Shirley Wells from Laughing Swan Farm near Kamloops sets up her seed display at Clinton’s Seedy Sunday.

Shirley Wells from Laughing Swan Farm near Kamloops sets up her seed display at Clinton’s Seedy Sunday.

Striking A Balance – Retirements and volunteers

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

The End of an Era

Anyone visiting the Village of Clinton Municipal Office after April 30 may notice a difference. Deputy Clerk Dina Connon is retiring after serving for over 39 years in the Village Office.

Dina started on March 1, 1976 and has been a constant fixture in the office ever since. She has worked with nine Mayors and numerous Councillors and 10 different Administrators over the years.

Everyone in Clinton depended on Dina’s exceptional memory. She carries more knowledge about the history of Clinton than anyone else I know. She could be relied upon to remember names, dates, even tax role numbers. Many residents of Clinton have never seen the Village Office without Dina there. She will be missed.

On Tuesday, April 21 the Village staff and Council invite everyone to drop in between 1-4:30 p.m. to enjoy cake, fellowship and stories with Dina.

The Village of Clinton Mayor, Council and staff wish her well in her retirement and remind her to drop in to visit. She knows what time the coffee is on!

Enjoy your retirement, Dina. You’ve earned it!

PAC Needs More Parents

The Clinton School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is again asking parents of school students to get involved.

The School Act gives parents the right, through PACs, to assume an advisory role in every school. PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school other than matters assigned to the School Planning Council (SPC).

PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school, involving parents in volunteer activities and openly discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools.

Parents or guardians of all students are welcome to attend the PAC meetings. These are held monthly on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Meetings typically last about an hour. The next PAC meeting is on Monday, April 20.

Council Meetings

The regular meetings of the Village of Clinton Council are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. These meetings are open to the public and attendees will be given the opportunity to question or comment on anything that is on the agenda. The next regular meeting is on April 22 beginning at 7p.m. in Council Chambers in the Municipal Office building.

Wild Game Banquet

The Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsmen Association will hold a Wild Game Banquet on Saturday, April 25.

This is the major fundraising event for this group and includes dinner, a silent and live auction and a dance. The funds raised help with their environmental stewardship projects, Moose counts, and more. As usual the tickets sold out quickly.

Susan Swan