Mahood Lake Community Society members brush up on their CPR skills

Community news happening around the Canim Lake area of the South Cariboo

Phil Simms readied the barbecue to feed the crowd at the Mahood Falls Community Society’s recent fall meeting. The group discussed forestry and roads

Phil Simms readied the barbecue to feed the crowd at the Mahood Falls Community Society’s recent fall meeting. The group discussed forestry and roads

Sixteen members of the Mahood Falls Community Society (MFCS) were in Forest Grove recently to learn the latest in CPR from Margo Wagner, the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s (FGVFD) first responder instructor.

The folks in the Mahood area know it takes time for help to reach them and want to be ready in case a neighbour or someone at the nearby provincial park suffers cardiac arrest or choking.

Society president Carol MacKenzie said the session was “excellent.”  “Margo did a good review of anatomy and physiology, and then we had hands-on practice.”

Margo was assisted by Sheila Hart, also a first responder trainer with the fire department. They got a lot of help from Resusci-Anne, the life-like dummy used to make sure the responder has placed his or her hands properly and is using the right pressure.

Afterwards everyone retired to the Legion, which prepared food especially for the group. Carol thanks the FGVFD for making its training facility and personnel available.

Firefighters thanked

With National Fire Prevention Week just past, it’s a good time to thank those who protect the community from fire – a difficult, dangerous task that never takes a holiday.

It requires great commitment to do that, and we are grateful to you.

The Hawkins Lake Volunteer Fire Department members are chief Bob Campbell, deputy chief Dale McWilliams, and firefighters Chris Adams, Tom Cotey, Kirk Fetevens, Doug Magaw, Philip McManamon, Doug Stark, Greg Stewart, John Van Osch, Tim Wasilieff and Scott Whitecross.

Thanks also to the FGVFD, which covers much of the Canim Lake area.

MFCS meeting

About 25 residents attended the recent fall meeting of the society at the home of Phil and Sharron Simms.

Seated comfortably on the lawn by the lake, the group moved quickly through its agenda under the able hand of president Carol MacKenzie.  Reports were received from the forestry and roads committees, enabling discussion by the group of current concerns. The society receives a great deal of co-operation from industry and government in return for their even-handed approach to issues.

It was decided to purchase the equipment necessary for members to regularly measure the lake’s turbidity to help ensure the high quality of the water stays that way.

Then, as is the custom, food appeared from every angle to be laid out in profusion, Phil threw the steaks on the barbecue, and folks got down to the real reason for the meeting.

UBCM success

Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Area H Director Margo Wagner scored a major gain for tourism resort operators at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) meeting in September.

She succeeded in having the CRD advance a resolution calling for amendments to provincial legislation to lighten the rural resort operators’ tax burden, which has been growing to impossible proportions. Motions with the same intent have been defeated at the last two annual UBCM meetings.

This year, armed with data from local resorts, and aided by her fellow CRD directors, Margo mounted a vigorous lobbying campaign among other municipalities.  Her prodigious efforts led to the resolution being endorsed.

The UBCM will now advance the resolution to the provincial government. For more information, check Resolution B139 Rural Tourism Assessment on the UBCM website at

62nd anniversary

Ray and Marion Dixon celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 29.

For the last 35 years, the couple has spent their summer at Hawkins Lake.

The firefighters eagerly watch for their coming. Living directly across the road from the fire hall, Marion and Ray have taken it upon themselves to make snacks for the men after their Saturday practices, and on Sept. 29, it was pizza.

That’s all for now. Until next time here’s wishing you many blessings.