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The key to good service? Don’t think about the tips
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No one likes bad service.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ce
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                                                                                                you’re looking at each table as a
Whether you’re paying top dollar for a                                                          number, you’re never going to get
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special night out or just trying to get a                                                       satisfaction—the number will never be

                                                                                                                                                Catherine                       Arts Days                     October 1
cup of coffee, not getting the time and                                                          high enough! Instead, take satisfaction                                                                       Robson Fair at Robson       to

respect you deserve for patronizing a                                                           from the service itself.                        MacLellan &                     in Jasper                     Park - the green space by
business can be infuriating.                                                                    “The gratification should be in the              Snailhouse                                                    the library
                                                                                                service. If a server can get to a point                                        Sept 24- Artcetera brings      9 a.m. pancake breakfast
But here’s the thing: no one likes giving                                                                                                       September 30, Jasper Legion    the streets of Jasper alive.
                                                                                                where they realize that, they’re going to                                                                     12 p.m. Folk and Blues
bad service, either. It’s not good for the                                                                                                      Show @ 9 p.m.                  Are you a musician, poet,      Stage: Ray Elliot; Dayna
pocketbook, for starters, but more than                                                         make more money than they ever                  Tickets $20 advance, $25 at    juggler, artcetera? Register   Manning and Dave Tolley
that, providing bad service goes against                                                        thought possible,” he said. If you must         the door                       with the Habitat for the                                   Join the Skinny!
                                                                                                do the math, look at the big picture.                                          Arts, 852-4747.                October 2
something in our very constitutions.                                                                                                                                                                          Jasper's Third Annual       The Skinny is seeking a passionate and
Servers want to please people. They                                                             Don’t think bill-to-bill, or even night-to-                                    Sept 27                                                    creative individual to take the lead with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Variety Show
want to give their customers a great                                                            night. Think week-to-week. The small            Full Moon Party                Touched by a Star at           Register 780 852-4747       The Skinny’s advertising and sales.
experience. Sure, they want to take                                                             tips always get balanced out by the big         Sept 12, AthaB                 Habitat for the Arts
                                                                                                                                                                               2 p.m. River of No Return      5:30 p.m. Bowls with        Applicants should have networking and
home some cash to pay the bills and                                                             tips—if your service is consistent, that is.    Free body paint!
                                                                                                                                                                               4 p.m. Emperor Waltz           Soul with Dish Pottery's    relationship-building experience. Position
buy a new bike and save for a trip, but                                                         “People will tip a percentage as soon as                                       6 p.m. The Railrodder          Julie McMath                would be p/t, 5-10 hours/month. Salary +
more servers will tell you they’d rather                                                        they come in the door,” he says. “As a          The Led Zeppelin               7 p.m. A chat with Jasper's    Have dinner and keep the
                                                                                                server you can raise it with great                                             Sandy Robinson about the                                   commission. If you think you want to
get stiffed by a customer or client than                                                                                                         Show                                                          bowl! $20
feel the stress of knowing they’re not                                                          service but it’s a lot easier to lower it.”     Sept 9, 10 Atha B              days when Marilyn Monroe                                   team up, get in touch! Viva The Skinny!
                                                                                                Having said that, don’t ever judge a            $5                             and Bing Crosby walked         6:30 p.m. Cakeoff   852-6540
doing a good job.                                                                                                                                                              our streets during
                                                                                                customer based on what they look                                                                              So you think you can
As the restaurant industry is the                                                                                                                                              downtime from filming.          bake? Judged on taste
lifeblood of Jasper’s economy and the                                                           like. So your 8 p.m. reso walks in
                                                    Service with a smile: Jenna at Earl’s.                                                                                                                    and design
bread and butter of so many young                                                               wearing flip flops and a wolf-howling-           Food Bank                       September 30                                               Math Nerds wanted
                                                                                                at-moon tshirt. Dude’s on vacation! He         To get connected with the       Raven' About the Arts          7 p.m. Variety Show
adults in town, the question for me is:           restaurant dining room warhorse. “Your                                                                                                                                                  The Jasper Library is looking for unique
                                                                                                could be a millionaire who’s sick of           JAsper Food Banks, phone        Awards                         Open stage for musicians,
how do we give good table service? To             body language and your energy is so                                                                                          Sawridge Hotel                                             and candid volunteers for its Human
                                                                                                wearing a suit everyday. Especially in a       852-8800. Food Bank can                                        dancers, jugglers, poets
find out, I talked to a variety of servers,        easily sensed—even subconsciously—if                                                         also be accessed via COS,       $50 black tie event;           Register 780 852-4747       Library, to be held at the Arts with
managers and restauranteurs. Almost                                                             resort town like Jasper, judging based         627 Patricia St. or             amazing food and wine
                                                  you have stress or issues in your mind                                                                                                                                                  Altitude festival in Robson Park on
everyone had interesting tips and                                                               on looks is a dangerous game.                  852-6542.                       pairings
                                                  the customer is going to be able to feel                                                                                                                                                October 1. If you identify with a group
detail-oriented insights—keep water                                                             Finally, when it comes time to do your
                                                  that.” On the flip side, he says. “if you’re
                                                                                                cash out, never take a tip personally.                                                                                                    that is stereotyped or marginalized, and
glasses full, make eye contact, know              in a positive mood and radiating that to
your menu—but one veteran of the                  your guest, the likelihood of having a        There are going to be times when you           Culinary corner: No Spit Buffalo Chili                                                     are willing to talk about it with curious
                                                                                                paired the wine amazingly and you told                                                                                                    individuals, give us a call at
industry boiled it down more succinctly.
Here are some of the tidbits that I
                                                  complaint is low.”
                                                  When you’re working for tips, it’s amazing    the funniest story and you went out of         Whatcha Need                                                                               780-852-3652, or email Janeen at
                                                                                                your way to get a highchair for little          1 lb Ground Buffalo                                     by Chef Tuna
gleaned from my conversation with                 what energy can come across.                                                                                                                                                  
him, who asked to be left unnamed.                Which leads us to the next point: While       Suzie and you delivered more bread              1 cup bacon chopped           Whatcha Do                                                  Examples of who we’re looking for:
                                                                                                than the Bear Paw makes in a day and

