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REPORTING · 1st April 2010
Walter McFarlane
NO LAUGHING MATTER: Part 6

The BC Winter Games in Terrace were over by Monday March 8th but there was still one final detail which needed to get out of the way. Mayor Joanne Monaghan had received a letter from Peter Weeber which thanked the District of Kitimat for helping to put on the games.

“I would like to extend our thanks to Kitimat for the use of your facilities. Special thanks to: Martin Gould, Recreation Director, all facilities’ staff, Kitimat Hospital staff, Fire Chief, John Klie, the Paramedics who attended the speed skating incident and the residents of Kitimat who volunteered at the venues and operated a safety factor. The Games were an overwhelming success thanks to the support of over 1900 volunteers in Terrace and in Kitimat. Thank you once again,” read Mayor Monaghan.

Monaghan also thanked everyone and said she was pleased to hand out medals and will remember the reaction from the youth who received them. She hoped they would go on to be Olympic Champions.

Throughout the Games, the various organizers were expressing they were pleased by the facilities at the High School, Tamitik and the Kitimat Ice Rink. The High School in particular got special attention from one organizer for its size and the potential for small class sizes in Kitimat.

At Tamitik, the organizers of the Speed Skating were impressed by how fast the paramedics were on the scene when a skater was seriously injured. Meanwhile, the organizer at KIR was impressed by the volunteers and saddened when she learned about the inevitable closure of the structure.