Opinion

When I chose “uplift” as my word of the year, I had no idea I would come to lean on it so heavily. 

Like many others, we sadly lost our home in the devastating McDougall Creek wildfire. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. Your thoughts, concerns, and caring words truly mean the world to us. My heart also goes out to everyone else impacted by the wildfires—which seems to include so much of our community, our valley, and our province. 

Karl, Knox (dog) and I are safe and sound, thanks to the dedicated Wilson’s Landing Fire Dept. guiding us and our neighbours to safety. We are staying with friends for now while we look for a new place to live.

While we are crushed by the loss of our home, I am uplifted by the news that some homes in our tight-knit neighbourhood are still standing—and even some of the tall pines. While we may have lost our house, we still have a place to call home and rebuild upon. For that, we are deeply grateful to all the first responders for their heroic work to fight back this monster of a fire. 

As a communicator, I have been watching my colleagues work around the clock to keep us informed. Thank you for your daily briefings—so informative, inspiring, and yes, uplifting. You are my North Stars.

Now more than ever, we need to continue to uplift each other. This is far from over. Our communities are not only physically fragile right now—but emotionally fragile, as well. And we are so much stronger when we stand together. 

Take care, stay safe, and if you have the opportunity to uplift someone today, take that chance. It might mean more than you know. 

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