Sunday, January 04, 2009

Kootenay Rememberance

This fall, the people of the Kootenay region of British Columbia took me into their hearts and homes and schools when I did a book tour through the area.

These are a few of the shots I took at the time.

This past week the small town of Sparwood lost eight young men to an avalanche.

To honour their memories, a memorial was held earlier today in Sparwood, with thousands of the same warm hearts who welcomed me in attendance, to say good bye.

You can read about the memorial on the CBC news site HERE.

Two trust funds has been set up for the young families of the men who died.

From the District of Sparwood website:

Two Trust Accounts have been set up for the Sparwood Avalanche Victims Families.

The accounts are both named
"In Trust -- Sparwood Avalanche Victims"

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
5080 003 5077425

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
03070 010 7573138.

Donations can be made at any branch of either bank, or by going on-line and donating to the above accounts.

My thoughts go out to all the people of this wonderful area -- and to the families and friends of those who experienced this terrible loss.



A Novel Woman said...

Tragic news. I read about it this morning. I feel for the woman who lost both husband and son on the same day, and for all the families who lost loved ones. When a community is that small and that tight, they never, ever forget.

kc dyer said...

Devastating. I followed the whole story, from the first avalanche, through the search for the last man -- Danny Bjarnason, who died buried in the second avalanche, trying to dig his friends out of the first.