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#5 Telethon
REPORTING · 30th December 2010
Walter McFarlane
These are our favourite top ten events in Kitimat in 2010. These are the events which are organized as fundraisers, community events and bring the community closer.

05 TELETHON

This years Aluminum City Telethon was spectacular considering it almost did not take place. The entertainers were excellent, the donations came in and although $40,780 may not be the highest total in Telethon history, it could double up to $80,000.

04 TORCH IN KITIMAT

The Olympics might have proven to be a waste of money but having the Olympic flame run through the community of Kitimat meant a lot for community spirit. It is not every year the Olympic Flame passes through the community.

03 ANIMAL SHELTER OPENS

The old animal shelter no longer suited the needs of the community. A new animal shelter was needed and a lot of love went into building it. Many people spent a lot of time in constructing the building and it was a day to honour all of them. A majority of the money came from Council Grants as well as work in kind from contractors in Kitimat.

02 ELECTION 2010

This is for the whole shebang; the nomination of six candidates, the debate, the campaigning, the voting day and the swearing in of Councillor Corinne Scott. There were six great candidates, each bringing something different to the table. We certainly look forward to ELECTION 2011.

01 GATHERING OF NATIONS

The first thing you are thinking is: What is this doing in the #1 slot. This event was a gathering of nations… a gathering of communities. There were people from all over the north. The purpose was for First Nations Leaders to gather in Kitamaat Village and express why they were opposed to the Enbridge Pipeline. David Suzuki was a keynote speaker as was Rikki Ott, Norm Hann and many others. In addition to these speakers there was food, dancing and celebrating.
#4 Olympic Torch
#4 Olympic Torch
#3 Animal Shelter opens
#3 Animal Shelter opens
#2 Election 2010
#2 Election 2010
#1 Gathering of Nations
#1 Gathering of Nations
Top Event is Kitimat itself
Comment by Lynda on 29th December 2010
I think you missed the ball on #1 - many locals missed this event and would not consider it as the top event in our community.

The biggest event by far is that Kitimat survived one of the most difficlout years in recent history. There is something to be said for a community rallying together just to survive.