COLUMN: Celebrating baking in Hazeltons

Lorraine’s weekly roundup of all things Bulkley Valley

So, moving right along, Moyie is an unincorporated community in the East Kootenay region of B.C., located on Highway 3, 19 miles south of Cranbrook on the eastern shore of Moyie Lake. Once known as Grande Quete, the origin of Moyie’s name is via the river of the same name, thought to be the French word mouille, meaning wet. Continuing my walk heading to Cranbrook with 41,580 steps. This is a city located on the west side of the Kootenay River. It is the largest urban centre in the region known as the East Kootenay. As of 2016 the population is 19,259. The Mayor is Lee Pratt. My next destination after Cranbrook will be Fort Steele, 63,624 steps.

I met a lady who has been travelling across Canada, driving from her home town of Embrun, Ontario. This is a community in the Eastern Ontario region. In 2011 the population was 6,380. The Town has a French-speaking majority with a significant English-speaking minority. Their mayor is Pierre Leroux. She gave me her card “Travelling Grandma,” Linda Maass and has a Facebook page. Libby the dog is her travelling companion. Now on her way to Prince George, heading to the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska. I wish her a safe journey.

Last week I had the honour of interviewing three people who are involved with the Skeena Bakery in New Hazelton. Darren, support worker and baker, Braunwyn, manager and Ruth, board member. The mission of the Skeena Supported Employment Society is to enhance the work and life skills of people with disabilities by providing supported employment and volunteer opportunities in the Hazeltons. The Bakery is operated by the not-for-profit society, a grassroots community organization conceived to address the lack of meaningful employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities. They will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a party on Saturday, July 13: free burgers from 12 p.m. until they run out; 1 p.m. opening ceremonies; 1:30 to 8 p.m. live music plus a pie eating contest; 5 p.m. pizza; door prizes, water balloon fight in the Skateboard Park, free food and coffee. An awesome day.

From Women North Network, Rise Women’s Legal Centre will hold a Virtual Legal Clinic in Smithers July 16. This Clinic provides unbundled legal services through online and telephone, including summary legal advice and assistance with drafting documents or separation agreements. Their hope is to create a small bridge in a very big gap to access to justice. Interested in attending contact or 1-204-951-7106.

At the Art Gallery. The Artisan Shop is now open. Great local/regional art and artisanal items. If you are an artist that missed the submission date and want to participate, contact the office: 250-847-3898.

Watch for the Smithers Street Pianos, brought to you by the BV Classical Strings Society. Sit down and play, just remember to cover them up when you are done. Find them at Central Park Building and Bugwood Bean. Check out the piano at Central Park Building, painted by Gitxsan/Cree Artist Michelle Stoney.

Closing with: Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. Stewart Udall.

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