Long-time paper carrier Annabelle Stevens has been delivering flyers and papers for the Clearwater Times for 21 years now and said she’ll deliver for 20 more if able to do so. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Twenty-one years of dedicated service

“I’ll keep doing it for the next 20 years if I have to.”

For more than two decades Annabelle Stevens has dutifully fulfilled her obligations as a carrier for the Clearwater Times, often braving the elements, without missing a shift.

Her route begins at her home on Dutch Lake Road where she begins a two and a half kilometre trek before picking up her flyers and papers and starts the deliveries that take her to Azure Drive, Murtle Road, Blair Place, Murtle Crescent and Robson Place.

When asked what keeps her so dedicated to the job Stevens said simply, “Because I enjoy doing it. I look forward to delivering flyers. My favourite part, though, is meeting people and making a lot of friends along the way.”

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Stevens started the part-time delivery job on Nov. 1, 1998, and said not even rain, snow, hail or sleet can prevent her from doing her rounds, which sees her make roughly 65 stops in an hour and a half.

After picking up the flyers and newspapers she wraps them up with elastic bands and loads them into her pushcart then pounds the pavement until her appointed rounds are complete.

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Up until about two years ago, Stevens used a wheelbarrow to haul her papers, but moved up to a pushcart because it was more efficient, and was even gifted a new pair of running shoes by a friend on her route, to keep her doing her job in comfort.

“I enjoy it and I enjoy being part of the big Black Press family,” Stevens said. “I’ll keep doing it for the next 20 years if I have to.”

As for advice to others who may want to take up a paper delivery job, Stevens said, “Do it when you’re supposed to be doing it — and be on time.”


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