  The call we all dread and pray doesn’t happen.  ”Jerrilyn” a gentle calm voice said, “I am so sorry but your Dad passed away about 5 minutes ago.  He wasn’t alone, Carl was in his room praying with him when he passed”.  Blank air……”Thank you for letting me know Marcia, and thank you for taking such good care of him”

So in one minute, life has changed.  My year of change takes on a whole new meaning.  So, this is where I’m at.

1. I’m in the middle of running for Mayor in the town that has been my home for over 20 years.  This is so important to me because my heart is in this community and the people of the community. This is our home!

2. On Friday I’m supposed to be heading off to a friend’s wedding…not just any friend but the friends who shared their lives with me the week my mother died.  The listening ears, the gentle smiles, the caring.

3. I’m the one who cared for my dad, his power of attorney so now I plan a funeral for the man who taught me so much, so many life lessons.

Today I feel like I’m drowning but I know that this brief moment  when I’m writing this post is only a small nippet of the emotions, memories and feelings that I will go through over the next few weeks.

A little about my dad: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Dad was a warrior.  You always wanted him on your side.  He wasn’t given to a lot of words but when he spoke, you listened.  He was a police officer at heart.  He worked for his entire adult, post Canadian Navy years as a police officer and that was him through and through, a keeper of the law, tough and fair.

I remember times when I was younger and he would take my bike away because I was riding on the wrong side of the street, tough but fair, or he would have me empty out confiscated liquor in a hot stinky room to make sure I never thought alcohol was fun…it was work…a lesson all kids should learn.

He taught me that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear….that it’s more important to be beautiful inside because the outside is what it is.

He taught me that it is possible to have a toothpick in your mouth every minute of the day.

He was so proud of his three kids and loved us more than life itself.  He always wanted to win a lottery so he never had to worry about any of us.

He taught me a work ethic, and that if you wanted something to change, you got in and changed it.  He taught me not to whine about things I had no control over.

He was a good man with few close friends and I’m so thankful that he was my dad.

I remember when I was a kid and I would have a bad dream…my dad was always the hero who rescued me, there was never a monster that my dad couldn’t handle.

The last few years the rolls have been reversed.  I have been caring for my dad and I’ve learned so much about him.  I would take him out for drives every time I went to see him, we would drive his old police route.  He would make comments and tell me stories about places, point out places “that’s the Klein’s place” or “that is where the Heibert’s lived”.  It was great to relive those memories with him.

One of my favourite memories was after he had his head injury and had been in the long term care home in room 103 for a few months, I called him and was talking to him.

He said, “when are you planning on coming to see me again?”

I said “in a couple of weeks”.

He said, “ok, don’t come until them because I’m currently traveling around Europe”

I said, “that’s awesome Dad, how are things in Europe?”

He said, “strangest thing, everyday I stay in a different hotel but I’m always in Room 103 and my name is on the door…no matter where I stay.  How do you think they do that?”

I loved that he travelled in his mind, it made him happy and made the last years of his life great.  He began loving ice-cream and chatting with people.

Two weeks ago, my brother’s and i spent a week with Dad in Dalmeny…it was perfect…the three of us together made Dad so happy.  The last few days we were there he wanted ice cream cones, Alan would reach over to wipe his face and dad would hit his hand away and say “Get lost, it’s mine”.  Made us all smile.

I close my eyes and I picture Dad seeing Mom upon arrival to his new home and saying, “Joanie, I’m so sorry for everything” and Mom smiling at him and saying, “don’t worry Vern, lets go get some ice-cream then I’ll cut your toenails they look terrible, has no one been cutting them since I’ve been gone?”

Thank you to the amazing caregivers at Spruce Manor in Dalmeny, if there was ever a place I would want to be when I”m older…that is it. The care and love the residents are given is beyond amazing and the good Mennonite food makes it even better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v686vG5PSac

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• Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Thank you Versatile Vinyl for the signs and Barbi for helping out!!! Managed to get most of my signs up tonight!

