Artwork & Photo by Wendy Marie Bush

Yikes! My last post was over a month ago? I was going to post on the 21st of February or so, but hubby’s heart att-ack-ack-ack-ack (Jim’s a big Billy Joel fan) on the 20th changed my priorities somewhat. He is recuperating nicely. Calls himself “stentman”. So… I am reflecting: how do we move forward? How do we THRIVE? Change is not easy but we both have quite spectacular motivation now.

We all think we want to be “happy”, to find the secret of happiness. I believe what we really want is to thrive. “Failure to thrive” is a medical term for children and the elderly, a veterinary term for young animals and the term is also used in horticulture. It means wasting away, not growing and developing – the antithesis of what we want from our education system. We want our schools to thrive so our children can grow to blossom into the very best individuals they can be.

In order to thrive, all life needs to be more than just sustained by adequate resources. Want that Amaryllis to really burst into flower? Want those puppies to be fat, happy and sassy? Want your children to love life, to be healthy, strong and here –  in the now? Then  furnish more than just the “basics”; add concentrated  love and focused attention.

So as the provincial government passes this budget and then goes into the election, please inform yourselves so you can call on the politicians to ensure the whole education system thrives. Equity in funding is required to guarantee equity of access. Choking off adequate dollars will result in stunted and weak schools… and unsatisfactory student outcomes. It will be inevitable.

Unofficial Ribbon Cutting: Kim Bater, Brian Callaghan, Ken Riordon. So happy to see the new home for this facility.

There is a lot more news – the Board is only waiting on Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk‘s signature on the paperwork to announce the successful candidate to step into Mr. Callaghan’s big boots Update: Letter is signed! Announcement will be made today; the new Canmore Daycare had its unofficial opening at its new site –

Kids play in new empty daycare: "We can run!"

next door to the Canmore Middle School; the next three year-calendar cycle will be on the website tomorrow – the board passes it tonight. And I have a ton of reading and websites to share…

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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