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Editorial: Reflections of 2021

Here is to brighter days ahead for all of us in 2022
Ian's new years column

You will have to forgive me if this column comes across as a bit of a replay.

Last year’s reflections of 2020 column spoke a lot about the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a major part of our year in review edition…so much so in fact, Glacier Media featured Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry as our newsmaker of the year.

While Henry is not the focus of our year in review this time around, the COVID-19 pandemic, sadly is.

While many of us thought the worst was behind us during the summer and we were looking forward to a return to normalcy in September, the Delta variant took hold and very little changed.

Then while we were getting Delta under control, along comes the Omicron variant and as I write this, we are in the midst of record-breaking daily case totals, tighter restrictions and again, no end seemingly in sight.

It’s shaping up to be a long January for many of us.

But the pandemic is just one of many news stories that the Optimist newsroom and our Glacier syndicated team has covered this past year.

In this edition, you will find a collection of those stories be it news, community happenings, sports and entertainment.

Despite a lot of doom and gloom, we have had some great stories to tell and achievements to celebrate. I hope you enjoy this look back at the year that was. There is also additional content on our website, so be sure to check that out as well.

It has been another year of challenges for all of us, but with the support of our families, friends and the community as a whole, we have all persevered and soldiered on.

From our Optimist family to yours, Happy New Year.

Here is to brighter days ahead for all of us in 2022.