It has been one year since the District of Sechelt forced 24 people aged 10 to 80 years from our homes. On this anniversary, rather than focusing on the grief and anger, we would prefer to remember the light that shone through the darkness: the hundreds of people from the Sunshine Coast Community who came to our rescue.
We would like to thank those who donated boxes and packing supplies, those who helped us pack our belongings and the strong people who moved those belongings. We would like to thank those who gave us safe storage and looked after our children and our pets. Thank you to those who brought us food and comforted us with a smile, a hug and a shoulder to cry on.
We also thank those who removed the snow and barricades, those who brought ATVs, trucks and trailers, and those who provided us shelter while we tried to find a more permanent place to live. Thank you to those who organized fundraisers, donated money and prayed for us. Also those who used social media to help find the volunteers and give us support.
So many of you played a part, large or small, in helping us to make it through that very dark week and the weeks that have followed. As we watch our neighbourhood turn into a ghost town, we are comforted by this wonderful community. We will always hold you in our hearts.
Irene and Kevin Pickell, Sechelt