What a year.

For our annual ‘Year in Review’ edition, I feel like we could have just typed ‘COVID” on a series of otherwise blank pages and it would have been justifiable.

Instead, we chose to take a more positive approach. While the coronavirus has certainly been what Time Magazine would call the ‘Person of the Year’, Merrittonians have seen plenty of positive stories over the past twelve months, whether related to COVID-19 or not.

I’d like to shed light here on some of our more positive stories that we weren’t able to fit in this week’s edition:

Just weeks ago, we had an anonymous Christmas elf hiding presents around town. Remember the llama that ran astray in Collettville in November, before returning safely home? That was fun. Those walking the main streets on June 22 may have seen the ‘wheelchair gang’ ripping around on one of their usual group rides. A large group, mostly consisting of high school students, took to the streets around city hall in June as well in a show of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement.  Darius Sam may have raised the most money for the Nicola Valley Food Bank this year, but he was certainly not the only one: a pair of silviculture companies raised close to $5,000 for the food bank. Highland Valley Copper donated $15,000. Cheques also came in from the Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie campaign, WorkBC, the Comfort Inn, local families, and more.

So as we wave goodbye to 2020, bring it on, 2021. Let’s continue to shine some light on what is otherwise a dim and challenging time.