It’s good to be back.
For those who don’t recognize me, I was the editor here before Jessica Peters took over. I loved my job: learning something new every day, meeting interesting people and having the privilege of sharing their stories. I enjoyed the challenge of fitting an incredibly active little pocket of the Fraser Valley into a weekly paper.
But my husband and I found an opportunity for adventure and took it, quitting our jobs to travel the world and write a book on behalf of a nonprofit organization based in Chilliwack. Our plan was to finish the project then return to our chosen fields of work. However, when the dust settled and the suitcases were unpacked, we decided to start a family instead.
For the past four years, I’ve had experience out of the newsroom that should be advantageous for this job. I’ve seen high speed chases in the living room and search and rescue operations for a beloved stuffie. I’ve been in the front row for dramatic productions put on by tired toddlers and sports coverage by budding young athletes. Every day, I explain how things works, face hostile negotiations and capture joy-filled moments.
So here I am, six years later with a published book and two children, back where I was before. In less than a week, I have caught up with some familiar faces and met some new ones. I have been late for an Agassiz presentation, sat through a Harrison meeting, listened in awe at the Christmas Carols concert and even met Santa Claus.
I love that, while some things might have changed, what has stayed the same is what matters. The Christmas carol concert was a testament to the closeness found in this community. Neighbours and friends stood on stage together singing songs of good cheer. Local students bravely stood in front of hundreds of people, entertaining the audience with well-rehearsed songs. And the giving heart of the community showed through with more than $1,500 raised for Agassiz-Harrison Community Services. And as I sat there, seeing old and new faces joined in harmony, I felt blessed I get to be a part of all this.
So stop in and say hello. Give me a call or email to let me know what’s happening, pass along information or just to say hi. I’d love to hear from you. And hopefully, you’ll love hearing from me too as I share the stories that matter to you.