On this eve of thanksgiving weekend, I attended the Annual Community meeting of the Shuswap Community Foundation. The Foundation, established in 1995 has 5.9 million dollars under management, grew 12% this last year and has donated $165,000 to community groups this year. Wow. These funds are used for many of the things we take for granted in our day to day lives. Appliances for food banks, water systems for community gardens, a roof for an historic building, funds for literacy programs and art gallery exhibits. Things we would miss if we didn’t have them. Things we don’t think about. Things we need. Things that help. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. So many of the groups that received their awards tonight shared gratitude and so many of the funders who presented the grants shared their love and high esteem of the community in which we live. It’s not all bad. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. And I, for one, am really, really grateful. Happy Thanksgiving.