Park employees praised for response to skier death

"We could feel the love and care of your staff" - youth group leader

Catherine Schoeman

Catherine Schoeman

First responders and ski staff are being praised for their response last weekend to a fatal ski accident at Manning Park.

Catherine Schoeman, a 15-year-old girl from Abbotsford who was skiing with her church youth group, died after she veered off the hill and struck a number of trees, according to Princeton RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy.

Comments on a Facebook page set up in Schoeman’s memory included thanks to Manning Park staff for their handling of the difficult situation.

“Manning Park has outdone any company in history with victim’s family support,” wrote Andrew Schoeman.

Another poster said that “as some of the youth group leaders, we thank you so much for all of your help. We could feel the love and care of your staff and appreciated all that you did.”

Manning Park manager Mike Barker said the tragedy was emotional and difficult for park employees.

Barker said serious accidents are very rare at the facility.

He declined to comment on details surrounding the incident.

“Our hearts and condolences go out to the young girl’s family,” he said.

 

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