Some good people here

Mar 19 • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments on Some good people here

Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes made a stop at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham on Sunday evening as part of Bell Let’s Talk’s Clara’s Big Ride initiative to continue the discussion around mental health. Hughes, opened up about her own personal battles with clinical depression and hopes her 12,000 km journey cycling across Canada will connect Canadians on the journey to erasing stigma.

Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes made a stop at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham on Sunday evening as part of Bell Let’s Talk’s Clara’s Big Ride initiative to continue the discussion around mental health. Hughes was very impressed with the turnout.

The last few days have shown that Chatham-Kent residents know how to take care of each other inside and out.

A crowd of 850 showed up at the Bradley Convention Centre Sunday night to hear six-time Olympian Clara Hughes talk about ending the stigma of mental illness.

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She was amazed at the size of the crowd. We believe it shows the growth of our community.

Society’s attitude needs to change on this subject as it has on other issues such as smoking and impaired driving. It’s nice to be on the forefront of that change.

The final storm of the winter last week (it has to be, spring is here) demonstrated a different kind of help.

It seems the worst in weather brings out the best in us.

Foremost among these was Mike Andrews who kept his Highway 40 restaurant open even after the OPP ordered the road closed.

Andrews ended up hosting two-dozen people who found refuge after their cars went off the road due to the whiteout. With the aid of police and a Good Samaritan from Petrolia who refused to give anyone his name, people and their vehicles were taken to safety, with two even spending the night.

It wasn’t the only such example.

Everywhere you went, there were people pushing cars out of drifts and helping clear neighbours’ driveways.

Snowplow and tow truck drivers did a great job, as did police – although by Friday you could tell police were becoming more than a little agitated with having to write charges for careless driving and using handheld devices.

Lambton OPP even had to remind motorists to turn on their lights as they instituted a slow-down where they led motorists down the highway like preschoolers’ holding hands on an outing.

It’s unfortunate that for the selfish, anything that interferes with their interests is an annoyance, even the safety of others.

At least they make everyone else look better by comparison.

Ida Thomas, Mike Andrews and Sylvia Lackie share coffee and talk about the massive storm which left the women stranded at Andres’ restaurant overnight Wednesday.

Ida Thomas, Mike Andrews and Sylvia Lackie share coffee and talk about the massive storm which left the women stranded at Andres’ restaurant overnight Wednesday.

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