Special to the Star Journal
Some 58 people registered for the Terry Fox Run in Barriere Sunday, raising an estimated $7,484 toward cancer research.
The 10-km run, which was dedicated to the “value of family, genuine family and workplace family,” featured a special cedar archway in Fadear Park to remember longtime Barriere volunteer Ted Smith, who died last November at the age of 88.
Acting Mayor Donna Kibble spoke of her admiration for the value of the annual run to so many families as well as Smith’s generosity to the community.
Greg Smith, president of Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd., which commissioned the archway, spoke of his mentor, Ted Smith, as a family man – “family was key” as well as his respect for the crew and crew’s respect to him in return. He said the value of the Terry Fox Run is “something fantastic we can continue to rally around.”
Carman Smith, Ted’s brother spoke of how Ted became a benefactor to the run when we lost people in our crew to cancer as “it really hit home.”
Ted’s daughter, Patti said her dad was not a “big emotional guy” but she recalled him affectionately referring to the crew at Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. as “the boys.” Of the day’s tribute and the beautiful cedar archway, she said, “Dad would be very proud.”
The Barriere community has now raised more than $200,000 for cancer research since 1981.
Kathy Cooper is the co-organizer of the Barriere Community Terry Fox Run