First off I want to say thanks to the TNRD board of directors for electing me as the chair of the TNRD board. Director Willow Macdonald was elected as vice-chair and between the two of us I am sure we will be able to get the job done. So far we are still working on the list of things I cannot do, or I guess I should say, shouldn’t do as chair.
Once I wade through that, the next year promises to be one of growth throughout our region helped along by the amazing teamwork already evident throughout the board. Thanks again to each of the directors for the chance to sit at the head of the table.
I want to thank the Barriere council for agreeing to sponsor the Bullarama this year. The Farm Kids Scholarship Fund is a wonderful organization that truly needs our help. The sponsorship package included four tickets to the Bullarama and New Years Dance. Councillor Stamer made a motion that these be donated as two prizes of a pair of tickets to be given to the Barriere Holiday Passport draw. Best of luck to those of you that got your passports and did some local shopping over the holidays.
Last year’s Bullarama was top notch entertainment. We had to leave just after the dance started, but I was told it was great fun as well. This year there are more seats, a layout that will allow for the doors to be down so the heat can stay inside and a list of bull riders that includes talent from as far away as Australia and Mexico.
Steven Puhallo and his team put in an incredible amount of hours to bring this event to Barriere. It provides good fun on New Years Eve for the whole family, and the money goes to a great cause. How much better can it get?
I tried to help out at the annual turkey dinner held at Barriere Secondary last week. I fear I was in the way more than being a help, but it was a great time. Laura Mairs did the organization and cooking, and if I am wrong on that I apologize. I think I have it right though, and I want to say the turkey was superb. Okay the vegetables, stuffing, gravy and desert were very good as well, but the turkey was the star attraction.
Len vanNieuwkerk and his team from the Barriere Lions were there helping with everything. Carman and Barb Smith were there, and Barb was kind enough to show me the right way to get that first piece of pie out of the dish without ruining it.
Cpl. Underhill and his team from the local RCMP detachment were charged with handing out the deserts. They managed to forestall a pie fight which was good. I thought we would all be banned after the cake fight last year.
Councillors Kershaw and Paula were there, as were Barriere school trustee Rhonda Kershaw, Eileen Meirs, Lindsay Arcand and a host of others that helped make the dinner good fun.
The students were pleasant and polite just like I am sure their parents and caregivers would want them to be. The Barriere Secondary staff is to be commended for all their efforts in making this possible each year. I did not get a chance to meet our new principal Mr. Ken Rife, but I did meet vice-principal Mr. Cory Carmichael on the way out the door. If they continue to do as well for the school as they did getting the students through having dinner in an orderly fashion with a festive spirit, all will be good going forward.
At the last council meeting, Mr. Antoon Houben gave us an update on the Barriere Food Bank Society. It appears that a good deal has happened over the past while. The society has its charitable status back. Numerous hampers have been prepared and will be delivered over the next few days, which will be appreciated I am sure.
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to you all. May your Holiday Season be filled with happiness and good cheer. Please be very careful if you are travelling.