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• Monday, September 24th, 2018

  I am the proud mother of five beautiful children and 14 amazing grandkids, they are my heart. Family is very important to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been involved in local government politics at various levels since the early 2000′s including Tumbler Ridge Council and the Peace River Regional District as an Electoral Area Director. As you will see in the partial list below I have vast experience and am ready to take on any challenge. But I believe one of the things makes me a great choice is the people in my life. I’m am fortunate to have amazing, supportive, influential and hard working people surrounding me…Stronger Together!

EMPLOYMENT:

* Conuma Coal Public Relations (current)
* Former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director (past)
* Grant Writer

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

* Appointed to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Standing Committees (Rural, Northern and Remote, Community Safety/Crime Prevention, Environmental Issues/Sustainable Industrial Development (past)
Elected Director at Large Union of British Columbia Municipalities (past)
* Area E Director for the Peace River Regional District and Vice Chair (past)
* Vice President North Central Local Government Association (past)
* Elected President of the BC Library Trustees Association (current)
* Vice Chair of the Lakeview Credit Union (current)
* Chair of the South Peace Economic Development Committee (past)
* Canadian Red Cross Disaster Services (Trainer and Responder) (current)
* Provincial Mobile Support Team (Disaster response) (current)
* Former Coordinator Police Victim Services (past)
* Trained NOVA (National Organization of Victim Assistance) responder (Current)
* Vice Chair Tumbler Ridge Museum Society Board (current)
* Chair of the TR Ministerial (current)
* Tumbler Ridge Youth Services Society Volunteer (past)
* Over 10 years as Race Director for the Emperors Challenge half marathon (current)
* Grizfest Volunteer
* Volunteer Grant Writer (current)
* Restorative Justice Facilitator (past)
*Citizens on Patrol (past)
* Compassion Canada Advocate (current)
* Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society Member (current)

EDUCATION

* Social Work (NLC/UNBC)
* Emergency Management (JIBC*)
* Critical Incident Stress Management (JIBC)
* Conflict Resolution/Mediation (JIBC)
* Certified Victim Services Worker (JIBC)
* Local Government Certificate Program
* Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Certificate

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• Friday, September 21st, 2018

For residents who own homes in TR but don’t live here…on October 4 you can call 250-242-4242 and request a mail in ballot, you will be sent a ballot and can vote. Only one ballot per property….just an FYI

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• Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Some of you may think this picture is a little odd for an election post. Let me begin by saying that I am so honoured to have the right to put my name forward to serve my community…the picture represents the men and women who have fought for yours and my rights to run for an elected leadership position and our right and privilege to vote. But this picture represents so much more   than that, this picture shows how I believe government should be done.

If you look at local government as community leaders, then there should be some expectations that go along with that.

As John Quincy Adams said ““If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” True leaders give people what they need to be successful.

Below is a short list of things I believe are important qualities to look for in the people who represent you.

-Someone who can explain why they are running for a position.

-Someone who focuses on people not position. A person who builds relationships because it will be through relationships that things move forward.

-Someone who motivates and inspires and brings people and organizations together.

-Someone who freely gives of themselves without any thought of personal gain. Choose a leader who has been involved in the community, who has proven what the community means to them by their involvement.

-Someone who encourages and listens to others. Someone who takes the time to get involved.

-Someone who you can respect….a position in local government gives a person some authority, but a person’s actions, character and values are what earn them respect.”

My profile picture is a picture of what I believe government should look like…people helping people because we are Stronger Together.

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• Friday, August 24th, 2018

Last year, 2017, was a year of loss for me….several deaths, the loss of a job that I loved,  boards I sat on struggled with funding issues….it was a tough year.  One of those years where your heart aches constantly and hope seems distant.  In November 2017,  I decided that my “year of loss” would end December 31st and January 1st 2018 would become my year of change. It has certainly been a year of change; a wonderful, new job, a daughter heading to college, a new relationship and next week I will file my papers to become the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge, the community I love.

