Letters to the Editor: August 25

Trip by ambulance; For the love of the game; Choosing children's activities

By ambulance

In May, 2014, I had a massive heart attack. I was transported by ambulance Code 3 from Cranbrook to the Intensive Care Unit in Calgary’s Foothills Hospital.

During the trip, the crew was notified by phone with instructions to transfer me to another ambulance with another crew, close to the Alberta border. The three phone calls were conducted quietly, but still very upsetting to me.

The outcome was two drivers were exchanged for the new drivers, and the two paramedics from Cranbrook remained in the Cranbrook ambulance with me. I was very relieved when they stayed.

This practice of exchanging ambulance and crew was devised to save money. This policy must change, as it is the last thing you want when you are sick and in a vulnerable state. Very upsetting.

Thank you to the two paramedics for standing their ground to stay with me. They got me to Calgary safely. I felt valued.

B. McKay/Cranbrook

Love of the game

I would like to thank Bob Johnstone for his support of the Annual Julyfest soccer tournament. We very much appreciate this and enjoy seeing Bob and many other local soccer players, retired and otherwise, throughout the course of the weekend tournament.

Both Terry Ross and I were mentioned in Bob’s letter as organizers, and I feel it would be remiss not take the opportunity to mention the others that are an integral part of the committee. Jeff Bates of Kimberley, Dave White of Cranbrook, and Dave Stasiak of Calgary are three fine individuals whom devote a great amount of time and effort to the event.

We are also very fortunate to be sponsored by Kimberley Lodging Co, Runners RV, Marysville Pub and Grill, and Breeze Media.

The main impetus behind the tournament is our collective love of the game, and our desire to give back, to facilitate the enjoyment of soccer by others. We have loved playing the soccer, and the community that you become part of when you are involved. This tournament is a celebration of this as much as anything. Any added financial benefit to the region is considered a bonus by us.

We are fortunate enough to be able to return some of that financial windfall directly to the community, with over three thousand dollars donated to the Kimberley food bank, and a similar amount gifted to Selkirk Secondary Students through the form of a scholarship, all within the last three years.

A big thanks to all that have supported our efforts through the years, and we look forward seeing many of you again through the years to come.

Yours in sport; Simon Davidson

Activity choices

Registering and scheduling activities for children is on every parent’s To Do List at this time of year. There are many choices in our area, and many things to consider. Yearly costs, amount of lesson time/practice time required, how busy do you want your young children to be, and most importantly how will the activity affect them this year and in the future?

Are you looking more for short-term fun or long-term skills and benefits? What is the best age to begin each activity?

Three to seven years of age is prime time to start music lessons. Some sporting activities are better to begin a little older. It is important that parents investigate all the options and be aware of any extra essentials along the way (tournament fees, travel costs, uniform or supply costs, etc.) How long is the lesson, practice or game? Are parents required to stay, participate or volunteer through the year?

Investigate the instructor’s certification — do they have teaching qualifications beyond being proficient at their skill? For young children especially, the teacher’s experience, qualifications and communication style is as important as the skill itself. Ask for references, talk to friends, ask about the curriculum and goals for the year, see their facility, sit in on a lesson or class, make an informed decision.

Young children are like sponges — learning choices at this time will affect their social development, success at school, emotional maturity, memory and self-esteem. There is not enough time or money to do everything, so do your research, consider your budget and all the available options to make wise choices for your young children and your family.

Wendy Guimont/Cranbrook