Thomson: Giving thanks and giving back

One of the best parts of the fall is the annual reminder to show gratitude.

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time when the leaves turn colours, our children and grandchildren are settled into the school routine, and the air is a little crisper in the morning.

One of the best parts of the fall is the annual reminder to show gratitude for our loved ones and be thankful for the blessings in our life.

In my family, we have some special Thanksgiving traditions. We gather together in the old farmhouse, and the kids take the bikes out while the rest of us prepare our meal.

When I was growing up, my father would artfully carve the turkey, and we would have delicious homemade sausages, a special treat.

As much as we all looked forward to the food, that time together as a family created memories that I continue to cherish and build on with my children and grandchildren.

Make sure you use this time of year as an opportunity to appreciate the company of those who are important to you, and to share in good food and conversation.

Our hard-working friends at the Kelowna Gospel Mission go to great lengths to provide a delicious, hot meal to those in our community who otherwise might not have Thanksgiving dinner.

Many people donated or volunteered their time to help put on the Gospel Mission’s biggest meal of the year on Monday.

There’s no better way to show gratitude and thanks for the blessings in our lives than to give back to our community, and this is a great, meaningful way of doing so.


Make sure to check out the Grow Local Fall Fair, combining the Cherry and Apple Fairs into a great family event, promoting our local farmers.

Grow Local opens on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m., until 3 p.m., at the Laurel Packinghouse in downtown Kelowna at the corner of Ellis and Cawston.

In addition to the delicious local produce, there will be family activities and a children’s corner. You don’t want to miss it!

When you buy local food products, you do more than just provide highly nutritious, quality food to your family and friends, you are supporting the local economy. A strong and stable economy benefits all of us, our families, and our future.

Kelowna Capital News