GINTA – Once again, we have learned the meaning of community

(Image: CFJC Today)

A LOT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ALREADY about the recent disaster that destroyed Parkcrest Elementary. It shook the entire city and it left many in tears. It will take a while to rebuild — hopefully not too long, according to official promises — and there will be hurdles along the way.

Still, it will not be the same. The new school will most likely be better, construction-wise and safety-wise. But it will not be the same. The loss of an essential neighbourhood hub and the emotional toll associated will be felt for a while.

There were memories and irreplaceable items that time and people made special. They will remain cherished in hearts and minds and that adds an extra degree of gratefulness for having what we have while we have it.

It is a sad lesson that children had to learn as they went through this, but the impression they’ll carry with as they grow up will shape the adults they will become.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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