Blogging holds powers I never anticipated.
I blogged about my friend Theresa Bond, a woman in Northern Canada who piloted her beloved Beaver into adventures only few could have undertaken with such courage. Writing about her caused many feelings to surface and I discovered many unanswered questions about her life.
Tragically, (spoil alert) in the spring of 1990, with an uncanny twist of fate, Theresa took her last flight as an ambulance attendant. The plane hit a mountain. Theresa, a young boy and the pilot were all killed.
After I finished the three-part story of my friendship with Theresa, I was delighted to discover a comment from Theresa’s brother. On March 11 of 2011, Brendan wrote that he was writing Theresa’s biography. Finally, I would have more pieces to a puzzle with far too many gaps. I could hardly wait.
In March of 2012, Atlin’s Anguish: Bush Pilot Theresa Bond and the Crash of Taku Air Flight , by Brendan Lillis was finally published. Reading it was a visit with Theresa. Like a dry bespectacled sponge reveling in the spray of a welcome waterfall, I absorbed many missing pieces that finally gave more of a 3D visual of my friend.
That wasn’t the end.
Again, because of my blog, in August of 2014 I received an email from Lynn B Klein, Chair, Fallen Paramedics Memorial of BC. He informed me that a memorial was being planned to honour fallen paramedics and Theresa Bond was to be included. A plaque was being prepared and correct names, spellings, etc. had to be confirmed. Plus they wanted to contact family members. I referred Mr. Klein to Theresa’s brother Brendan.
Today, I received another email from Mr. Klein. Because of my blog giving them the opening to connect with Theresa’s family, I’ve been invited to attend the unveiling of the Memorial in May of 2015:
RE: Fallen Paramedics Memorial Monument Unveiling
On behalf of the Fallen Paramedics Memorial Committee I wish to inform you the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of the Province of B.C and the Honorable Linda Reid, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of B.C. have announced Wednesday, May 6, 2015, as the date set for the unveiling of the above noted memorial.
The committee extends an invitation to you to join our colleagues of the paramedic profession, and help them as they pay tribute and honour to their fallen members. If you will be attending the official dedication it will commence at noon on the day of the ceremony. You should be on site by not later than 11:30 am. Dress will be casual attire. Please be aware parking in the immediate area will be very difficult to find.
I hope you can make this historical occasion
Mr. Lynn B Klein
Chair, Fallen Paramedics Memorial Committee
I’m so grateful that Soul Dipper was able to assist in honouring my friend, Theresa Bond.
Here’s a video of the Memorial on May 6th, 2015: