To the editor:
In response to the news that Ballet Kelowna will cease to exist within the next two months.
Well, for once I am totally lost for words. This is a very sad day for this city.
Having been involved in the arts in this community for many years (Honour in the Arts Award 1993), I am weeping at the thought of this loss.
If we let it go we may never get it back.
David LaHay has been inspirational to so many people, not just dancers in this town, and his team of workers have struggled tirelessly to support this incredibly worthwhile group and David’s vision.
I constantly ask myself why we underestimate the value of the arts—one of the elements that make life and humanity worthwhile.
We should be supporting our young artists because, when we do, we are supporting those to whom we are entrusting the world. They will carry the torches of arts and culture, and will build a heritage we must never forget and one we cannot afford to lose.
Who will step up to save this precious group? There has to be somebody?
I am totally devastated and can only imagine the sorrow that has entered the lives of all those really passionate about ballet.
Oh, Kelowna—what have you done? Do you understand the value of this gem you are letting let slip through your fingers?
Val Bardot, Kelowna