One: Leave your s**t at home.                     you’re serving, try to forget the money.                                                      1 large onion diced                                                                       teens, people suffering from mental
Personal problems or stress from your                                                           yet you’ll still get a crappy tip. Then                                       In a large pot, cook the bacon and bison. Then strain out
                                                  Seems counter-intuitive in an industry                                                        2 carrots dice                                                                            illness, punk rockers, police officers,
other job will only detract from your             that pays minimum wage plus tips,             there will be nights when you spilled                                         the fat, and set aside
                                                                                                the wine and forgot the nut allergy and         2 celery stalks dices                                                                     math nerds, addicts, etc.
ability to serve, says this 15-year, 20-          doesn’t it? But the experts agree, if                                                                                       In the pot, sauté all the produce and herbs and spiced,
                                                                                                called your customer’s wife “granny”            1 red, green, and
                                                                                                                                                                              until soft. Then add the meat back in, with the tomato
 The Skinny is a Jasper Community Team program. We aim to                                       and you’ll walk out with 20 per cent. It’s      jalapeno pepper diced
                                                                                                                                                                              paste. Cook for a moment.
 help connect Jasper’s young adult population by highlighting                   r:              the nature of the business.                     1 large can diced
 opportunities to get involved, featuring views, art & perspectives        Edito vey                                                                                          Add the tomatoes, and syrup. And let cook for 30 minutes     Got volunteer ops?
                                                                            Co                  Living in Jasper is a treat. Serving in         tomatoes
 unique to this population & showcasing locals who are doing            Bob                     Jasper is also a treat. Meeting people                                        to 3 hours.                                       
 amazing things with their lives. Comments,
                                                                                                                                                2 cans crushed tomatoes
                                                                 p:            Design           from all over the world and making
 concerns, critiques & shout-outs are always             les Re r      Graphic                                                                  1 can tomato paste                          Chef Tuna is the host of “Cookin with
                                                  Ad/Sa         ke             Gab oury         friendships with your fellow servers and
 welcome. You’ve got ideas. We’d love to                   Tuc          Nicole
 hear them.                                      Jordan                                         getting paid for it is a great gig.             1 lb mushrooms chopped                     ‘SNER”, found on (viewer

