Annual Boogie ‘machine’ sustained by volunteers
By Moneca Jantzen
For the last two decades Kamloops has enjoyed an annual rite of passage each spring, namely Boogie the Bridge. Around the end of each April, a red ‘sea’ of runners and walkers pours out of downtown and crosses the Overlanders Bridge in hopes of accomplishing various running/walking goals.
This celebration of community health and movement has grown from the heart and soul of running guru Jo Berry, and has been sustained by countless volunteers, sponsors and participants year after year.
Boogie the Bridge is an enormous undertaking and it has been one that the Kamloops community has embraced enthusiastically over the years growing from only 68 participants in the beginning to almost 3,000 in 2017.
This monumental event, which now includes a 3-day Expo beforehand besides the Boogie Run Clinics, demands the help of almost 50 committed volunteers over the course of the year and demands almost another 100 on the day. The logistics to keep all of the moving parts working demands a well-oiled machine, one that has had twenty years of practice.
Seniors and their vintage cars: Ron Buck
By Dick Parkes
As the majority of the members of the Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada are seniors, it is hoped that the readers of The Connector will relate to our members and their automotive history. This will be the first in a series of articles highlighting individual members with their vintage cars and this month we start off with long-time member, Ron Buck.
Ron was born in Penticton in 1930 and at eighteen years of age he began his automotive apprenticeship at the local Ford garage. Four years later he received his mechanics certificate but was experiencing health issues and his doctor advised him to leave the Ford dealership as they didn’t have an exhaust system in the shop and the fumes were affecting him. He relocated to Parker Industrial Equipment, the Ferguson Tractor and Dodge dealership, and worked there for three years.
His next position was with the machine shop of MacKenzie, White and Dunsmuir who moved him to their Kamloops operation one year later. This business, located on Lansdowne Street, eventually changed its name to Taylor, Pearson and Carson and Ron worked there for 21 years, mainly rebuilding engines. His next and final job was as a millwright at the Lornex mine at Logan Lake, now known as Highland Valley Copper.