I’ve have always believed that the way to show that you care about something is to get involved, so involved is what I have been.  When ever there is an event in town, I am likely to be there volunteering.  I’m Race Director for the Emperors Challenge, Chair of our amazing Library, Vice President of the Museum Foundation, I worked with the CBC to bring in Still Standing after they received several  letters from our Community inviting them to town,  I volunteer every year for Grizfest and TR Cares, I volunteer to write grants for not for profits to help them with projects, and the list goes on.  The reason I volunteer is because I want to make Tumbler Ridge a better place for people to live.  And it is on this basis that I will be putting my name in for Mayor.

I hear a lot of people complaining about the things that are happening in Tumbler Ridge and I have said it many times…I don’t think anyone makes decisions to   purposefully harm our town.  I believe that people, Council and volunteers do what they do because they truly believe it is going to help our town, but there are things I am seeing that need to be part of the “year of change” and this is what I’m building my platform for Mayor on.

First, I believe our most precious resource in Tumbler Ridge is not coal or tourism….our most precious resource is our volunteers.  The people who give of themselves, taking time away from their families to make Tumbler Ridge the amazing place it is.  I’ve always said that almost every great thing in Tumbler Ridge was built by volunteers and that is because volunteers do what they do out of passion.  We have amazing recreation trails, a swimming pool, a saddle club, Search and Rescue, a skate park, a museum, a geopark, a library board, fire fighters, ambulance attendants,  a music festival  and a world class mountain race, to name a few, because of volunteers.  I believe we need to re-look at how we treat our volunteers and the people of TR who are trying to make the town a better place.

Second, our local small business need the strong support of the town.  Our business owners are people who invested not only their time and energy to this community but also their finances.  These are people who believe in the town so much, that many of them have put everything they have into their business allowing the people of TR to have things they need locally.  We need to support and thank these people for what they have brought to our town.  Without business, you don’t really have a vibrant community.

Third, and possibly the most important. It seems like there is a lot of “stuff” going on in town.  Volunteer groups struggling to survive, funding being pulled from groups, misunderstandings and finger pointing.  This has to stop if we are going to move forward.  We are currently in a situation where the Provincial Government is looking at revitalizing the Environmental Assessment  process, and recreation areas are facing shut down because of  Caribou protection.  Things like this could have a long term effect on Tumbler Ridge, our recreation and our industry.   We need to involve ourselves in these things, making them a priority and focus our energy on making sure we don’t lose what we have.

The last thing I will mention is respect.  We need to do these things respectfully.  We need to treat each other with respect. We need to acknowledge that each of us has an opinion and each opinion if valuable.  We need to work together as a community to become stronger and more vibrant. When Conuma Coal came into town, we began a move in a very positive direction, people are back to work, there are jobs, houses are selling.  Now we need to build on that and all work together to make Tumbler Ridge a place where people want to live, work and play.

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• Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

It’s been just under four years since the last BC Local Government Election.  How did it go in your community?  Was the four year term a good change?  Did you see any negative impacts with the change from three to four year terms?  Are you thinking of running in the upcoming election?  Plans are well underway for the October election.  I have compiled some of the important election dates that will be happening in this 2018 LG Election.  I hope this helps with some of your questions.

Monday, January 1

  • Start of Election Period
  • The election period begins at the start of the calendar year in which a general local election is held and ends at the close of voting on general voting day. There are a number of recording, reporting and disclosure requirements that apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers during the election period.

Monday, March 13

  • Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates within the nomination period (September 4 to September 14). A candidate must have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before being nominated. If you move to B.C. after this date, you will not be qualified as elector on the last day of the nomination period, and therefore you will not be qualified to run for office.
  • Local Government Act section 81(1)©

Friday, March 16

  • Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline (Extended)
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates submitting nomination documents under an extended deadline (September 18) due to insufficient candidates.
  • Local Government Act section 81(1)©

Thursday, April 19

  • Elector Residency Deadline
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for electors registering on general voting day (October 20). You must have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before you register as an elector. If you move to B.C. after this date, you will not be qualified as an elector on general voting day, which is the last opportunity to register as an elector.
  • If you move to B.C. shortly before this date, you may not be able to register or vote at an advance voting opportunity, depending on the precise dates of the move and the advance voting opportunity date.
  • Local Government Act section 65(1)(c) & section 66(1)(d)

