May 24, 2011 was the day we physically started our lives without Chase. Our lives will never be the same without our blonde-haired, blue-eyed little boy running up and down the hallways of our house with his cattle trailers, dump trucks and New Holland tractors. I still think about the times when Chase and Cooper would pull out every single quilt in the house and disassemble all the cushions from the couch to build the biggest fort in the living room. I know that I will never get OVER this loss in our lives but we needed to find a way to get THROUGH it.
Little did Chris Danyluk know that the greatest gift she could have given our family in order to cope through all this devastation, was the lesson plan taught to her students on “Paying it Forward.” If any of you have tried to comfort someone who is going through severe trials in their life, or experienced the death of someone close, it sometimes feels impossible to find the right words to say or solution to help them feel better.
The Pay it Forward lesson was not anything money could buy or person would have known to do, it was a concept, that when exercised, brought about such healing from our perspective. The more people that embrace this idea and the more our community pulls together to make a difference, is the times that bring about the most healing to us. It is a concept that brings together every background, age, gender, race, religion, socio-economic status…everyone …and it makes us question, How can I make this world a little nicer for someone else? Now that is healing. I will never stop missing our Chase but I do feel a little better knowing that our community is doing its best to pay it forward for others because of the lesson taught by our very own Canora Elementary School teacher…Chris Danyluk.
Chris Danyluk, Canora’s Pre-Kindergarten teacher was presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education in Ottawa on October 3, 2012. This award is presented to exceptional early childhood educators who help build the foundation that young children need to make the best start in life.
She was selected at the school level, won at the division level and then at the provincial level before this national honor was bestowed upon her. I could not think of a more deserving individual than Chris.
Good teachers help lay the foundation with which we interpret and navigate the world. They make a valuable contribution to Canadians being among the brightest and most innovative citizens in the world. It is a real privilege today to honor educators who have imparted their knowledge and inspiration to us and our children, helping all of us become the best we can be.
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Today’s Thankful Thursday pays tribute to our friend Chris. Thank you Chris for giving our family a gift like no other . . . the gift of healing. To us this is the gift that does not stop giving!
Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?
Submitted by Chase’s mom – Rachel Kraynick