Holidays provide an chance to reflect

At home, like many of you, probably, we are trying to teach our children what this season is really all about.

  • Dec. 10, 2011 1:00 p.m.

By Hannah King

At home, like many of you, probably, we are trying to teach our children what this season is really all about.

We’re trying to encourage the girls to think about what they are grateful for.

In preparing for these discussions, I’ve come to realize this past year was full of challenges and trends both globally and locally that scare me silly.

Fortunately through my work I get to hear about a lot of the good things we are accomplishing as a community.

In this past year, four neighbourhood parks were rejuvenated or created thanks to the efforts of neighbourhood groups.

This might not seem like a huge number, but it represents a great deal of effort and commitment from those involved.

The resulting product and sense of community is always impressive.

This summer participants in our Leaders in Training and Quest youth leadership programs provided Nanaimo with 12,307 volunteer hours.

You would have seen them at community events and assisting in children’s programs and summer camps.

Participants typically go on to use the various skills they developed in the program. Once fostered in a positive way a person’s community spirit tends to flourish.

December marks the end of the current Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission’s three-year term. This group is responsible for a number of improvements locally.

They attended more than 70 public events, recognized and awarded 268 sport and cultural achievements, and ensured public recreation facilities meet the needs of the clients who visit pools, rinks or gymnasiums.

They’ve also supported plans to ensure these facilities will serve the community well into the future.

Isn’t that the true meaning of community? People helping people find the joy in life through providing settings to enjoy our natural surroundings, programs to learn a new skill or an event to gather and meet your neighbours?

I think those are all things to be grateful for.

From all of us at parks, recreation and culture, please enjoy the holidays and the time it affords you to focus on what matters.

Hannah King is a marketing and communication specialist with Nanaimo parks, recreation and culture.

Just Posted

An artist’s rendering of a proposed student housing complex at 326 Wakesiah Ave. (WA Architects Ltd. image)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-staff as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

Curl B.C. chairperson Teri Palynchuk is this year’s winner of the Janette Robbins Award for leadership. Palynchuk is pictured here with the Curling Canada Foundation Cup along with past chairperson Peter Muir, left, and Curl B.C. CEO Scott Braley. (Photo courtesy Curl B.C.)
Nanaimo curling exec wins Curl B.C. leadership award

Teri Palynchuk receives Janette Robbins Award

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

CVSAR search the Puntledge River following a report of an abandoned kayak. Photo, CVSAR Facebook page
Comox Valley Search and Rescue spends four hours searching for no one

Overturned kayak a reminder for public to contact officials if they have to abandon a watercraft

Most Read