Sherriff’s Family Day 2023
by Sheriff Ian Parkinson
Sheriff’s Family Day 2023, was a warm beautiful day filled with fun and laughter. Thanks to several Sheriff’s Explorers, Sheriff Woody came to life and was a rock star; and despite the heat, he was everywhere making kids smile. I saw some children not quite sure what to make of him and others totally comfortable having their photos taken and high-fiving with him. I saw a nice video on Facebook yesterday that captured some of the highlights, I hope you have an opportunity to see it.
Back this year after an absence of five years was the Grizzly Youth Academy, all 52 of them did a phenomenal job helping us park cars and assist with a variety of other tasks. For those of you not familiar with the Grizzly Youth Academy, their philosophy is to produce well-rounded, competent graduates who successfully transition into the workforce, higher education, vocational schools or enlist in the military. Participation in Family Day is another opportunity for them to experience, learn, and work as a team. We will definitely invite them back next year.
A successful event such as this doesn’t just happen. Working together as a team and utilizing the support of volunteers and County Agencies is how we create something to be proud of. So, on behalf of the Sheriff’s Family Day Committee, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s event. It truly takes a community such as ours coming together to produce an event that has become the largest event of its kind in our County. SAF appreciates the time you give to this event and couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!
Let’s talk Volunteers because we all know nothing gets done without them. You can never have enough and although volunteer numbers were a little low this year, those that were present came through for us big time. Thank you to those who wrapped what seemed like an endless number of hot dogs, to those who greeted people at the front entrance and to those who wrestled with T-Shirts blowing in the wind. I’m here to say I wouldn’t trade any of them and I hope that they will come back again next year. Thank you, to all my Volunteers!
In closing, a final thanks to the SAF Family Day Committee; Jason Wolpert, Tracy Weed, Randy Arseneau, Jerry Lenthall, Marshal Klein, Sylvia Dodd, Denny Kemble, Renee Osborne, Joe & Sue Schimandle.
Thank you to our Reader for their continued support!