Decisions for the renovations to the interior of the much discussed, 1939 built Avola log schoolhouse will be finalized as soon as mid-October.
This letter is the last chance for me to speak about this topic before it becomes a done deal.
* Does the TNRD have a mission statement regarding historic-heritage values?
* Have experts been consulted comparing the Avola schoolhouse with other historic-tourist locations?
* Are there statistics measuring how many tourists seek historic locations in western Canada?
* Does the TNRD’s Area B have a mission statement regarding tourism?
* Is the TNRD-owned site in Avola a one-room schoolhouse? Or is it just a building?
* Does this site matter to a mere 50-or-so residents?
* Or will decisions made affect a far greater number of people travelling to Canada from many places for many years to come?
* Will the public meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the schoolhouse in Avola to collect opinions about interior renovations result in a decision to
retain the features of a schoolhouse (two chalk boards, original shelving)? Or will these 55- to 75-year -old furnishings end up in the landfill?
* Do the opinions of people matter? Past residents? Former students? Former teachers? Their descendants? Historians? Educators? Reunion guests? Tourists?
Opinions may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to TNRD, 224 Candle Creek Road, Clearwater, B.C., V0E 1N0 prior to Oct. 16.
To me, these things are not in question:
* The role of the one-room schoolhouse in the development of Western Canada is as significant as the role of the transcontinental railway.
* The courage of the city-educated teacher, stepping off the train, alone, into rural-wilderness of Canada to teach the children of immigrants in a one-room schoolhouse is equivalent to the courage of each individual member of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police facing the frozen north.
The Mountie with his badge and the teacher with her chalk . . . both upholding civilization.
The significance, to me, of the one-room schoolhouse, is more than “just a building” in the same way that the Canadian flag is more then “just a piece of cloth.”
The one-room schoolhouse opened up this wide and wonderful land to settlement. Preserving this one? To me, it is not a question.