#abflood, Farewells & the Future

June 28 2013 016As I prep for departure to Vancouver Island for a short holiday before getting to the Canadian School Boards Association annual conference in Vancouver next Thursday, this image of running on empty best suits my frame of mind. The last few weeks have been very busy with a variety of events and occurrences  – and then arrived the flood. While we remained “high and damp”, as my husband said, I was not unaffected by anxiety as we watched the Bow River – a mere two blocks away – rise and rise and rise, fasterandfasterandfaster until it finally crested and the danger was past. Many in our circle were hit by the flood; it was impossible not to want to do, to help. We took in a “refugee” from Exshaw and were glad to have her; we were thrilled to reunite her with her family, once conditions improved. I want to commend Canadian Rockies Public Schools staff and Superintendent Chris MacPhee for their performance during the flood.

Below is a pastiche of images. I am, frankly, almost dumbstruck – still processing the images of the last 10 days: the contrast and intensity of the experiences: the courage, resilience and solidarity of the Exshaw residents, the power of water + topography, the gamut of emotion from fear to elation… I am so welcoming the holidays. Last night I was delighted to attend the Banff Grad…the bracket on the leading edge was the Exshaw Grade Eight Farewell (thrilled that all the students have opted to go to Canmore Collegiate High School). Another year done…looking to 2013- 2014.

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The Canadian Rockies Public Schools bus yard Thursday, June 20 morning


Aboriginal Day celebrations at the Banff Centre – a collaboration between Exshaw and Banff Elementary School had to be cancelled.

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Do we have diversity in our schools? I think we do. #apictureisworth1000words

TCH before n  after

This picture is not mine – if I knew whose it was, I’d give credit where credit is due! Let me know if you know.

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Our Exshaw School sheltered residents from the storm. So proud we could help…humbled by the stories and selfless generosity witnessed in the past week.

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Not a week after the highway fell away – all filled in and paving is happening. Mind-boggling! #pitterpattergetather

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Puddles appeared and quickly became ponds.

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The Bow rose even higher than this, but this is the last picture I took.

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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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