Duncan MacKenzie at Princeton Bike Park.

Duncan MacKenzie at Princeton Bike Park.

Princeton was inspiration to mountain biker

Trail planner Duncan Mackenzie's mother tells about the positive impact Princeton had on her son before he lost his life in an avalanche.

Special to the Spotlight by Luci Mackenzie

I must say that Duncan, during those times when he worked with you and your community,  spoke so highly of all of you.

In his eyes, your love of neighbours and love of community was an inspiration to anyone who witnessed it.

He talked about the volunteers and how he loved working with them more than any other force because volunteers really wanted to be there and worked with heart and soul.

They showed up with smiles, energy and equipment and they were ready to get dirty. He said there is no happier work crew than a volunteer work crew.

I’m not sure if you understand how much of an impact your community spirit had on Duncan. You lifted him up.

I have thought of you all so many times in the last (almost) four months.

You tend to think of the people who made him happy and your whole community made him happy.

Those smiling little faces of the children  made him happy.

We’re trying to keep our focus on all the wonderful influences and experiences he had in his short life and the Princeton community is right up there.  I am so appreciative of that and I thank you all.

I must apologize for not writing sooner – I have thought of you so many times but it’s still so difficult to put my thoughts into words.

I find myself going back to the picture of Duncan and that little boy on their bikes and it warms my heart and makes me smile.

So a big, heartfelt thank you to the whole, wonderful community of Princeton — you are an inspiration.

Duncan’s Ride June 16th, 2012

10 a.m.: Event starts at the Bike Corral. Three different bike rides up at China Ridge for all ages and abilities lead by China Ridge members. Shuttles available for riders.

Contact Lisa lisa.marie.thompson@hotmail.com or Trenna trennamacleod@hotmail.com for details

5 p.m.: Bike Corral barbecue and dedication. Cost is by donation. Potluck items will be appreciated.

Please call Colleen Kunderman at 250-295-3625 if you would like to contribute.

Check out www.chinaridgetrails.com  for more details.

Duncan Mackenzie, 30, lost his life in an avalanche at Casper Creek in December 2011.