Her route took her from the Energetic City to Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd and Dawson Creek, before the last stretch back up the Alaska Highway to Taylor last night. All of her efforts have been to raise money for the Northern Lights Recovery Centre, a drug and alcohol treatment centre being built in the Fort St. John area.
At a welcoming ceremony at the North Peace Cultural Centre this afternoon, Society President Bruce Lantz was beaming with pride at the success of their efforts.
“When we started this journey, I wasn’t sure how it would be; I wasn’t sure what Wendy would be like in the process, but seeing her in action and seeing the people that have come out to support her and to support this project… it’s been very humbling for me personally,” he admits. “It reinforces that this is a problem that runs right across our area and beyond.”
The run was Brown’s idea, as she wanted to give back to the community after it supported her hometown of the Babine Lake First Nation after the fatal sawmill explosion last year through a walking fundraiser she held. Despite running approximately 33 kilometres a day for the past 11 days, she stayed smiling throughout, a clear sign of her passion for the project.
“The entire time that I was running, all I could do is pray in hopes that this facility will impact people’s lives to the point where they want to start making some positive changes for their future and the future of their children,” she says. “It has been an honour.”
Local dignitaries were at the NPCC to greet Brown, as well as some of the sponsors of the run. Both Peace River Regional District Chair Karen Goodings and MP Bob Zimmer commented on the clear need for a treatment centre in northeast B.C., with Zimmer adding, “Now it’s my job to go to the federal government… and try to get some money to fund this.”
At last update around $20,000 had been raised, with a final tally expected by next week. More importantly, Lantz argues that the run itself has raised awareness for the Recovery Centre, which will lead to more funding.