Children’s health fair a success

Trent Ernst, Editor

 

The Tumbler Ridge Children’s Health and Safety Fair, held on September 17 was a success, says Success by Six Coordinator Colette Ernst.

“Considering the events of the last six months, I was very happy with the turn out at the Success by Six Children’s Health and Safety Fair,” she says. “There were 33 children six and under plus eight older siblings who attended this year with one or more parent. Five of these children were new to Tumbler Ridge.

New this year was Safety and Fitness. In addition to the usual information on dental hygiene, vision care and audiology were the fire department, RCMP, and fitness organizations like soccer, skating and the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society.

Each child received a bag stuffed with information and resources, a free book, and a small prize for visiting each station, says Ernst. “We were graced with many generous donations towards door prizes this year, and handed out 18 door prize packages ranging across the age groups participating.”

“2014 has seen two mine closures and the deferral of Quintette, and many families have moved out of the area in search of new jobs and opportunities for their families,” says Ernst. “As with many small mining communities, the population of Tumbler Ridge undergoes a regular turn over, as mine workers often arrive in Tumbler Ridge from all over the world for short term contracts. Yet we also have residents who have chosen to make Tumbler Ridge their home and through thick and thin remain and bring up their family here.”