The Aberdeen building, home of the Agassiz-Harrison Observer. (Photo/Adam Louis)

The Aberdeen building, home of the Agassiz-Harrison Observer. (Photo/Adam Louis)

LOUIS: Onward and upward, into 2023

2022 is all but in the books, and a lot has happened in Agassiz-Harrison.

For one, we had our municipal election this year. We saw some significant changes in the Harrison Hot Springs government with two newer faces on council and a new mayor. The people of the District of Kent spoke loud and clear as well, wanting more of the same with every incumbent re-elected.

We’re seeing more apparent effects of climate change with record highs and record lows and a wildfire season that lasted until nearly the end of the year. Conversely, there have been greener changes throughout the year with Harrison’s council fighting to keep the old trees in Rendall Park from being cut down in favour of housing developments. The Miami River Streamkeepers and Earthwise Agassiz are quick to alert me of any new conservation efforts and updates. The steps we’re making as a small community are important and do not go unnoticed.

We saw the return of several beloved events this year, and it’s been my pleasure to be part of all of them. After two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Agassiz-Harrison saw the Harrison Festival of the Arts return to its traditional form. Sasquatch Days drew hundreds of people to Harrison Lake to celebrate Sts’ailes and First Nations culture. The Agassiz Fall Fair was the biggest it’s been in several years, and this year’s Corn Festival had a historical first – the crowning of a Corn King and Corn Queen in the same year. The CP Holiday Train’s arrival in Agassiz did not disappoint, and hundreds of people braved the cold and the rain to see the dazzling display of lights and catch some holiday-themed music acts.

Agassiz-Harrison saw its fair share of filming as it continues to be a mainstay of Hollywood North. “Godzilla and the Titans” was seen out in Harrison, as was “Buddy Games 2.” In Agassiz, “Big Sky River” transformed the town into a small Montana metropolis with The Observer’s office acting as a sheriff’s station for the day.

On a personal note, my life has taken a significant change for the better when my son, Zack, was born in late March. He was born with a moderate congenital heart condition and required many trips back and forth to B.C. Children’s Hospital in the first few months. He’s had his first major open-heart surgery and I’m happy to say he’ll be nine months old by the time this edition comes out and he’s a happy, healthy little boy. Though it’s easily been one of most stressful years of my life to date because of the obstacles our little family has faced, I’ve learned so much and because of him, it’s also been one of the most joyous years I’ve known.

Of the 2020s so far, I think I like 2022 the best, for several reasons. 2023 is just ahead. While the issues with which we wrestle will drag us into the new year, so, too, will the presence of hope, optimism and excitement for what 2023 will bring.

The new year, like life itself, is what you make it, so why not make it good? I’ll see you in 2023, Agassiz-Harrison.


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