Walk softly and carry a beautifully carved stick

Mayor David Raven poses with a walking stick that was carved by Austrian Prisoners of War during the First World War and presented to then-Mayor Hector McKinnon, whose portrait you can see over his shoulder (top right). McKinnon dealt fairly and openly with the PoWs who built the parkway up Mount Revelstoke to Meadows-in-the-sky. After McKinnon's death in a fire well after the 1920s, the stick was passed to his daughter, Mary Thompson. She presented it to Mayor Raven privately earlier this year. The mayor was very appreciative and thanked Mary Thompson and "the entire McKinnon family" for the gift, which will be stored in a purpose-built case at City Hall. David Rooney photo