A farewell gift for Neills…

By David F. Rooney

Revelstoke will miss departing Friends executive director Neills Kristensen. He has been an active, good-natured and popular member of the community who work with the Friends, the Arts Council, the Spirit Fest Committee and other groups will be sorely missed.

Members of some of those groups gathered at the Friends’ office on Wednesday afternoon to graze on coffee and treats from The Modern and watch him goggle at the farewell gift paid for by his many friends. He also received a brag book of photos and stories from The Current and the Times Review put together by Josee Timperio, who will be the Friends’ acting ED, and Emma Kirkland from the Powder Springs Inn.

I, for one, will miss the lunches he used to have with me and Glen O’Reilly on Saturdays at the Last Drop and his infectious enthusiasm for all things Revelstoke.

Good luck in Vancouver, amigo.

Here’s a photo of Neills and his great farewell present:

Neills Kristensen, former executive director of the Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, is on his way to Vancouver on Thursday, but not before his friends presented him with a token of their appreciation during a small party at the Friends’ office on Wednesday afternoon. The gift, presented to Neills by Jack Pendergast was an original painting, which Neills had long lusted after, by Leanne Spanza. Photos courtesy of Emma Kirkland