                                                                                                                                                4 cloves garlic diced                          discretion is advised). To get your
                                               2100         ocally                              So consider how good you’ve got it,
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                                                                                                                                                chipotle powder and                                                                       To the Rockhoppers! You go
                                                                                                                                                cayenne pepper                                                                            dudes!
   Heather Heine    Karly Savoy           Lisa Riddell                                                                                          1 tbsp thyme, basil,
                    Kai Okasaki           Nicole Gaboury                                                                                                                                                                                  To chef Tuna—most consistent
   Shaun Werbicki                                                                                                                               oregano, bay leaf                                                                         contributor EVER! - BC
   Robert Mortimore Allie Jenkins-Bennett Danny O                                                                                               Salt and pepper
                                                                                                                                                ½ cup maple syrup
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Avoiding ratty tats & icky ink
Underground “scratchers” might seem like an appealing option for a cheap tattoo, but Karly Savoy argues
                                                                                                                                            Bikers’ mission hits home for Jasperite
that the risk of infection, not to mention the risk of a spelling mistake, is reason enough to pay for the pros.                            This September 10 the
Looking to make                                                                                                                             Jasper Rockhoppers will
a statement?                                                                                                                                embark on a 95 km trip
T h e s e d ay s , a p o p u l a r                                                                                                          through the mountains
statement is a tattoo or
body piercing. There have
                                                                                                                                            as members of the
been countless hunger                                                                                                                       Hinton MS Bike Tour.
strikes undertaken by 14-                                                                                                                   This is not your grandma's MS road
year-olds to convince                                                                                                                       ride. This is an adrenaline-packed,
parents to let them alter                                                                                                                   two-day mountain bike tour that
their boring old bodies to be                                                                                                               blazes through the wilderness on
distinct and designed.                                                                                                                      single and double track routes.
Increasingly, body art has                                                                                                                  That's OK though because the
been embraced by all ages.                                                                                                                  Rockhoppers love challenges.
Body art and body                                                                                                                           Team captain Greg Van Tighem has
modification h a s b e e n                                                                                                                  a fundraising goal this year of
around for thousands of                                                                                                                     $50,000. That number may seem
years, as evidenced by                                                                                                                      ambitious, especially considering
artifacts and mummies from                                                                                                                  the myriad of worthy causes in
around the world. Body art             Tattoo professionals like Black Diamond’s Ray Bartley are informed of risks                          competition for fundraising dollars,   Rockhoppers Team Captain Greg Van Tighem is once again raising an
can be used as a protective             and fully outfitted to ensure protection from infection. Bob Covey photo                             but thanks to the astonishing          obscene amount of money in the fight against MS. Help him reach his goal
or therapeutic symbol on                                                                                                                    generosity of Jasperites, the          of $50,000 by September 10. Go to and search his name.
the body, as a symbol of             blood is high unless the Or maybe that pinup girl                     inspection report and the        Rockhoppers have consistently
status or belonging to a             proper precautions are y o u w a n t e d o n y o u r                  last ACTT test results which     been amongst the top fundraising       Greg Van Tighem to make a tax-           high school student whose life
group, or simply as a form of        taken. Hepatitis B and C as forearm looks a lot less like             indicate whether the             teams in the country. If you want to   deductible pledge.                       revolved completely around sports
self-expression.                     well as HIV are easily Marilyn Monroe and a lot                       sterilizing equipment is         keep them there, go to                 This ride is particularly relevant to    to someone who struggles to walk
How far will we go to achieve        transmitted through blood more like a chunky Barbie.                  working properly. If you are and search         readers of The Skinny because            50 feet with a cane. However,
this artistic expression? While      and        have        s e r i o u s Do yourself a favour and         going for a piercing, a                                                 Canada has the highest rate of           through it all, one thing has kept
a practiced and certified            consequences for your check out the parlour and                       needle is the way to go, a                                              Multiple Sclerosis in the world,         me sane and that is a steadfast
professional can ensure a            health including liver disease artist before committing to            piercing gun is not only                                                Alberta has the highest rate of MS in    belief that someday a cure will be
perfectly safe tattoo, because       and cancer as                                       a tattoo or       traumatizing for you but

                                                                                                                                                                                   Canada, and the 20-40 age group          found.
the skin is punctured to             well as AIDS.                                       piercing. Ask     also for your ear.                                                      has the highest rate of anyone. This     In the meantime, my friends and
produce the desired artwork          Hepatitis C                                         to see your       A safe parlour will be happy                                            disease most often strikes young         family have played the crucial role
or jewelry, there are many           could live on                                       a r t i s t ’ s   to show you the steps they                                              people just beginning to find their       of not letting the fact I have MS
risks involved in tattooing          your friends’          Your ode to your             portfolio.        take to ensure safety for you                                           place in the world.                      define me as a person. People like
and piercing. Having a               carpet or            favourite pet Sweet C h e c k t o                and for themselves. Your                                                In writing this article, I didn’t have   the Jasper Rockhoppers and their
friend or a home-based               wooden table Pea turned out to be m a k e s u r e                     artist should not be                                                    to research all of these statistics. I   many supporters keep me
shop do the job is tempting          for up to a a magnified “Sweet                      the space is      offended if you ask                                                      have them all memorized because I        confident that it’s not a matter of if
for saving your hard-earned

