Canada Day hero

On Canada Day, the stage was ready for Legendary Lake Monsters and a few people had started to gather for the 7:30 p.m. start of this great band’s music. I arrived at the DND grounds at around 7.p.m. to help set up for the Sutton movie on the big screen.

The hero of our story, Terry Schmauder, trotted over to greet a few of the “free popcorn” makers.  Sweat-stained and clearly thinking of 20 different things, he took the time to shake our hands, thank us for coming and proceeded to give instructions on how the popcorn maker worked and where extra supplies were.

Over he went then to the Kiss FM booth to help them sort out how to broadcast the music for the fireworks.  A final check of the band stage and conferring with Big Screen Fun movie set-up people, he was off to liaison with the crew doing the fireworks up by Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

One of the band members said it best as they finished their gig,  “He’ll be sure to thank everyone else involved with putting on this incredible night, but this event was almost single-handedly managed by Terry Schmauder.”  And we all applauded.  From what I heard, Terry was not only the moving force on the ground, but had spearheaded all of the fundraising from the generous sponsors to have the best fireworks Vernon has ever seen.

No great events happen without someone carrying the day.  So, thank you, Terry, from your community, for a fine event, a free event, enjoyed by thousands to celebrate our country’s 147th.


Beth Marks




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