Summer’s coming in the North, and Spirit Way Inc is gearing up for a lot of activity. Thompson just held the annual CHTM Trade Show and it had an excellent turn out. On Friday and Saturday one could barely move in the exhibition space because of all the people. The Spirit Way booth was well attended. Jan Hall donated a wonderful wolf quilt to raise money for the new wolf enclosure at the Thompson Zoo. We sold over 500 tickets in 3 days! One new contractor in town said he was very impressed by the wolf mural and wanted to send all the info to his relatives in Quebec. We handed out a lot of information sheets about Spirit Way and encouraged people to look at this new website.
We are starting to get people submitting their Wolf Sightings on our website. That’s great and we hope you spread the word. The sightings are important evidence for comprehensive scientific wolf research that could start in 2010.
A Spirit Way ad hoc committee is working with the Thompson Zoo to enlarge and enhance the wolf enclosure. The existing cage was built by Rotary Club over 25 years ago, and needs to be renovated. The intention is to go from a cage to a wonderful wolf habitat. It would be a better experience for the animals and the visitors. Doug Ross, former Executive Director of the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be contracted as a consultant to redesign the enclosure and develop a Wolf Management Plan for the zoo keepers. The project will cost around $190,000. It will become a tremendous asset for the Zoo.
Friends of Spirit Way will be launched in May, 2009. This will be a casual group of volunteers who are willing to join a fun group of people who are proud of their community and want to help protect and maintain the public features and attractions of Spirit Way. We’ll meet twice a year. Friends can choose what they want to help with and how much time they can spend. We hope you will consider joining. Go to the Home Page and click on the Friends button. You will receive a very special lapel pin and certificate. Orientation session will be held later this month.
A clean up day will also be scheduled for later this month. Give us a hand when you hear it announced on the radio or shown on the Home Page.
See ya all in two weeks!
In the Spirit!