Christmas 2013

Christmas Morning 2013

What a huge success and a great day it was!  I was very proud to be the administrator of such an amazing school.

After a great story on Christmas Eve by the Vancouver Province, our attendance and number of volunteers were both up, and the excitement of being in the news fueled everyone's energy even more than usual.  We had a great team of regular volunteers and new ones that all did a fantastic job and Ray made a video that you can see on youtube by clicking this link.

The Vancouver Sun sent a photographer and reporter who joined us for most of the event, talking to everyone and really getting to know them, and joining the festivities.  Larry and Ward managed to make everyone feel relaxed about having press around, and just added to the atmosphere.  Global TV also joined the event, capturing treasured moments on video and putting together a news story that really reflected the event and the atmosphere.  The Province article was on p. 13 on the 24th, the Sun had a front page,  full color photo from the event (one of our students with a volunteer), and a great article on p. A 17.  Global featured us on News Hour Final, and multiple times on their BC1 news channel. 

Here are the links I know about to the online versions, and will try to add them as I can get them.  Please let me know if I have missed anything.

December 24 Province Online http://www.theprovince.com/life/Elderly+Agassiz+meet+Santa/9320815/story.html

December 25 Sun Online (Click on the photos tab above the video for great photos)
http://www.vancouversun.com/Agassiz+Christmas+party+pulls+community+together+with+video/9323457/story.html

December 25 The Province Online (Click on photos tab above the picture for great photos) 
http://www.theprovince.com/Agassiz+students+give+back+their+community+annual+Christmas+breakfast+Legion/9323560/story.html

December 25-26 Global and BC1

http://globalnews.ca/news/1050405/at-risk-youth-holds-christmas-brunch-for-seniors/

December 25 Montreal Gazette

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sandy+Balascak+Agassiz+Centre+Education+talks+seniors+gathered+breakfast+Legion+Area+seniors+breakfast+visit+from+Santa/9323570/story.html

December 25 canada.com

http://www.canada.com/Agassiz+students+give+back+their+community+annual+Christmas+breakfast+Legion/9323560/story.html

December 24 Chilliwack Times

http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/news/former-bad-students-become-good-santas-at-agassiz-christmas-breakfast-1.770208

December 25 Calgary Herald

http://www.calgaryherald.com/Lesley+Ward+Justin+Sandar+prepare+breakfast+Agassiz+Legion+seniors+breakfast+Agassiz+Centre+Education+puts+breakfast/9323562/story.html

December 25 Edmonton Journal

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Agassiz+Christmas/9323541/story.html

 

Supporters

As always, this event would not be possible without the support of the community.  The Legion gives us a place to hold the event and Roy Wright had to open it at 6 am, A & W supplies all of the ingredients for the food, the Harrison Beach Hotel always provides the free rooms for the team on Christmas Eve so we can be at the Legion by 6 am, and Lesley Ward, Justin Sandar, Amanda Sandar, Eunice Royle, Tessa Kucheran, Claire Skurrey-Cradock, Ray Steigvilas, and myself are regular volunteers.  There is a huge list of other volunteers and donors, without whom this event would not be possible.

 

Christmas Poster

A & R Country Cellars
A & W
ACE Staff and Students
Agassiz Barber Shop
Agassiz Flower Shop
Agassiz Legion
Agassiz Library
Agassiz Post Office
Agassiz Produce
Agassiz Thrift Store
Agassiz Video Station
Back Porch Roaster
Penny Ball
Janet Chalmers and Roger
Dragon Fried Rice
Goli's Salon
Harrison Beach Hotel
Heritage Coffee House

Jack's Restaurant
Jimmy's Bar and Grill

Bonnie and Jim Johnson
Ron and Ann Johnstone
Zoltan Kiss
Ledoux Hardware
Lordco
Monster Ink Tattoo
Modern Tire
The Observer
Remax Realty
Silver Leaf Gifts
Subway
Super Valu
Denise Scaroborough
Terrill Scott
Trinkets and Treasures
Marilyn and Ron Warren