Monday, July 9

  • Election Bylaw Adoption Deadline
  • Last day for a local government to adopt its election bylaw if a new bylaw or amendments to its existing bylaw are required. A local government election bylaw is one that deals with any matter authorized under Part 3 of the Local Government Act, including use of the provincial voter’s list, use of voting machines, advance voting opportunities, and regulation of election signs.
  • Changes or new provisions that are adopted by a municipal council or regional district board after this date do not apply to the 2018 general local election.
  • Local Government Act section 56
  • Sunday August 5
  • Start of Period for Notice of Nominations
  • First day for giving notice of the nomination period. At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28.
  • Local Government Act section 85(1)
  • Start of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors
  • First day for giving notice that:
    • A copy of the list of registered electors is available for public inspection at the local government offices starting August 7 until the end of general voting (October 20)
    • An elector may request that their personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list
    • An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between August 7 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 20

Local Government Act section 77(6)

Tuesday, August 21

  • End of Period for Notice of Close of Advance Elector Registration
  • Last day for notice of the closed period for advance elector registration. Note: you can only register as an elector in advance if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 71(5)

Tuesday, August 28

  • End of Period for Notice of Nominations
  • Last day for giving second notice of the nomination period. At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28.

Local Government Act section 85(1)

  • End of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors
  • Last day for giving notice that:
    • A copy of the list of registered electors is available for public inspection at the local government offices until the end of general voting (October 20)
    • An elector may request that their personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list
    • An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between August 5/August 7 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 20

At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28. Note: The list of electors and the opportunity for you to object to the registration of an elector are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 85(1) & section 77(6)

  • End of Advance Elector Registration
  • Advance elector registration closes. If you wish to register as an elector for the 2018 general local elections after this date, you must do so at the time of voting. Note: Some local governments do not provide advance registration – all electors in those jurisdictions register on the day of voting.

Local Government Act section 71(4)

  • Last Day for Withdrawal of Non-resident Property Elector Consent
  • Last day for withdrawing consent for non-resident property elector. If you are a registered owner who has consented to the registration of another registered owner of a property as a non-resident property elector in relation to the shared property, you may withdraw your consent by delivering a written withdrawal to the municipal or regional district office.

If the number of individuals who have given consent falls below a majority of the registered owners on or before this date, the person registered as the non-resident property elector in relation to the property, ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote in the 2018 general local election. If this occurs after August 28, the person registered ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote after the 2018 general local election.

Local Government Act section 66(8)

Tuesday, September 4

  • Start of Nomination Period
  • Nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. local time. Nominations are effective upon delivery to the chief election officer or a person designated by the chief election officer. You may inspect nomination documents from the time of their delivery until November 23.

Local Government Act section 84(1)

  • Start of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period
  • You may challenge a candidate’s nomination or their endorsement by an elector organization at any time between when the nomination documents were delivered and 4:00 p.m. local time on September 18.

Local Government Act section 91 & section 96

Friday, September 14

  • End of Nomination Period
  • Nomination period ends at 4:00 p.m. local time. Nomination documents may be delivered by hand, by mail or other delivery service or by facsimile or email transmission with originals to follow. If the original nomination documents delivered by facsimile transmission or email are not received by the local chief election officer by the end of office hours on September 21, the person nominated is deemed to have withdrawn from being a candidate in the election.

Local Government Act section 84(1) & section 89(5)

  • Declaration of Candidates
  • Following the end of nomination period all nominees are declared candidates. If there are fewer candidates than positions to be elected, the nomination period is extended to September 17 at 4:00 p.m. local time, at which time all subsequent nominees are also declared candidates. Notice of the extension of nominations must be published if reasonably possible.

Local Government Act s. 97(1) & section 97(2)

Monday, September 17

  • End of Extended Nomination Period
  • Extended nomination period ends at 4:00pm local time if the nomination period was extended due to insufficient candidates.

