The week of Oct 24 to 30 was horrific for one Transcona family and their close-knit community.
Brad Little, a very special person in the community, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 24. The community of Transcona, as well Brad’s family and friends, jumped into action and planned a celebration of life service for Oct. 30 at East End Arena.
Everything seemed to have fallen into place until another unexpected event occurred — the morning of the celebration, a vehicle in a police chase smashed into the exact spot where the arena’s ice-making machinery is housed. Nearby homes were evacuated and everything inside the building was exposed to ammonia. All the preparations were ruined.
This is when the true definition of community, dedication and overwhelming support became evident.
Within hours, friends, family and even casual acquaintances worked together to quickly arrange a new venue for the memorial.
The local business community generously donated food and a hall and the end result was unbelievable. It goes to show you what can happen when a group of dedicated people work together.
Transcona is a special place to live. There are many different groups of people who reside here — those who were born here and never leave; those who leave and miss it so much they come back; those who have been transplanted through marriage and those who just discover this place and stay after coming to appreciate our unique community, which has never lost its small-town closeness.
Regardless of how we got here, it’s evident there is pride, love and respect for one another in Transcona. The Little family learned how much they are loved and know they will never be alone here.
I have heard many people mock our special little community for some reason or another. But I have experienced another extraordinary event in my little part of the world, and am truly proud to tell anyone I meet, "I am from Transcona".
Louise Hedman is a community correspondent for Transcona.