Program at church recognizes those who make a difference

Members of the Vavenby Christian Church congregation honored in weekly program

Kelsey Rexin holds a blue chain that shows the benefits of positive words during a recent program at Vavenby Christian Church.

Vavenby Christian Church held a program that began 1 1/2 years ago and ended on Dec, 1. It was initiated by Karen Moilliet.

Each Sunday a member of the congregation – young and old – was called up and honoured by being told how he/she had made a difference in the lives of others in the church and community.

The honoured person received a card with an explanation, a blue band inscribed with the words “I Make a Difference” and two additional bands. Those bands were for that parishioner to give to someone else who had made a difference in his/her life, and the third band was passed on by that person.

The program began with a CD that brought tears to one’s eyes and ended with it. Everyone wore their band on that day. It also came to an end with the Sunday School children bringing in a blue chain that depicted how positive words could grow throughout a community and then a valley.

After the celebration there was a delicious pot luck luncheon.

Changes at Vavenby transfer site

Around 19 people attended a town meeting held in the Vavenby Primary School’s library on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4. The meeting was about the future of the town’s transfer site.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District director Tim Pennell opened the meeting and explained that there would be a change at the site. He then introduced the director of environmental services Peter Hughes, who took over.

Hughes said that the TNRD board decided it had to close some transfer sites in order to decrease costs. The number of sites have now gone from 32 to 20.

Hughes was happy to report that the Vavenby site would remain open. However, to help with costs there would have to be a decrease in hours. Vavenby residents had received surveys prior to the meeting that gave two options towards this end. Pennell will look at the completed surveys and take what the majority of residents want.

After Hughes’ talk questions were asked. One important question was where in Vavenby the Eco-cards could be purchased. The Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store sells them.

Another question was why certain items were not allowed to go to the transfer site. Hughes said that  some items, such as waste oil, batteries, tires, and electronics, are the responsibility of stewardship programs and the TNRD attempts to work with the stewardship agencies to provide services in rural areas.

The new Clearwater Eco Depot has a diversion area where these materials can be dropped off free of charge.

Overall the residents were happy that the transfer site would stay open and that they would not have to drive all the way to Clearwater just to get rid of their garbage.

New hours at the store

Vavenby General Store has new winter hours. It is open 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Incorrect web address


I would like to apologize for giving the incorrect web site for Karen Moilliet’s book in my Nov. 21 write-up. It should be



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