Creston Valley volunteers are appreciated

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To the Editor:

Many good people in the Creston Valley work very hard to make a great community even better. It is maybe best to ignore the few who have nothing better to do than to criticize without making suggestions. They may grow up a little later.

By way of this letter, I thank all the volunteers and appreciate what they, with their selfless dedication, contribute to our community and to the creation of a better world. Because of their work, the life of many people is a little better.

We should be thankful to have people like Alex Nilsson in our midst. Alex is a shining example of an individual who has shown the rest of us what it takes to make our community and our world a better place to live in. While Alex is the most outstanding citizen far and wide, there are many more at work, and some because of him. The Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors is only one of many creations helping seniors to have a better life that is here because of Alex’s work and dedication.

There are a hundred volunteers at work to make Gleaners function. Gleaners is not only helping the needy but is contributing thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes into the community. It is doing a lot for a cleaner environment by helping in reusing clothing, hardware and many other items that would otherwise be wasted.

There is a long list of many other groups and individuals doing great services to our community and often filling the voids left by our governments.

The arts community is flourishing. Small farmers and gardeners are providing healthy, fresh fruit and vegetable without poison and without polluting the Earth by transporting it thousands of kilometres. We are well on our way to making out valley a showcase to the world, where wealth is measured in health and happiness. The people of the Creston Valley and, it seems, most Canadians want a different Canada than the one our quasi-dictator prime minister is trying to force on us.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” That was true in Margaret Mead’s time and is true today.

Henry Dahle