Striking A Balance – Time to slow down and enjoy the holidays

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

Chris Guerin receiving his 25-year service pin and plaque from Mayor Jim Rivett.

Clinton Paramedic Honoured

Chris Guerin, Unit Chief of the BC Ambulance Station in Clinton was recently presented with a plaque and pin recognising his 25 years of service to BCAC.

The presentation was to have been Nov. 27 in Prince George but the weather had other ideas. That is when the first huge snowstorm of the season hit Clinton and the Cariboo/Chilcotin.

The presentation was actually made on Dec. 12 at the Village of Clinton Annual Christmas Party. Guerin was unsuspecting, even after he was told he should come in full uniform.

Accepting the honour from Mayor Jim Rivett, Guerin said it actually meant more to him to receive the plaque and 25-year service pin in front of his family, friends and co-workers than it would have if he had received it in Prince George.

Congratulations, Chris and thank you for all the years of service to the people of Clinton and area. Your dedication is greatly appreciated.

Ball Tickets Still Available

Tickets to the 148th Clinton Annual Ball are available at a discount until Dec. 31.

The Ball will be held on Saturday, May 16 and will feature an elegant three-course dinner, entertainment and dancing. The popular Evergreen Drifters will provide music once again.

The theme for the 148th Annual Ball is ‘Camels in the Cariboo’. This pays homage to Clinton’s historic past where 21 camels were brought to BC to serve as pack animals for the miners who were travelling to the gold fields in the 1860s. The experiment failed miserably but remains an important part of the Gold Rush history.

Tickets are available at the Clinton Emporium and Country Squire Gift Shop or by phoning 250-459-7725.

Christmas Light Up

By the time you read this the judging for the Christmas Light Up Contest in Clinton area will be completed. Judges toured the community on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

It is always nice to see the effort that people put into their displays to brighten up the darkest part of the year.

If you get a chance, get out and enjoy the displays in your own community.

Quiet Christmas

This will be a very quiet, low-key Christmas for my family this year. My Dad passed away on Oct. 4. I was able to go to Ontario and spend time with my siblings and their families, even enjoying Thanksgiving with them for the first time in decades.

Both my parents passed away in October, though it was eight years apart. I remember how hard that first Christmas was after my Mom left us. Now they are both gone.

Christmas for me will be a time for reflection and memories. I know there are many in the same situation, missing a loved one at that time of the year that is all about spending time with family. Remember the good times and treasure the memories. This is a great time to create memories with your own children.

I won’t be writing a column next week as I spend some quiet time with my immediate family so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and may we all have a healthy, happy New Year.

Susan Swan

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