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DIETER DUDY -- Every inch of our lives will be affected by this assault on our way of life – yet on an individual basis, many of us deal with this reality every day


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Over these last number of days, I’ve come to realize the absolute impact that Covid-19 was having on all of us.

Whether we are people of means, or those that struggle on a day to day basis, we share in the uncertainty of what may come our way. We will all be impacted by the ravages of this unforgiving virus, physically, emotionally, and economically.


My favourite word in recent times has been perspective


Every inch of our lives will be affected by this assault on our way of life. Yet, on an individual basis many of us deal with this reality every day. Whether by disease, disaster, or accident, some of us are impacted by tragedy daily.

So, while we look into our near future, with severe trepidation, let us recognize that many have faced this without the threat of this pandemic. Many of us have looked straight into the face of our demise. Many of us have gut wrenched over the impending loss of a loved one, many of us have had to face the fact that life offers no guarantees.

What is happening now on a global scale is nothing short of catastrophic, heart breaking, and humbling.

We have absolutely no control over a microscopic entity that can entirely change our way of life. However, while we wrestle with this reality, never lose sight of the fact that we deal with loss daily, we deal with heart ache daily, we are at the mercy of life daily. What we are faced with today just reminds us that life is fragile and we need to value it.


My favourite word in recent times has been perspective. Perspective allows me to realize that while I may be suffering … so are others.

It also reminds me that as a society we are resilient and will overcome all that challenges us. Whether on an individual basis or whether as a race, we will prevail.

For some that will come as a result of absolute faith in a deity or belief, for others it will be recognizing the power of the human will to survive.

In the end whether through personal loss or whether through community loss I believe we will survive, because I believe in all of you.


Dieter Dudy ... was born in Germany and raised in Kitimat.  He met his wife Deb Kellogg, who grew up in Kamloops, in Victoria and has been married for 34+ years. They have two adult children. 

His passion for sustainability led him to purchase and develop a 10-acre property where he and Deb have successfully established an organic vegetable farm and business.

Elected in November of 2014, Dieter is also a Councillor with the City of Kamloops.

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