Hitchhiking a bad idea

This past week, coming home in the evening, I have been horrified to see two young women on the side of the highway, hitchhiking, then later in the week one young woman, also hitchhiking. I was scared for them and wondered if they made it home or is their family, the people who love them, adding their tears to the Highway of Tears. There is enough information, signs, remembrances of those lost to be a deterrent to this activity. There must be another way to get home?

The Northwest Personal Growth Association is hosting two events: Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration at 8:30 a.m. at St Joseph’s Gymnasium. A morning of health, beauty and financial tips, tricks and tools with speakers: Louise Grenier, Shauna Peterson, consultants with Investors Group Financial; Jennifer Rosenberg, Ricki Ongman, Alpine Cut and Esthetics (a New Year, a New You); Wendy Marion-Orienti, Registered Nutritionist, “If We Want to Keep a Lamp Burning We must Keep Putting Oil in it” Mother Theresa, are you trying to give from an empty cup? Come and learn what you can do to help your body do its job. Help yourself so your “cup over floweth”. Wendy is also a licensed Personal Growth Counselor. Come and gather a few tools for more confident decision making for yourself, for your life; Caitlan Sikkes, fitness leader — experience a mini-workout and gain the knowledge to get fit on your own; Brianna Sikkes, Cakes by Brianna. Her family has been operating Paul’s Bakery for over 50 years; this event will showcase one of her cake designs.

Tickets $20.00, two for $30.00. Proceeds to Domestic Peace. Reserve your spot by calling 250-847-9620. The second event is a weekend workshop, March 4, 7:00 p.m.: Couple Communication Workshop, learn first hand how to build a harmonious authentic couple relationship. Details, call 250-847-3533.

There will be a Family Caregiver Series videoconference presentation over several days: March 1, Understanding Dementia; March 8, Understanding Communication; March 15, Understanding Behavior; March 22, Self-care for the Caregiver. Each session is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bulkley Lodge Conference/Education Room. To register, contact Leanne Jones at 1-866-564-7533 or ljones@alzheimerbc.org. I can remember caring for my husband, he was so sick before he passed away. I was working in a vacuum, no understanding of what was happening to him, just doing the best I could. I sure could have used more information and support from others who were in the same boat. Knowing what is happening and planning ahead can make life better for the person needing the care as well as the care giver.

Closing with: Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson