I had a plan for this week, but it doesn’t really seem all that important right now.
In all honesty, it wouldn’t feel right to write about beer or something in this space this week after what’s happened in this province over the last few days.
As you all know by now, 15 people have died and 14 are injured following a horrific accident on Friday evening when the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos to their playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks collided with a semi-trailer.
This tragedy has affected us all, in part, because we can all relate to those kids on the bus that day. While many of you can directly relate to being on a traveling hockey team, all of us have been that kid on a bus to somewhere. Whether it was to a game, a performance, a field trip or even just to school every day, we’ve all boarded that bus. It’s supposed to be a safe place. You just never expect something like this to happen, until it does.
Through this dark time, there has been some light to shine through. From the millions of dollars raised through GoFundMe, to the six people who received life-changing organ transplants from Logan Boulet to the love and support shown by people and organizations all over the world. Although it doesn't change what happened, it’s certainly been enough to make anyone tear up.
In times like this, we’re all left wondering what can we do to help? I recently heard some really good advice that has helped me deal with my own grief and I think it will help you too.
There’s no right or wrong way for someone to grieve. Saskatchewan is a small place. We all know someone or someone who knows someone directly affected by this. Be there for them. Let them say whatever is on their mind. Be that shoulder to cry on, be that sounding board for someone who is angry, be whatever someone needs you to be. Not just now, but into the future. As difficult as life is right now for many people, it’s only going to get more difficult down the road as the rest of us go on with our lives and they’re left to pick up the pieces. So, if you know someone affected by this, don’t forget about them in a few months.
At Happy Hour, we’re going to do our part to try and help the victims families as best we can. This Friday, the Balgonie Bisons are taking over our parking lot for some street hockey. If you want to join them, stop by, make a donation to Humboldt Strong and you’re in. It’s that simple. We’ll have donation boxes set up inside as well for those who want to support.
Hope to see you then.