Paramedics Melanie Painter (left) and Jen Clarke (right) with mom Roxanne Valee and baby Kate Isabell.

Paramedics Melanie Painter (left) and Jen Clarke (right) with mom Roxanne Valee and baby Kate Isabell.

Striking a Balance – Paramedics awarded special pins

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Special Delivery

It has been said that a baby waits for no one. That was certainly the case when Kate Isabell Vallee made her entrance into the world, two weeks early.

On a very snowy March 6 the call went in to the Clinton Station of BC Ambulance for a woman in labour. Paramedics Melanie Painter and Jennifer Clarke responded only to find that labour was quite far along. In fact they delivered little 6 pound, 11 ounce Kate in the ambulance in the parents’ driveway at 12 minutes after three.

Once baby arrived and mom, Roxanne Vallee was stabilized, they were transported to the 100 Mile House Hospital along with proud Papa Louis Vallee. All are doing well. Congratulations to parents, Roxanne and Louis and big sister, four and a half year old Julie on the arrival of the newest member of their family.

Grandma Helen had just flown into Kamloops from Quebec at 3 p.m. the afternoon she was born, expecting to have two more weeks to prepare for her granddaughter’s birth. The timing of Kate’s arrival came as a surprise to them all.

Stork Award

The delivery of Kate Vallee was a first for Paramedics Melanie Painter and Jennifer Clarke. It was also the first delivery in the Clinton Ambulance since November of 1989.

On behalf of BC Ambulance Service, Clinton Unit Chief Chris Guerin presented both paramedics with a Stork Award Recognition along with a pink stork pin to recognize a special event that does not happen very often. Both paramedics can wear this special pin on their uniforms.

Congratulations to the paramedics for a special delivery and to the family involved.

Volunteer Appreciation

The Spirit of Clinton Committee (formerly known as the 150/50 Committee) hosted a reception on May 3 to honour the volunteers who help make Clinton a better place  to live, work and play.

While a slide show of photos from many of the events of 2013 played, Mayor Jim Rivett and Councillor Diana Guerin thanked  the volunteers for the many events that took place last year and for the continued support of events over the years.

Attendees were treated to a lovely selection of goodies prepared by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. There were door prizes for most of those attending and a time to reminisce about the events and legacy of the anniversary year that was.

Most of the organizations in Clinton are still looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested in joining any of the local groups can drop by the Village Office for a list of organizations and contact names. New members bring new ideas and help keep the community vibrant.

Susan Swan

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