Years ago, I visited a friend of mine in Abersoch, North Wales. The people in the village welcomed me with open arms. Drinks were bought, meals were shared, friendships were made. A week after I arrived, the owner of the local pub came up to me and informed me that some of my countrymen were in town visiting. He arranged for me to meet them and it turned out that my “countrymen” were from New Hampshire. I did meet them but it wasn’t long before I got tired of hearing how everything was that much better in their home country. These comments also wore very thin with the locals of the village as the free beer stopped flowing for them. To this day, I value the friendship bestowed upon me by the people of N. Wales. You have a beautiful country and a welcoming attitude for people visiting your country.
On facebook, I saw a comment from a schoolmate of mine, Sandra Macklem (Braden). She spoke about how blessed she was to be living where she is now (Powell River) but also valued the times she had in Dawson Creek and Powder King. I have found that people like Sandy operate with the mindset that their glass is always full. Sandy has also been a person that I would always be happy to see and have a coffee with.
Also on facebook, I saw a comment about how Dawson Creek is a god-awful town. I am sorry to say that I was offended by this comment as I grew up in Dawson Creek, got married in Dawson Creek and raised a family here. I have met great people here, locals and newcomers, and have been the recipient of many opportunities here. I had the opportunity of working with a young teacher two years ago from Penticton and he saw Dawson Creek as a place that provided him with employment and a place where he developed many new friendships. He raved about how many sunny days we had in the winter. Penticton is still where his roots are but Dawson Creek is now the town that he has a relationship in and is also now a property owner. Scott will also be a great addition to our community as he is also a full glass kind of person.
We live in a country of opportunities and choice. It is up to each individual to take advantage of the opportunities and choices open to them. If you aren’t happy living in my hometown, there are four highways leaving town, pick one.