Letters to the Editor

Local lifeguard buoyed by support

It was this quote that motivated me to write this letter.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward

The last 12 months have been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me as I waited to hear my fate as a lifeguard instructor at the Penticton Community Centre pool. This letter is to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the many people that have supported me over this time.

Everywhere I went people stopped and chatted with me, inquiring as to my well being. I received hugs, reassurances and so many kind words and compliments that when I think back on it I am a bit overwhelmed with emotion.

I couldn’t have asked for better support. You probably have no idea how much this meant to me and I sincerely thank you all.

I would also like to thank the great ladies I worked with on the first floor of City Hall this summer. You taught me many lessons. I got to see first hand how dedicated and professional you all are. I am glad that the citizens and visitors in our city have compassionate and caring individuals to greet them and assist them as they set up utilities, pay bills, taxes, get a business license or just find their way around the city. Lastly I would like to thank the amazing professionals at the Work Zone. The moment I stepped in the door you were friendly and helpful, when I felt down you gave me confidence in myself and pushed me forward.

Gratitude is the feeling you have when you realize that you have so much in your life. No matter what is going wrong or what you still want in your life, be grateful for what you already have. I am excited to get back to work and once again have the privilege of serving the people of Penticton.

Gwen Sander


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