Local Government Act section 97(2)

Tuesday, September 18

  • End of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period
  • The period for you to challenge a candidate’s nomination or their endorsement by an elector organization through the courts ends at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Local Government Act section 91 & section 96

Thursday, September 20

  • Start of Period for Notice of Election
  • First day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published in the period between September 20 and October 13 for the general voting opportunity on October 20.

Local Government Act section 99(1)

Friday, September 21

  • Finalization of Candidates
  • Deadline is 4:00 p.m. local time for:
    • Court decision on challenge of nomination. If a nomination is challenged, the court can:
      • Confirm the person as a candidate or declare that the person is no longer a candidate;
      • Declare that the person is or is not entitled to have the usual name indicated in the nomination documents used on the ballot;
      • Declare that the election organization named in the nomination documents is or is not entitled to have its endorsement included on the ballot.
    • Withdrawal of candidates. A candidate cannot withdraw after 4:00 p.m. local time on this date unless it is approved by the Minister responsible for the Local Government Act.
    • Withdrawal of elector organization endorsement. An elector organization can withdraw its endorsement or a candidate can withdraw the request to have an elector organization endorsement appear on the ballot by delivering signed documents to the local chief election officer.
    • Deadline for receiving originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents at end of office hours.
  • Local Government Act section 91(9), section 95, section 101(1), section 96(8) and section 89(5)
  • End of Election Period
  • Election period ends at 12:00 Midnight.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(1)

Saturday September 22

  • Start of Campaign Period
  • Campaign period begins at 12:01 AM. Expense limits apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers during the campaign period.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(2)

Monday, September 24

  • Declaration of Election by Voting or Acclamation
  • Declaration of election by voting or acclamation, as applicable, at 4:00 p.m. local time. If there are more candidates for an office than there are to be elected for the office, the local chief election officer must declare that an election by voting is to be held. If there are fewer candidates, the local chief election officer must declare the candidate or candidates elected by acclamation.

Local Government Act section 98(2) & section 98(3)

Wednesday, October 10

  • Required Advance Voting Opportunity
  • Required advance voting opportunity from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions. You may vote at an advance voting opportunity even if you will be present in the jurisdiction on general voting day (October 20).

Local Government Act section 107(1)

Saturday, October 13

  • End of Period for Notice of Election
  • Last day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published between September 20 and October 13 for the general voting opportunity on October 20.

Local Government Act section 99(1)

Saturday, October 20

  • General Voting Day
  • General voting day from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions.

Local Government Act section 52

  • Mail Ballot Voting
  • Mail ballots must be received by the local chief election officer by 8:00 p.m. to be counted. Late mail ballots are not considered, regardless of postmark or other proof of effort to deliver by this date.

Local Government Act section 110(9)

  • Announcement of Preliminary Results
  • The local chief election officer may announce the preliminary election results prior to the declaration of the official election results.

Local Government Act section 144(1)

  • End of Period for Inspection of List of Electors
  • Public inspection of list of electors ends at 8:00 p.m. local time. The list of electors is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations. Public inspection of the list of registered electors does not include entitlement to a copy of the list.

Local Government Act section 77(3)

  • End of Campaign Period
  • The campaign period in relation to an election ends at the close of voting on general voting day.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(2)

Monday, October 22

  • Determination of Official Voting Results
  • Official voting results must be determined before declaration of official election results on October 24.

Local Government Act section 145

  • Start of Advance Registration for Next Election
  • Advance elector registration re-opens for a local government that chooses to use a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 71(4)

Wednesday, October 24

  • Last Day for Declaration of Official Election Results by Voting
  • Deadline to declare official election results is 4:00 p.m. local time. The local chief election officer may make the declaration of official election results at any time in the period between the close of general voting (October 20) and this time and date.

Local Government Act section 146(1)

  • Last day for Declaration of Official Election Results by Acclamation
  • Last day to report official results of an election by acclamation. The local chief election officer must submit a report of the election results to the local government within 30 days after the declaration of official election results by acclamation.

