Fort St. John Tim Hortons owners on the road to thank frontline workers

James Dunn

A duo of business owners are giving back to frontline workers for the year and a half of the pandemic.

James Dunn has the story of one school whose teachers have nothing but gratitude.

For their hard work during the pandemic, Tim Hortons business owners Ron and Julia Bowie are on a tour to thank Fort St. John's frontline workers.

Teachers like grade one's Trina Powers felt the love as the Bowie's delievered donuts and coffee to all the schools staff.

"We've been working really hard as I know a lot of other people have, but just to be recognized and have this special treat, really means a lot." Powers said.

Despite teachers still being in classrooms during the pandemic, Ma Murray's Principal, Kathy Scheck says this is rare opportunity to see everyone together.

"We don't have a common staff room and because we can't get together except through virtual meetings, and we can't eat lunch together. This is very heartwarming for me to see not only the teachers but the support staff, custodians, and secretary all out here enjoying this."

The business owners felt it was important to get schools and teachers on the list to thank.

"We felt that it would be a great opportunity to thank them. It was just so well recieved we were just delighted to do it." Julia Bowie said.

"it's a win-win. It's a win for the teachers, it's a win for the community, and it's a win for us for actually feeling good about giving back." Husband Ron also said.

Teachers like Ms. Powers can not help but get emotional when she is called a frontline worker.

"I so, so appreciate it, to be considered a frontline worker first of all is huge! Because through the government they haven't really recognized us as a frontline worker yet."

Schools and teachers are not the only frontline workers being thanked by the Bowie's. Their stops throughout the day include the Fort St. John Hospital, North Peace Seniors Home, as well as the Fort St John Fire Station.

The two day tour ends with the morning and afternoon workers at the hospital tomorrow.

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