Firefighters stand back

Fundraiser to help Skyline employees

A fundraising effort is underway to help employees of the Skyline Truck Stop through difficult times ahead.

A fundraising effort is underway to help employees of the Skyline Truck Stop through difficult times ahead.

As unstoppable flames made their way through the popular Craigellachie business during a Nov. 2 fire, Trinity Kendrick says she and fellow Skyline employees stood on the outskirts, watching, while going through a mix of emotions.

“We all stood in the parking lot and cried – laughed and cried at all the memories. It’s really sad,” said Kendrick.

The staff at the Skyline, Kendrick says, were like family. It was a place where lifelong friendships were born, a place where the community gathered and a refuge for many travellers.

“We had co-workers that had been there for more than 20 years, a husband and wife couple there for 20 years, and single moms and that was their only income,” said Kendrick.

Following the fire, the Skyline’s longtime owners Lyall and Charlene Hainstock were finishing their last payroll for the foreseeable future.

“They really are awesome bosses, they care about their employees,” said Kendrick. “They’re more worried about us at this point which is, I mean, it’s got to be so hard for them, you know, they sunk their livelihoods into it.”

Between that paycheque and the anticipated long wait for employment insurance benefits to kick in, Kendrick saw a need to support her coworkers. She has since started a GoFundMe fundraising account to do just that (https://www.gofundme.com/cn8jub3s).

“I’m opting out of anything, I don’t need it, my family will be fed and stuff,” said Kendrick. “But there are other people who have nothing. I hesitate to speak about anybody’s personal situation, of course, but there are people who were just moving into bigger, more expensive places because of children situations and now they have no income.”

Kendrick noted there aren’t any similar employment options nearby.

After the fire, Kendrick says a trauma counsellor was brought in to help the Skyline staff – the impact of the fire being much greater than a burnt building.

“It was big memories for a lot of people; that was where everybody went People drove from Sicamous to come and have dinner, lunch or coffee,” said Kendrick. “And you know, the truckers on the road, the only place that’s not fast food for them to actually get a decent meal, between Vancouver and Calgary really.”

 

Just Posted

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Black trucks figure prominently in Shuswap thefts

Chase RCMP investigating stolen vehicles from several communities

‘Suspicious male’ not a threat, but police appreciate report

Salmon RCMP commend girls and bystanders on their vigilance

Contenders to return for Okanagan tour

Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard and Blu and Kelly Hopkins will perform at six venues

Former Vernon man guilty of Japanese exchange student’s murder

Natsumi Kogawa was found at empty heritage mansion shortly after she was reported missing in 2016

Cough cough: Kelowna MLA gets flu shot to prep for the cold season

Steve Thomson got his flu shot from Lakeside Medicine Centre Friday

Shuswap’s young inchthyologists marvel at fish return

Sorrento Elementary students visit the Salute the Sockeye event at Tsútswecw Provincial Park.

Celebration salutes 60 years of medical care provided at Salmon Arm hospital

Hospital lauded for continuing advancements in top-notch care by B.C. health minister

Election 2018: Jay Simpson, candidate for Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Area F

One of two candidates vying to represent the North Shuswap provides a bio, talks about the issues.

Election 2018: Will Hansma, candidate for Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Area F

One of two candidates vying to represent North Shuswap provides a bio, talks about the issues.

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Election 2018: Nancy Egely, candidate for Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Area C

One of two candidates vying to represent South Shuswap provides a bio, talks about the issues.

Most Read