If there’s one thing Fernie knows how to do, it’s winter. From a casual, friendly ski around the golf course on groomed Nordic trails, to a wild, two day hike in the backcountry, snow provides Fernie with endless adventures and thanks to the limitless snowfall, every trip offers a new panorama to enjoy and every weekend provides a great new event to try! Get outside in February and enjoy all the fun.
Photo by Kyle Hamilton
Frequently we have chosen the loose theme of “Valentine’s Day” for our February issues. This year, we decided to instead encourage columnists to emphasize other facets of this popular month in Fernie. With the first official BC Family Day Weekend occurring and the history of substantial snow falling, it seemed fitting to mold this month’s Fix around these central ideas and to move down an alternate path. I should have anticipated the inevitable.
The beginning of each year has many of us deciding upon resolutions to better ourselves, better our communities, and perhaps better the environment. Enter John Iddon, a Grade Eleven student at Fernie Secondary School who has created an opportunity for us to have a positive affect on all three.
From being voted Best Resort in North America 2012 at the World Snow Awards, to our amazing performance in Powder magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown, Fernie has a lot to celebrate in 2013. December 21 may not have been the end of days but we’ve still got to make it through the end of Tzolk’in in March so we might as well make the most of the few months in between. If you can believe it, the parties in January are even bigger and better than New Year’s Eve so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the end of the Year of the Dragon.
Raising children in a small town has its advantages. It’s never far to get from school to the pool, and from there to the arena, and then back home. If you’re stuck, you can usually call any number of parents to give your child a ride home. But it also has its downsides.
With the approach of each new year a feeling of anxiety slowly fills the pit of my belly. I scramble to find that list I wrote oh… 12 months ago (with the intention of amending every three) and swallow any guilt that surfaces. “I’m sure I met some of my goals this year,” I persuade. I grab a cup of milky tea, sift comfortably in front of the affectionate fire and begin to sift through the affirmations one by one.
Lately I’ve been musing on the term “public servant” and the concept of humility overall.
As politicians, we are seen cutting ribbons, making speeches and presenting awards—performing the function of “dignitaries.” It is important for all of us to remember that elected officials' primary function is to serve the community. It seems like an ironic contrast, to be both dignitaries and servants, a contrast that may create internal conflict.
“Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
I like Dr. Seuss, but that particular quote places a huge burden on those with whom we share our lives. When really, surviving a family holiday is as much about what we don’t say as what we do.
Since taking on the role of Executive Officer at the Arts Station, Courtney Baker has been working year-round to put the Festive Season firmly on the calendar in Fernie. The ‘What the Dickens’ festival is a series of events to charm and entertain the whole family all through December. All donations will support the Youth Public Art Project, and in the spirit of giving, food bank donations will be accepted.
A definite perk to our job is meeting and learning about unique and pivotal individuals residing within our community. While I’ve known Denise on a “How are you?” basis the last few years, I was happily surprised to learn the level of her community involvement, impact and passion.
In past we have strayed away from the December edition being too holiday-oriented, with cover images focusing on the excitement of the winter season we are about to embark on. But in all truth, we have been equally as excited about the upcoming holiday season. And personally, perhaps even more so!
I love my son. He’s a nice boy: kind and considerate. I don’t just say this because I am his mother. Many people have told me as much.
If you read this column regularly, you’ll know how much I admire Jon Turk and his ability to recreate his experiences for an audience through written and spoken word.
An Official Community Plan (or OCP) is the set of rules council must legally follow when making decisions about issues such as housing, transportation, parks, economic development, the natural and social environment, and infrastructure.
To have real impact in our community, get involved in Fernie's ongoing OCP rewrite sessions. You will have to tolerate a staggering glut of acronyms and buzzwords, but it’s a small price to pay to have real influence over Fernie’s future.
Here are a couple things to keep in mind when you join the process: