Letters to the Editor 

From Ben and Josh's parents, good-bye and thanks

Canada Day away

It is 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1 st , 2006, Canada Day. The Canada Day Parade in Whistler is underway without me. Instead I am in my newly established store, Great Games & Toys II located in the quaint and charming summer resort of Gananoque, Ont. It is located on the St. Lawrence River in the middle of the Thousand Islands.

I have no Canada Day parade to attend so I find myself fondly remembering my last 20 years in Whistler. I miss the privilege of leading the Parade in my Mr. Canada costume. I regret I will not be able to hand out toys and stamp the children with "Made in Canada" stickers. In 1991 I began walking in the Canada Day Parade to show my pride in our great country. Having traveled the 4,800 km across Canada from Whistler to Gananoque I have an even greater appreciation for this multi-cultural nation we live in.

While Kathy, Grace and I no longer live in Whistler, we still own Great Games & Toys. I am selfishly requesting that you continue to frequent my store in Marketplace and buy lots of toys and then I can come back to Whistler and visit with you, and write it off as a business expense. "Right Dave?"

I am asking you all to be my eyes and ears in Whistler, and I am inviting you to share your Canada Day memories.

Please drop off your comments, stories, and photos of Canada Day at Great Games & Toys to be displayed in the store and receive a free toy. On B.C. Day Aug. 7 th , 2006 prizes will be awarded.

Thank you my friends for your generosity as we prepare to begin our journey. My heart will always reside in Whistler.

Steve Henderson

Gananoque, Ont.

A relay to remember

RE: Relay for Life

Many thanks to Tamsyn Morote, Relay for Life Coordinator, North Shore and Squamish, for a fabulous event Friday, June 23rd.

Thanks to all the volunteers and other participants in this year's Relay for Life over $94 000 was raised in our area for the Canadian Cancer Society! Forty-two teams were on site from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the 2nd annual fundraiser in Squamish. We all enjoyed the great live entertainment and movies shown on the big screen.

Susan Holden, your song was very touching and inspirational. The luminaries in honour and in memory of loved ones gave us all a chance to reflect on those we have loved and lost, or who are battling the disease. It was a great night, for a fantastic cause and the weather co-operated nicely.

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