Signs of responsibility

Wingman or Wingwoman

On a round of recent flights across Canada, I was thinking about how easy it is to travel.

Hurtling across the country and continent in a metal tube for a day of meetings or or a special family event and then back seemed so futuristic, but it has really become the norm.

We are not sure how often you think of the brave and very talented pilots who fly us around, but we wanted to take a moment give them a heroes hurrah for earning their wings or stripes and keeping us safe day in and  day out.

Often, we take flying for granted and indeed it is very safe, but it doesn’t happen by accident; kudos to our pilots from all airlines.


We had to take a moment to thank anyone out there in the Valley who is taking the time to mentor someone. Young and old, the benefits of having a mentor are amazing.

Recently, I met a 92-year-old woman in Penticton who was mentoring a neighbour who had dementia and literally helping her learn all over again.

I also came across some elementary aged kids who had paired up in a buddy system to help each other during recess and lunch to ensure they always had someone to play with or talk to a peer. Very cool!

A sign

A huge heroes thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped take down and recycle election signs.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in mine they seemed to disappear overnight and, save for a few stragglers, it is amazing to see thousands of signs be scooped up by a dedicated team from all candidates.

I recently watched a segment about how the signs are recycled and it's nice to see that all of the signs don’t just end up in the landfill. Cheers to anyone who picked up a sign and returned it.


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About the Author

Richard James Deacon is a passionate philanthropist and volunteer and is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community. Richard has been a director on a variety of not-for-profit boards across Canada, but is most proud of his role as the founder of 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna, as a co-creator of The Ron+Clair Deacon Leaders Pay It Forward Program, being a Scouts Canada Beaver leader and coaching his son in Central Okanagan youth soccer.

Richard, his beautiful wife, MaryAnn, and their young sons, Reston and Parker, along with golden retriever Buddy live in Kettle Valley and they love to travel the planet extensively. What they love most about Kelowna is that everybody says hi to each other and it still has that small town feel.

Contact Richard at [email protected]

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