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By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle, April 30 2021

Generally Port McNeill is an exceedingly safe place to live, says RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Curtis Davis.

“This is still a town where people can leave their doors unlocked and their cars unlocked and all those sorts of things and never have to worry about it which is great,” Davis said.

However, when something does happen people have a habit of posting things to social media rather than phoning the Mounties.

“It’s been my experience here, as well as in other towns, that when something does happen everybody knows about it very quickly, but they know about it via Facebook which we are not always made aware of right away,” he said.

“Thankfully, I’ve got two very excellent office employees who seem to monitor that quite religiously and they make us aware of these things,” Davis said.

“But when somebody sees an impaired driver or somebody going through their neighbour’s car in the middle of the night, it is better to call 911 than simply post on Facebook.”

In addition to Crime Stoppers, there is a new way to report incidents.

On the Town of Port McNeill’s website under the residents’ tab, click on Emergency Services. That link takes you to the public RCMP site where Online Crime Reporting is located. Click on it and then follow the prompts.

“This is new to the British Columbia RCMP and certainly new to the Port McNeill RCMP detachment,” Davis said.

 

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Photo — Zoom Screenshot

Port McNeill RCMP Sgt. Curtis Davis spoke to Town of Port McNeill council via Zoom on April 27.

Mother Goose gets creative during pandemic

 By Trish Weatherall, North Island Eagle, May 7 2021

r Goose on-the-Go a free family literacy program of storytelling, crafts, songs and rhymes, has participation levels of about 1,700 children and 1,200 adults in North Vancouver Island communities. 

During the past pandemic year, with libraries closed and in-person events restricted, Kelly Anderson, the Mother Goose on-the-Go Coordinator for the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society (MWFLS), had to find innovative ways to support early literacy – and to support the part-time Mother Geese workers. 

She was able to provide some small relief payments funded by MWFLS and then tackled some new projects. 

“It was a purposeful year behind the scenes, from redoing our resource manuals to volunteering with other initiatives and trying out virtual storytelling sessions.”

One long-time Mother Goose kept busy by updating the Mother Goose manuals of rhymes, songs, and stories, and created felt board kits to aid storytelling. 

Kelly also coordinated two Mother Geese to read stories on Facebook Live over the 2020 Christmas holidays as an experiment; and then created a Mount Waddington Mother Goose YouTube channel in February with videos of local Mother Geese reading books and talking to and asking the viewer questions. Parents and young children can follow along together and respond. 

One story, The Little Red Hen, is read in braille by a local Mother Goose, Dora Speck, who has low vision. It is a great opportunity for children to learn about and accept different abilities and a fun part-time job for Dora.

“She was so excited when she received her braille books last year,” Kelly says of Dora. “Our audience has given her compliments and congratulations a-plenty!” 

Also in progress is the Born to Read program at the Port McNeill public health office, in partnership with the Port McNeill Rotary Club and PacificCare. At a toddler’s 18-month immunization, they receive a bag with a pair of books. 

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Photo — Kelly Anderson

Mother Goose On the Go coordinator Kelly Anderson and her sons Finn (3.5 years) and Arlow (1.5 years) practise a round of “Simon says fill your discovery bucket!” - one of the activities planned for outdoor Mother Goose Sessions this summer.