Ernie Black an inspiration to all

ernie Black, competing in the Fifth Street Mile on Canada Day - Terry Farrell
ernie Black, competing in the Fifth Street Mile on Canada Day
— image credit: Terry Farrell

Dear editor,

There were many wonderful sights and sounds celebrating Canada Day in the Comox Valley and kudos to all who organized local events again this year.

One particular image I will carry forward was the sight of the LAST participant crossing the finish line in the Canada Day Mile Race down 5th Street prior to the start of the parade.  He was 80+ year-old Ernie, who has Parkinson’s disease, and completed the one-mile course with the aid of cross-country ski poles.  It was a compelling, inspirational and beautiful sight! Ernie, you sent us all a message to live life to its fullest regardless of one’s limitations.  Well done and thank-you!

Hugh MacKinnon



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