Duncan – I moved to the Island in 1998. I truly believed that I had arrived in paradise. Little has happened over the years to change my opinion.
Yes, there are always a few bad apples. But, by comparison, Duncan and the Cowichan Valley is a stable, family oriented region.
On Friday night while watering my plants, I slid down my asphalt driveway on my face. I bent down to get something and just kept going. There is damage to my face, arms, legs and ribs. I was pretty stunned.
A car drove by. They slowed down to take a look then went up the road to turn around and come back. There were three young people in it.
They got out of their car and proceeded to help me. Robert Jeeves informed that he is a first responder. He, along with his friends Kaylee Keck and Richard Masur got me to my feet and helped me into the house.
They looked me over and suggested that I go to the hospital. After some hesitation, I agreed. I was about to call a cab when they told me that they would drive me over. This was greatly appreciated. Kaylee was especially helpful and aware of my female needs.
They drove me to the hospital, came into emergency with me, stayed with my while a nice doctor explained my injuries in terms that I could understand.
They then drove me home, escorted me to my room and helped me get ready for bed. They stopped by the next day to assure themselves that I was alright.
I was grateful and amazed. Three young people gave up their Friday evening to help a senior citizen that they had never met before. They did it without thought of recompense or reward. With this calibre of young people, I now feel safe in going through the aging process. I often wondered who would take care of us as our generation ages. Now I know without a shadow of a doubt that we are in very good hands.
Lauren M. Flynn