Constable Mike Hull, Chef Mary Frick of the Co-op deli, Corporal Chris Kienzle, and Constable Tom Baldwin of the Masset RCMP were busy on the morning of the Christmas tree lighting. Co-organized by the Haida Gwaii Co-op and the Masset RCMP, the annual Cram the Cruiser event collected $3,020 worth of food for the local food bank. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer)

Masset Magic: Christmas parties and Donna Mae’s smile

By Jana McLeod

I have always told my children that all my mistakes and the times I have fallen flat on my face were meant to be. There has always been purpose behind my screwed-up decisions or outlandish behaviour. I have tested this theory throughout my life and each supposed failure has given me some important and valuable information.

Besides learning that the RCMP always gets their man, I also know what its like to put your name out there for any kind of election. I just want to express my appreciation for all who put their name in for band appointments.

Win or lose, I for one appreciate knowing that many of our citizens are so passionate about the future. Congrats to new Chief Councillor Duffy and Richard, Cecil, Freda and John on your roles as councillors for Gaaw!

If there were a cutest worker contest in Gwaii Co-op we would all likely vote for Donna Mae! She is always smiling and visiting. If you have a baby, you will for sure meet her. She will ask to pack, cuddle, and giggle with your child. She proudly works there and keeps busy, putting away carts, bringing groceries out to vehicles and always greeting customers. Her team there loves her, and she is invited to all the staff dinners and parties. She comes from a very big and caring family who are likely just happy she is safe in her position there. If you see her make sure to tell her a joke or get in on the teasing she loves to be a part of. You’ll be happy you did — her laugh is glorious and infectious.

The Masset Co-op was the site of a very successful Cram the Cruiser event and tree lighting this past week. The food bank tables were brimming with so many grocery bags put together for those in need. Thanks to everyone for being so generous. The bags are always there to purchase.

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I must point out the holidays are not the happiest time for us all. Whether it’s the first year without a loved one, or in my case, memories of a not-so-pleasant occurrence during the festivities, we may need assistance. There is absolutely no shame in seeking solutions for your mental well-being. The whole “don’t think about it” doesn’t work for everyone so a more realistic approach might be to give some outlets for your grief or feelings of helplessness and loneliness.

A starting point might be to call the Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace. The line is open 24 hours, so feel free to call them at 250-626-4666 for confidential services. Another resource is to call the crisis line at 1-833-456-4566, chat at or text 45645.

God bless and take care!

Masset Magic

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