Prince Albert Voice
Last week in The Shopper I wrote about my reflections on winter in our community - about the fun side of it. And there are many of them. As much as I like to believe we should all individually take the steps to be as prepared as possible, I also believe the social creatures we are need to rely on each other now and then to keep our communities healthy and achieving excellence. As I write this, I am a couple of days out from the trapping course I am hosting at Northern Elite Firearms and offering to people within the community.
It snowed a few days ago and the ground is covered and I love it! There are so many fun activities and things to do during the winter - let’s face it - we all must find something to love about winter here in Prince Albert or else it becomes dreadfully long. Before we discuss all the fun things about the cold, however, I challenge whoever reads this to think about your preparedness for the long winter ahead of us. The cold, the ice, the slippery roads, the frozen hands. How do you prepare for six months of the cold do you say? Please bear with me as I explain some of the basics from my perspective . . . and I don’t mean hibernate (although that may work perfectly fine for some people).
There's an interesting story behind almost everything we see and if you follow my social media page you know I see a lot of different things on my journey. Recently, if your adventures bring you through the doors of our local community arena, the Art Hauser Centre, you've likely spotted the more than lifesize picture of the Prince Albert Raiders on those big west-facing windows. You know - the Prince Albert Raiders, champions of the 2018-2019 Western Hockey League? That picture is monumental for our city. The image captures a moment when a team of young men stood together and celebrated a victory they trained their lives for; that fraction of time where a city stood proud and thousands of fans celebrated accomplishment and legacy; a single moment captured by one single lens.
It's been over a year since I left my career with the Correctional Service of Canada. I've had many high moments throughout the course of this year and I can't say with any certainty that I miss the place but what I can say is working with criminals in such a dark and timeless environment for so long lead me to a place in my mind that was very difficult to leave which is why I actively sought ways to literally get out of jail. In as much as I would like to agree that a penitentiary is very much about time; my experience was quite the opposite. Time stood still. Life outside the walls goes on - change comes and goes like the seasons - but inside it's a very different world where change means resistance and potential for violence. It did a number on my mental health and I knew it was time to go.
Today, as I sit and reflect on my son's 16th birthday and the city-wide power outage, I was reminded of a friend who pointed out a very humorous but serious story about the driving conditions at intersections when there are no traffic lights to direct traffic. Herein lies a good teachable moment.