Chetwynd has had a rough week. Some of it’s prized carvings have fallen victim to vandalism. Who would perform such a senseless act? Whomever it was, I don’t believe the act was malicious or in any way was intended to hurt anyone personally. It was just that, completely senseless. Has society failed in teaching our youth the difference between wrong and right? Or is it possible that some individuals need to break boundaries to understand where boundaries are? Whatever the case may be, it would be wise to leave the judging of these youths to the judges.
The outpouring of pride that has come from our community has made me proud to be a citizen of Chetwynd. Let me say that the task of organizing the carving event year after year is a taxing task reflected by the hard work and dedication of a group of citizens that ensures the event happens every year. It seems that no sooner does one event end and the planning begins for next year. Recent meetings have convinced me that this event is in good hands and will be secure for many years to come. These individuals deserve our gratitude as much as the carvers deserve our regard for their talents.
The question remains though, why would someone damage these works of art? If we have faith in humanity and assume that there was no desire to hurt individuals, what is the reason? All actions are carried out for a reason. Where does anger and aggression like this originate? I have said before, “We need to listen to our children.” Growing up, as we all can remember, can be a very confusing time and our children need guidance through this journey. There are many influences outside of the home that can be difficult for parents to understand. These acts of vandalism are communicating something. Let’s remember that these youths and their parents are members of our community and they are going through a tough time right now as well. As parents it would break our hearts to see our children in trouble with the law. We need to let the law deal with this matter and we as citizens need to keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to raise our youth to be productive members of society. It is my hope that the penalty for these acts will encompass this objective.
What do we do now as proud citizens? The 2016 carving event is weeks away. These acts should in no way hinder this event. The carvers will show up as they have every other year and as always, we will be amazed at the works of art that they have the mind to imagine, and the talent to create. Again, let’s not pass judgment on the motives of these youths. I’m sure that we all have had that moment in our lives where we made a bad decision we aren’t proud of.