A fellow Kaslovian, Sara Davis, recently posted the following note on the Kaslo community Facebook page she created last summer — one that today boasts over 700 members — not bad, considering Kaslo only has 1,000 residents!
Hi All,I started this group during the Johnson’s landing slide tragedy to help people organize and help one another. It seemed to serve this purpose to the best of it’s abilities (it’s only facebook after all) and seems to continue to serve this purpose. This group is not intended for slandering people or businesses. Feel free to start a new page if you have posts that you would like to share that do not involve the above mentioned purposes. It is very simple and only takes a few minutes.I just had to delete a post that contained slanderous remarks made towards a local business person and community friend of ours. I have only had to do that one other time and do not enjoy it. I never intended on having to police this page for inappropriate content and assumed that people know what is appropriate to post on a public page. So here are a few guidelines for future posting:-zero tolerance for slander or gossip
-please try not to use the F word (if possible), there are kids on this page as well
-this is not a buy and sell page. You can post those things on the Kaslo Yardsale page.
-any other input or guidelines are more than welcome.This group has grown in size and seems to be used regularly. I would like to see being used for positive and empowering purposes. To help one another not hinder. All in favour say “I” or better yet “We”.
This note prompted an immediate outpouring of responses, most of them featuring the single, powerful, “we” word. Which has caused me to ponder for a moment the importance of community, of togetherness, in all our lives.
In a tiny place like this, surrounded as we are on all sides by Nature in all her imposing magnificence, community looms large. It’s somehow easier to grasp the importance of cultivating good friends and neighbours when the veil between the human and natural worlds is as thin as it is here.
Oh, make no mistake, we have our occasional differences. But there has to be some sort of accommodation, even between two people who just know they’re right, about logging or organic gardening or the Harper government or why most jazz sucks/doesn’t suck, because inevitably, they’re going to run into one another at the post office or Sunnyside Naturals or Willow Home Gallery or Cornucopia or the Blue Belle.
In the end, it’s the “we-ness” of this place that keeps so many of us here. Most of us come because of the mountains, the lake, the forests, the obvious physical beauty and splendid isolation of this place. But it’s the people who we come to know so intimately, the wise and whacky, creative and curmudgeonly, open and opinionated, lucid and loving people, who keep us here.
Thanks, Sara, for reminding me of that.
Here’s to us!