“Hope – having hope propels us to achieve our dreams and drives us forward toward our pursuits.
It also keeps us afloat when everything seems to go wrong. When we feel that we’re drowning, hope is the light at the end of the tunnel – the Northern Star by which we navigate our lives through trials and difficulties toward our dreams of a better day.
When we lose hope, we are a rudderless ship being tossed about without direction. Having and finding hope then, is essential for keeping our dreams upright and continuing to sail in the directions of our attainment.” –Gloria Tibbatts Over the second weekend in September the Expanding Community Cancer Care Committee held their seventh annual Walk of Hope raising $71, 000 for the project.
With the announcement in May that the province would be kicking in ‘the difference,’ , it’s hoped that the need for another Walk of Hope is over. “We did it!” Gloria Tibbatts told the crowd gathered in the tent before the 2022 Walk of Hope officially started with the walk for about 25 cancer survivors behind Staff Sargeant Matt Lavallee and Cpl. Brett Church. “On May 3, 2022, the government announced that they would kick in $700,000 to add to our $1.8 million that we had raised to make the $2.5 million that we needed to build the new chemotherapy unit.” The unit, Tibbatts explained will be attached to the west wing of the Russell Health Centre and will run south from there. The building is now going to be approx. 2,600 square feet, have four stations and room to expand to six stations if needed in the future.
With the geographical and topographical surveys completed, a virtual meeting between Gloria Tibbatts and Judy Forsyth, cancer care nurses and Prairie Mountain Health exec can review the 95% completion of the design and furnishings of the building was held three days after the walk (and too late to be included in this paper). The completed design will be released on Sept. 30th and will then be put out for tender with the deadline for tenders set for Nov. 2, 2022.
“Construction, I believe will likely start in the spring of 2023 as this would save us money on heat, if building through the winter months,” Gloria Tibbatts said.
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A country rock singer songwriter, JR Charron says he grew up in Binscarth on simple straight forward music.
Four chords and the truth. He’s been called the small town boy with the big voice.
While he’s been making music of one kind or another since he was a teen, his art has really come together in a big way over the last few years.
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Looking at the list of teachers for the three Park West division schools in our area, it’s heartwarming when you realize how many teachers are past graduates who have chosen to come home and share their time and talent with our students.
Christine MacIsaac Ushey and her daughter Zoe Anne, both graduates of Major Pratt, will be teaching junior high students in classrooms next door to one another this year.
Standing at the base of the main stairs in Major Pratt, they’re holding a picture of Christine’s mom Anne MacIsaac who was a beloved teacher of English in Major Pratt for many years.
The family continues to be inspired by Doug MacIsaac who was the superintendent of Pelly Trail School Division throughout the 1970’s.
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The council of Russell Binscarth met on Aug 25th in council chambers in Russell for their second regular meeting of the month.
This meeting drew 29 spectators to the chambers and the lobby of the buildng.
While Councillor Baseley brought a number of questions to the floor the highlight - which will be dealt with later in this acticle, were the delgegation to council brought forward by Mrs. Jamie Bradshaw, as printed on page 2.
Councillor Cadieux also fulfilled a promise made at the last meeting after Len Derkach brought an issue to floor with a delegation pertaining to a resolution brought forward by Councillor Cadieux that banned Mr. Len Derkach and Mr. Nick Foisy from running in the upcoming election. (See coverage of this meeting and Derkach’s delegation in Aug. 16th issue of The Russell Banner.)
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Anyone who is lucky enough to have known Barb Dow knows she’s sharp as a tack with a faultless memory and a sense of humor matched by no other.
So it comes as no surprise to her pals - old and new - that Barbara B. Dow decided to write a children’s book at the age of (almost) ninety one.
Barb’s foray into writing came after she moved from her beloved Russell where she and her husband Jack owned and ran a Hardware Store for years. If you’re old enough, you might remember Barb as sweet and funny secretary for Major Pratt School.
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The Gilmour House held a very successful open house over the weekend, showcasing all the hard work of the RAHAC board members in restoring the oldest home in Russell.
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Parade Marshall Eva Barker with friend Marg Fraser
After their scheduled celebration was rained out the weekend before, Waywayseecappo First Nation held their second annual Gay Pride parade on June 29th just in time to end off Gay Pride month.
The brightly colored floats carrying residents of all ages, made their way through the business district in Waywayseecappo and onto Hwy 45 for a short loop back.
The parade was followed by a barbeque and dance.
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Organizing a day long fundraiser ending with a Countryfest headliner as a live entertainment is no small feat.
But for Caroline and James Hewson, events like their community celebration held in Angusville over the weekend, are just one of the many things they do.
Because, Lord knows, they’ve done it before - each time giving back to community endeavors in a huge way.
While this weekend was extra special, marking the 10th anniversary in ‘business, last weekend’s festivities marked the third time the couple has pulled this off.
You can read the whole story in the July 5th edition of The Russell Banner.