|Moon Over Canada|
Monday, 9 February 2015
On Feb. 1, 2015, about 40 Canadian military veterans arrived in Comox, BC. Their mission was to take part in a week of snow sports at Mount Washington, a local mountain. The local adaptive snow sports organization hosted the event along with support of the Mount Washington Alpine Resort that supplied space and equipment. Several other organizations, including the Filberg Centre, the Legion and our local curling club made the week complete.
My job was as group leader for the beginner skiers. This involved 5 vets, 8 instructors and me. The instructor's job was to make the vets' visit enjoyable and to teach them how to ski.
It is obvious that these soldiers come from a difficult time. Their strength of character and ability to move forward is impressive and commands our respect. It was a privilege working at creating a week for them to enjoy. One comment on the last 2 days "Where else can you go skiing, golfing and curling in the middle of February!"
Because I am new to the VISAS, Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports, I was unaware that this annual event is the most popular of the season. I totally agree. The vets were fun loving, appreciative and a joy to work with and I look forward to their return next year.