Local Government Act section 158(1)

  • Start of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount
  • First day you may make an application for judicial recount to the Provincial court, if official election results declared on the last possible day. The time period during which an application may be made is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and October 29.

Local Government Act section 148(3)

Monday, October 29

  • End of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount
  • Last day for applications for judicial recount to the Provincial court. The time period during which you can make an application is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and nine days after the close of general voting.

Local Government Act section 148(3)

Tuesday, October 30

  • Start Period to Make Oath of Office
  • First day a candidate elected by voting may make oath of office. If an application for a judicial recount of an election is made to the Provincial court, a candidate declared elected in the election is not entitled to make the oath of office until the recount has been completed and the candidate’s election has been confirmed, unless permitted by the Provincial court. The court may authorize a candidate who has been declared elected to make the oath of office if the court is satisfied that the candidate’s election will not be affected by the results of the judicial recount.

Local Government Act section 147(1

Friday, January 18

  • End of Period to File Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
  • Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements by candidates, elector organizations and third party sponsors. A disclosure statement is required to be filed with Elections BC even if the candidate received no campaign contributions, incurred no election expenses, was acclaimed, died, withdrew from the election, or was declared by a court to no longer be a candidate.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(1), section 56 & section 90

Monday, January 21

  • Start of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
  • All outstanding disclosure statements (candidate, elector organization, third party sponsor) are subject to a $500 late filing fee if they are filed starting on this date. Late filing is allowed until February 18 if accompanied by the late filing fee.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(2) & section 56

 

 

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• Friday, November 25th, 2016

 

Not Bad For an Old LadyI want to thank all of you, my friends and family for your caring and thoughtfulness over the past couple of weeks. It truly touched my heart to understand how much you all care for my family. Here is a little something that is on my heart today as I get ready to go pick up my mom’s remains.

 

My mom and I loved road trips. In fact over the past five or six years we have made a lot of trips, whether to Saskatchewan to visit Dad and family or to someplace else just to look around. Mom loved getting out and seeing the world. I would pick her up, and ask her how she was and she would always answer in her typical Joan way, “Not bad for a grouchy old lady”.

 

Once we were on the road, we would talk. We would talk about the past, about the present and about the future. I learned so much about my mom during our road trips. I learned about her life and her dreams. I learned about her disappointments and regrets and we would laugh. For some reason mom thought I was really funny, so we spent a lot of time laughing.

 

Mom used to floss her teeth when we travelled. One time we were traveling to Saskatoon, mom was busy flossing her pearly whites and the floss broke in her teeth. She tried to pull the short piece of floss out that was stuck in between her teeth but couldn’t get it. I turned to her to see what the problem was, she smiled and there was this string hanging out of her chompers. I had to pull over, I was laughing so hard. She had me try to pull the floss out and I couldn’t get it….it was stuck solid. Finally I found a pair of pliers and managed to get the floss out of her teeth. We laughed so hard as we imagined the scenarios that could have happened if we hadn’t managed to release the stubborn floss. I cherished those moments getting to know her.

 

I remember the last time we travelled together to Saskatoon I left my mom there to visit family and I returned home. A couple of months later she called and said “Jerrilyn, come pick me up, I’m ready to go home.” I remember trying to explain to mom that It was a bad time for me to travel. I told her that I would come pick her up in two weeks when Dante was out of school for Christmas break…. but mom insisted…”No, come pick me up now, I’m ready to go home”. So I packed up Dante and Dakota (who was very pregnant at the time}, drove to Saskatoon and picked mom up.

