Greetings to all our members!

As I write this message, Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, has advised that unfortunately the second wave of the Covid-19 virus is upon us, along with the rest of the world. It is indeed difficult not to be discouraged by this news, as the past nine months have been exhausting for so many of us struggling under what is now frequently termed the new normal.

None of us knows exactly what the coming months will bring but personally I take heart in looking forward to the holiday season. No matter what our religious affiliations may be, I believe we can all take comfort and joy in all the good will that one feels and sees during the Diwali celebrations which are held on November 14th, Hanukkah which will be celebrated from December 10th to 18th and Christmas on December 25th.
These yearly celebrations bring families together, even though this year, there will be no large family dinners, we can turn to technology to see each other and experience a virtual meal. One of my favourite family traditions is making my Grandmother’s cookies (recipe attached), although I am guessing this year that I may not make so many, as I will be the only one in my house enjoying them. However, I can take special joy in the fact that I know my grandchildren far away in Australia will be continuing this family tradition by making them as well.

Of late, I feel that BCAHA has become part of my extended family as during Covid-19, I seem to be spending even more time with my fellow volunteers at the Thrift Store or on Zoom meetings which has succeeded in easing some of the restrictive challenges posed by this pandemic.
I believe that most of us will be happy to close the door on 2020, and for years to come, I am sure we will all talk about the emotional effects, the sacrifices made and how we as individuals coped with it all. On the positive side, we can remember all the happy occasions that the year brought, the new babies, the graduations, the weddings, the beauty of our backyard gardens, the success of our first Zoom meetings, and, of course, all those extra walks with the dog.

My cousin says everyday should have a little adventure, so I try to keep that in mind. As we say farewell to 2020, it is my fervent hope that we all can look forward to new adventures with renewed hope, enthusiasm and optimism. Happy New Year!


Diane Thornton