Two calfs spent roughly two weeks without their mother before they were rescued by Revelstoke residents and transported to a wildlife sanctuary outside of Golden. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke’s top 10 good news stories of 2019

It wasn’t all doom and gloom in 2019. Take a look at the top ten Revelstoke stories that brought a smile to our faces in 2019.

Local teen makes top 100 in CBC’s Searchlight

Revelstoke teen Aza Deschamps was in the top 100 of CBC Searchlight’s annual hunt for Canada’s best undiscovered talent.

READ MORE: ‘If I win, it would be life changing’: Revelstoke teen musician makes top 100 in CBC music competition

READ MORE: ‘She’ll always be a musician’: mother and daughter duo

Revelstoke heart recipient gets life and finds love

Tyler Smith had a broken heart.

In 2010, he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a disease that affects the heart, causing it to enlarge.

In February 2011, Smith got the call and flew to Vancouver. The surgery was less than four hours.

Since then Smith has travelled the world and fallen in love, all of which he said wouldn’t be possible without his new heart.

READ MORE: Revelstoke heart recipient gets life and finds love

Revelstoke ladies cook 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

Two Revelstoke ladies decided to cook for charity but had little idea how much demand there would be for meat, rice and tomato wrapped in cabbage.

Jeanie Elrick and Susan Dosot, along with helpers, made 2,200 rolls.

“And that’s if you don’t count the ones we did in our sleep,” said Elrick. They raised $4,000.

The cooking was a fundraiser for Elrick’s grandson, former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising money for ALS.

Tony Volpatti, Jeannie Elrick, Susan Dosot, Aaron Volpatti (L-R). (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

READ MORE: Revelstoke ladies make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

Orphan moose calves rescued near Revelstoke

In June, members of the Revelstoke Paragliding Association rescued two orphaned moose calves. Clover and Chocolate were transported to a wildlife sanctuary near Golden.

Two calfs spent roughly two weeks without their mother before they were rescued by Revelstoke residents and transported to a wildlife sanctuary outside of Golden. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

READ MORE: Two orphan moose calves rescued near Revelstoke

Splash park opens

The long-anticipated Farwell Splash Park opened Aug. 15.

Farwell Splash Park opened Aug. 15.

See more photos: Let there be splash: Revelstoke’s first splash park opens

Woman from Revelstoke launching new NGO to help children in Kenya

Deanna Berarducci started her own non-governmental organization to continue the work she was doing as a volunteer, helping high-risk children.

The name of the organization is Because All Children Matter and it launched in Revelstoke on Sept. 7.

Berarducci will be joined by several of her board members, whom she met while volunteering all over the world.

She first left Revelstoke to volunteer in 2012.

READ MORE: Born and raised Revelstokian launching an NGO to help children in Kenya

Young balloon artist creating smiles

Ainsley Renyard only learned how to balloon tie last June from YouTube, yet it soon became a summer job.

READ MORE: Revelstoke balloon artist does it to make people smile

Four men honoured for saving man’s life

BC Emergency Health Services honoured four Revelstoke residents Sept. 23 for performing CPR on a stranger and potentially saving his life.

“If more people acted like you, deaths for cardiac arrest could drop significantly,” said Kirk Pitaoulis, unit chief for Revelstoke Ambulance Service.

READ MORE: ‘I will be forever grateful’: Revelstoke residents honoured for saving man’s life

Bus driver turns school bus into submarine

Her first Halloween as a bus driver Sonia Cinelli wore a rocket ship dress, the second year she decided to turn her school bus into a jungle ride. This Halloween, her bus became a submarine.

READ MORE: Revelstoke’s Ms. Frizzle turns school bus into submarine

Inclusive hiring award presented at Tim Hortons

On Nov. 6 Donna and Brian Lecompte were recognized for their dedication to equal opportunities for everyone with an Inclusive Hiring Award from Community Living BC.

READ MORE: Revelstoke Tim Hortons recognized with inclusive hiring award



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