Letters to the editor for the week of January 3rd 

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This is a thank-you letter to my angels that day, I am forever indebted to you. I hope they read these words to know how truly grateful I am. Also, I hope others read these words and can learn from my mistake. Never go past out-of-bounds markers, they are there for a reason. Never follow someone else's tracks — chances are they don't know where they're going either. Never drop in the south side (skier's right) of Matthew's Traverse from Peak Express, this will take you into the Cakehole and may cost you your life.

Lastly, believe in a higher power. Angels are metaphors for the kind strangers that cross our path when we least expect it. We are all someone else's angel.

Kenny Talpa

Calgary, AB

Pemberton & District Public Library loses its leader

I am saddened to hear that Shannon Didier has decided to leave her post as director of the Pemberton & District Public Library.

Though I am personally pleased to see her take on new directions and new challenges, this move is without a doubt a loss for the community. Shannon took over as director five years ago; she helped keep it running under difficult circumstances in the temporary set-up at the old community centre, and was ultimately an instrumental and driving force when it came time to establishing it in the "new" community centre.

With the support of a strong core staff and the Friends of the Library, Shannon did not simply set up a new location for people to rent books, she created a place where the community gathers and learns. She helped build an environment where kids through to seniors feel at ease, stimulated and connected to each other. A place where people come to exchange and discover new ideas.

Shannon has brought in wonderful speakers and organized presentations and programs that one doesn't often see in the average small town, all on a very tight budget.

The library has become a safe haven for our kids, and for community members of all ages for that matter. It is a place where they can, not only discover the wonders of reading, but also engage in meaningful interaction with their neighbours, participate in the widest array of activities and explore new ideas.

The Pemberton & District Public Library is truly a special place, as well as the hub of our crazy little town and much of this can be attributed to the hard work and broad vision of Shannon Didier.

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