EDITORIAL: Plenty of reasons to celebrate locally
You have to marvel at the way South Deltans like to celebrate in their own backyard.
Whether it's fun in the sun at May Days, the Ladner Village Market, Tsawwassen's Sunfest or the Outdoor Movie Nights at Diefenbaker Park and the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, the community comes out in pretty decent numbers to enjoy themselves locally.
With the 116th annual May Days ready to kick off this Friday afternoon—that's when the rides get rolling at Memorial Park—you get a sense that a history of attending community gatherings is well entrenched here.
It's like saying "offer it and they will come."
But events of these sorts don't just happen by themselves. They require an awful lot of effort to plan and stage. And that usually means a lot of heavy lifting many months in advance by groups of dedicated organizers who volunteer their time to ensure the next great community bash in Ladner or Tsawwassen goes off with as few hitches as possible.
And it's that commitment by your friends and neighbours that is very much a reason to celebrate, too.
Those volunteers make their contributions with little or no fanfare. They agonize over details many of us will never even notice.
They often don't have the opportunity to fully enjoy their event in the way the rest of the public does.
And they are the frequently overlooked component of what makes a good event great.
That by itself should be reason enough for the public to get out and attend all that South Delta has to offer—whether it's spring, summer, fall or winter being celebrated.
And when you do it might just be an idea to mention to one of those volunteers helping direct traffic, setting up a tent, or making sure the parade floats make it around a corner safely that they are doing a great job—like always.