Letters to the editor for the week of January 3rd 

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Joan of Arc has been the subject of plays, books and more than 20 movies. Joan had such a large impact on the world that there is now a St. Joan of Arc feast day celebrated on May 30. Even though Joan lived almost 600 years ago her life is reasonably well documented. Not only did Joan stand up for what she believed in, she reclaimed France's land, which makes her forever remembered. Joan is considered one of the greatest heroes of all time for her courage and daring.

"I am not afraid...I was born to do this" (Joan of arc 1412 -1431).

Emma Mackie

Whistler

Community steps up

Once again, the community of Whistler has come together to support those in need. These past few months, numerous individuals and businesses have shown their support of the Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) Food Bank.

WCSS would like to thank those who have taken the time and made the effort in one or all of the following ways: organizing a Food Drive, making the food bank a recipient of a staff event, donating proceeds from a club get together, donating unsold food items from a store, or making a non-perishable food item (or cash) for the food bank an entrance requirement to a party, sporting event etc. The list of supporters is extensive.

Big Thanks to Nesters, IGA, Creekside and The Grocery Store and to the many individuals and businesses who have been filling the donation bins there. With the busy season upon us and the usage at the food bank at a steady high, it is encouraging to see how the shelves at the food bank have been filling.

Many users of the food bank are seasonal workers who arrive and expect to find work quickly, but find that harder than expected, or are unable to secure full-time hours right away. There are also many locals who often find a bit of lag time between their regular summer and winter jobs and if that down time is longer than expected they need the food bank.

In both cases, individuals and families may need a bit of assistance to get through financially until their next cheque comes in.

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