 

Today, I pick my mom up for the last time. I know that there will be no reply when I ask her how she is doing and no laughter as I drive her home. I know that what I know of my mother’s life is all I will ever know. I will not hear any more stories from her about what it was like growing up on the farm in Dahlton or how, when I was born, she couldn’t afford to buy new baby items so she had to use what she was given or found at thrift stores. She ended up with a blanket that she really liked but it was pilled. So she spent hours picking every pill off of that blanket so when she brought me home, I would be wrapped in a soft blanket. Or how when Alan was a baby she was waxing the floor and when she went to get the can of wax it was gone….and apparently so was I. She walked into Alan’s room to find me pouring the wax over him and him contentedly splashing in it. Or when we were young, the dog had chewed the cord to the vacuum cleaner when it was plugged in and Alan grabbed the bare wire. I, being the considerate sister ran and told Mom that Alan had started smoking. I could go on and on with her stories, but for now I will just treasure them in my heart.

 

As I ready myself to go pick up Mom for the last time, I can’t help but picture in my mind that on that Monday, Sept 19th Mom sent a prayer up saying…”God…..Come pick me up, I’m ready to go” and when He arrived to take her home permanently, He leaned over and looked at her, his eyes filled with love and asked, “Hey Joanie my child, how are you doing?” And mom looking at Him and with a big smile on her face replying, “Yo Yo Yo…Not bad for a grouchy old lady.

 

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• Monday, January 04th, 2016

So here it is….my first truly political post of this election and it is not a post about who to or who not to vote for. I don’t care if you are Red, Blue, Orange or Green in your political leanings. I don’t care who you voted for, I do however care that you voted. I don’t care if you liked Harper or disliked Harper. It just amazes me that people around the world see Canadians as so polite and yet the things Canadians have said about Harper in last few days following his defeat are horrible. People….this is a man with a wife and children who just served his country …served us. His family sacrificed and he sacrificed. Of course he made bad decisions and bad judgement calls at times…..just like EVERY other Prime Minister Canada has , and he made great decisions at times….just like EVERY other Prime Minister Canada has. But in the end, he is a man and he has a family who deserve our thanks and our respect as they move on into the next stage of their lives. Wouldn’t it show the world a much better side of Canada if we could put away our verbal swords and poison for awhile and thank this man who saw our country through many difficult times?

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• Monday, September 21st, 2015

You probably won’t believe this but I have friends who are die hard Conservatives,  I have friends who are die hard Liberals and I have  friends who are die hard NDP supporters.  This isn’t in itself unusual I suppose, but it does influence how I post on Facebook and other social media sites.

The funny thing about elections is that they can batter and even destroy friendships and acquaintances.  When I was a child my Dad and Mom told me “never discuss politics, religion or sex”.  As an adult I think about this and am pretty sure they didn’t mean …EVER.  I think what my parents meant is “never just begin spewing negative political, religious or sexual thoughts randomly” because you will, in all likelihood, end up offending someone.

Have you noticed how, on social media sites, people randomly post thoughts about political parties and leaders, religious belief systems and sexual orientation.  Most of these posts are cloaked in humour, but alas, even an offensive remark that is well concealed in humour, does damage and puts others on the defence.

In the last month I have seen more disparaging political party posts than I have since……well, since the last federal election.  Some are really, really funny, some are clever and some are just down right mean.  I have also seen posts from people saying, “if anyone on my friend list posts anything negative about ________, I will unfriend you.  Just like that!

Why do we let politics become this divisive?  When you look at this  Federal Election, be cognisant that we are choosing a person and a party to run this country, to manage and be fiscally responsible with yours and my tax dollars.  This election will determine the future of our country. Instead of using this election as an opportunity to show the world  how much we love our country and how important this election is, we turn it into a three ring circus and make a mockery of our political foundations.  Why is that?

We owe it to ourselves, and to this Country we call home, to handle this election with tact and dignity.  We are not going to change the way someone votes because we have posted a joke about a candidate’s bad breath, or by comparing a Canadian leadership hopeful to Donald Trump.  We may however impact people by promoting what and why we support a certain party.

But I believe the best way to influence people is by encouraging them to listen to the candidates, read what each party stands for and then GET OUT AND VOTE.  I know I said that rather loudly, but voting is the one thing that could change our country’s direction. If more people…especially young people, got out and voted,  It would change the face of Canadian politics.  Canada needs a generation of committed voters.

More to come…….