Thanks for the warm welcome, Campbell River

Mike Davies column thanks Campbell River for the warm welcome he's received since starting at the Mirror

This is the eighth edition of the Campbell River Mirror that I’ve been a part of, so I thought it was maybe time to address the warm embrace that you’ve all given me since my arrival.

I was going to do one of those, “This is me and what I’m about, and I’m happy to be joining the team, bla bla bla,” columns when I was first given this spot for my musings, but I thought I’d wait a bit and see how it went. After all, maybe a couple of weeks would go by, everyone would hate me and my generally positive but always community-centric idealism, and I’d be on my way to the next place, right?

I’m happy to report (see what I did there?), however, that I’ve seemingly been accepted and welcomed, not only by the fine people who work here at the Mirror, but also by you folks in the community to whom we’re responsible.

I suppose it’s possible that everyone hates everything I’m doing, and they’re just not the ones I’m hearing from, but I’ve found in the past that those who like what you’re doing are generally the less vocal of those two groups. So the fact that I’m only hearing positives is good, right?

In any case, I would just like to take a moment to say thank you, Campbell River. I feel like I’m home already, and that’s really saying something, since I really loved the last place I was.

I’ve been settling in and catching up with some old friends I had during my brief stint here back in what seems like a previous life, getting caught up on what’s happened since I left, and re-engaging with the community in general, and you’ve all been so great at helping me do these things. I’m slowly starting to put everything together in terms of who is involved with what, which organizations do what for whom, and where you should go to acquire that thing you need, and I appreciate your help in that.

I look forward to continuing to find out more about you, and helping you find out more about each other. If you feel like there’s an underserved or under appreciated aspect of the community, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. I can’t be at everything, but I’ll be at what I can if I know about it.

I want to know about this place as much as you want me to tell you about it, so just keep in touch and keep me in the loop with what’s going on, would you?

Other than that, I’ll bid you a temporary adieu, and see you here again next week, where hopefully I’ll have something else to talk about.

Maybe I’ll chime in on the teacher’s dispute, because it’ll be all ironed out by then,  and everything will be smooth sailing, no?

And what I say about it wouldn’t possibly be divisive, right?

Until then, I await your input on what I can do for you, how I’ve been doing thus far, what your golf handicap is…really, whatever you want to talk about.

Hit me up on Twitter (@paperguydavies) or by e-mail at

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