Christmas Wishes 2016

Welcome to The Revelstoke Current’s traditional Christmas Wishes page. Started in 2009, this page serves as a way to thank special people and mark the Christmas season’s special events. If you would like to extend your thanks and appreciation to an individual, a family, group or the community in general please send it to The Current and we’ll post it for you on the Christmas Wishes page.

The CPR Holiday Train arrived in Revelstoke about an hour later than it’s scheduled ETA of 6 pm on Tuesday evening, December 13. Temperatures that evening were bitterly — pushing -20° Celsius — cold. Thank God for the firefighters who whipped up hot dogs, Starbucks who provided coffee and hot chocolate and Shannon Van Goor from Telus Mobility who handed out Christmas cookies to all the cold, cold, Revelstokians who came out to wait for the train.

Shannon Van Goor of Revelstok4e Mobility had Christmas cookies for all the frozen folks waiting for the CPR Holiday Train on Tuesday as temperatures pushed towards -20 ° Celsius. David F. Rooney photo
Firefighter Dan Hutchison looks a tad cold as he tends the hot dogs on offer to everyone waiting for the CPR Holiday Train on a very frigid Tuesday evening. David F. Rooney photo



Lew Hendrickson of Vic Van Isle helped make Patti Larson’s day on Tuesday, December 13, when he stopped by the Christmas Hamper Depot to hand her a cheque for $1,520. That money and other donations will go a long way towards ensuring the that the Food Bank will remain in operation. Photo courtesy of the Community Connections Food Bank


Monday was an excellent day at the Christmas Hamper Depot; that’s when Carol Sakamoto, shown posing with Patti Larson in the top image of this triptych, brought in hundreds of children’s mittens, scarves and slippers. Many of these had been hand-knitted by local women. Carol has been running a one-woman drive raisingh money to purchase the wool used by knitters.
Apple Store Manager Trevor English has also staged a toy drive and you can see the results in the middle photo. There will no doubt be a lot of happy children this year!
And finally, local women filled stockings with goodies to be delivered with this year’s Christmas Hampers, while another donated bottles of skin lotion, which she decorated with ribbons. Patti Larson was deeply touched and impressed. Small thoughtful gestures like these will no doubt raise the spirits of those who receive them. David F. Rooney photo


The Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society would like to thank our many loyal customers and all who donate and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Because of you our Thrift Store continues to thrive and we are able to provide much needed assistance to community health care. Just recently we were able to donate $50,000 to the Heli-pad Fund and a $56,000 portable digital X-ray machine for our hospital. We also fund the Food Bank $1,000 per month and much more.

Thank you to everyone who supports our efforts.

The Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society


Every year Vic Van isle and Rona hold a Christmas Party for area contractors and 2016 was no different. There was plenty of food (the chicken was particularly tasty), games (check out Peter Bernacki trying his hand at slapping the little red ball through the hole), a 50-50 Draw that was won by Mike Vegh (middle left photo), who walked away with $150 while $165 goes to the Food Bank), everyone who attended got a present, like Yves Chouinard (middle, right photo) and there was a Grand Prize Draw, which was won by Tyler Mazzei of AFA Forest Products. All told, it was a great little party. Everyone had a good time and there was some money raised for the Food Bank. Thanks guys. Photos by Joel de Boer


HUB Revelstoke Staff dressed in their PJs on Wednesday, December 7, in support of the 2nd Annual Christmas Pyjama Drive. This important event collects donations of new pajamas, socks and underwear for the kids of Revelstoke to wear on Christmas Morning. HUB Revelstoke is one of the drop-off points for the donations along with the public library and Begbie View Elementary School. “What better way to show the community is who we are than dressing in PJs for the day?” said HUB manager John Grass. “In just a few days we have collected close to 30 pairs of PJs for local kids.” Donations will be accepted at all locations until December 12. Photo courtesy of John Grass