September 19, 2002
Yesterday we traveled from Thunder Bay to Regina and had an evening off. It was the perfect time to celebrate Rick's birthday, especially after all his enduring work at the airport the day before.
We woke up this morning to dazzling blue skies and when they're the backdrops for the breathtaking landscape of the Fort Qu'Appelle valley, it makes for a great drive. Dave and Tom headed out to Payepot First Nation to conduct the workshop at the high school. There were about 40 students in attendance along with teachers and an RCMP officer. The students provided great responses to our questions about stress, what it looked like, and how it can be managed. Although our concert that evening was a half-hour drive away, the students were delighted to be given an invitation to attend for free. They also presented us with school pens - a great souvenir of our visit.
Back at the LeBret Eagledome, soundcheck was underway and once things were in order, we enjoyed great home cooking prepared by Ron. There were a few of us wishing we could grab a nap on the hammock - the setting was perfect for that - but the show must go on.
A good cross-section of people from the area attended the show and Dave had the chance to spend some time with people who wanted to talk in depth about how suicide has impacted their lives. As Dave described it, there were a few "million dollar moments" that he won't forget.
As usual everyone stayed for autographs and photos - always a favorite for all of us on the road. Thanks to local coordinator Tony Stevenson and Chief Claude Friday. Revenue from the concert supports the Payepot First Nation Youth and Recreation.
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