Dear community of Ponoka:
As many of you know, I have retired from Ponoka Community Christmas. I encourage each of you to care, love one another, support each other and participate with Ponoka Community Christmas.
Embrace change, life is full of change and this is good. Perhaps you can reach out to others at the dinner and encourage others to come home with you and continue the day. Let’s not leave out anyone or send anyone home to sit alone. Reach out in love (as I know Ponoka has lots of). Be kind to one another and do not wait for someone to let you know they are going home alone, listen to each other and meet the needs of one another.
Throughout the year I hope you will continue listening to your community’s heartbeat and spend time with your family, friends and community. Invite someone to your home or out for coffee, spend heart time with one another. Take a few minutes in the grocery store to greet the person beside you in line and enquire how they are. Who knows it may add a thread of hope or drop of joy in their life and it may just enlighten and lift yours as well.
Thank you Ponoka for all your love and support throughout the years. It was an honour to have been a small part of your community.