LETTER: The magic of PLAY! from a grandparent’s perspective

From reader Bill McDonnell

Re: “Finding fall colours in the past and present of Nelson’s facilities,” Nov. 17

Grandparenting allows one to observe parents and kids from a distance — somewhat from the perimeter relative to the centre of family life. In retrospect, I wonder how we stick-handled our way through the activities of four sports-minded daughters, teaching careers, coaching and life in general. Adaptability became a necessary attribute.

Recent activities presented a reflection on those times. During discussions on the proposed Civic Centre upgrades, I recalled the efforts of 1935 civic leaders and citizens meeting an incredible community need during challenging times, which continues providing community service for 87 years.

Last month, the Nelson Minor Hockey Association hosted its second of six annual tournaments. Including Nelson, nine under-11 teams, coaches, parents and grandparents descended on our fair city to compete in 20 games over three days. The environment in both the NDCC and Civic Arena was electric. Results were recorded but more importantly, the fun, joy, excitement, cheering, and encouragement both on and off the playing surface was priceless. From a grandparent’s perspective it was endearing to observe the energy of all and the volunteerism that allows such events to occur, resulting in community pride and future memories.

In addition to the tournament, volunteers were offering power skating on Friday, two Saturday practices, while U13, U15 and U18 Nelson teams played in rinks from Trail to Kamloops.

To fully appreciate the scope of a monthly commitment by volunteers in order for kids to enjoy the opportunity to play, I invite readers to visit the Nelson Minor Hockey Association website and view its December schedules.

Bill McDonnell


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