I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Salvation Army kettle drive for the second time. Once again, I was heartened with the kindness shown by the citizens of Vernon. Their generosity of spirit and donations were truly remarkable. My hope for the new year is continued compassion for people from all walks of life, hope, tolerance, and understanding for those in need.
I am also very thankful that Canada has opened its doors to people who need to live in a safe place and begin a new life. They need to be given a chance to show how they can contribute to this country.