                                     week.                Pee” covering your             clean, that       questions about their                                                   was diagnosed with MS in 2005. At        but a matter of when a cure will
cash, but you might end up           Add to this that             lower back.            the artist        practice.                                                               the time, I was 19-years-old, just       arrive.
paying a much higher price           you trusted                                         wears gloves,     Sometimes getting good                                                  entering college. I was terrified that    In the spirit of The Skinny’s current
in the end if you end up             someone to                                          and that all      service means you have to                                               this thing called MS would ruin my       issue, I wish I could describe just
with a nasty infection.              give you your                                       equipment is      take the initiative. Do it for                                          life.                                    how big of a “service” these people
Amateurs or “scratchers” are         v e r y f i r s t p u b l i c a n d sterilized in an autoclave or     your body, do it for your                                               I graduated four years later and it      have done for me by giving me
rarely properly informed or          p e r m a n e n t f a s h i o n is disposable and all needles         health. Do it for Sweet Pea.                                            hasn’t managed to ruin my life yet.      hope. However, I don’t think there
outfitted to ensure                  statement or ode to your are taken out of a sterile                                                                                           That is not to say that physically, MS   are enough pages in The Skinny for
                                                                                                           Karly Savoy is the Prevention
protection from infection.           favourite pet “Sweet Pea” and package for one time use                                                                                        hasn’t taken its best shot. It has, in   that.
                                                                                                           and Education Coordinator
Needles are used in both             i t t u r n e d o u t t o b e a then disposed of in a sharps          for HIV West Yellowhead.                                                fact, taken a huge toll on my body.      Allie Jenkins-Bennett is a young
tattooing and piercing, so           m a g n i fi e d “ S w e e t P e e” container. You can also ask                                         The author, Allie Jenkins-Bennett                                               adult in Jasper.
                                                                                                                                            Rob Mortimore photo                    I've gone from an extremely active
risk of infection through            covering your lower back. to s e e th e l a s t h e a l th
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                                                                                                                                                            PRESENTS:   2 shrewd dudes                  By Bob Covey

Serving Time?
Recently, a large number of young adults in Jasper have signed up to work with CN. Those long hours, nights with
no sleep, family sacrifices...all for the eventual ticket to freedom: the CN pension. Bob Covey asked: In a town
where it’s all about the lifestyle, does working for the railroad constitute serving time?
                                             to pull in a steady income. So tough,            Plus, Gramsma points out, being a rookie
                                             evidently, that young adults are flocking        means you’re on the spare board, which
                                             t o t h e l a r g e e m p l o y e r, C N , i n   means the hours don’t stack up too
                                             unprecedented numbers. You probably              badly. “I have more time off now than I
                                             know more than a few people who’ve               did before, it’s just not all in a row,” he
                                             made the transition.                             said.
                                             Tanya Broadfoot is one such person. As a         Broadfoot, who said it may be her
                                             female, she’s definitely in the minority in      newness that gives her a rose-tinted
                                             the rail yard, but like Gramsma, she sees        perspective, added that so far the job and
                                             security and consistency in donning the          her co-workers have been great. “You see
                                             blue collar.                                     parts of the province you’d never see
 Choo-choo choosing CN: Gramsma
                                             “I needed to figure out how to stay in           otherwise,” she said.
                                             Jasper without having to stress,” she said.      Time will tell if the doe-eyedness wears
“With limited education, CN                  A former server and mother of a                  off, but for now, neither Broadfoot nor
is basically a young person’s                teenager, Tanya said the switch to CN            Gramsma look at their new gig as
only option here.”                           has taken a financial weight off of her          “serving time.”
                                             shoulders, but represents a total lifestyle      “I miss talking to people from around the
So says Shawn Gramsma, a 30-year-old
                                             change.                                          world,” Tanya recalled from serving. “But I
Jasperite who’s worked his fair share of
                                             “They pay very well but it’s odd hours,”         don’t miss stressing about not paying the
retail gigs in town, living paycheque to
                                             she said. “They don’t pussyfoot around           bills because we were dead in the winter.”
paycheque and getting nowhere in terms
                                             the fact that you have to be prepared to
of saving for the future. Having signed up
                                             work at all hours of the night.”
with CN four years ago, Gramsma says
                                             With so much emphasis placed on living
he’s happy to leave the penny-pinching
                                             the lifestyle in Jasper—dropping
                                             everything to go for a bike ride; calling in
“To live comfortably in Jasper, you can
                                             “powder” to miss a day of work in the
go to CN or to the mine,” he says,
                                             winter—one wonders if the pay is worth
admitting that working for the Hinton-
                                             it. Don’t people live here to enjoy their
based Obed mine and living in Jasper
                                             time playing, not working?
would actually contradict the National
                                             “You do sacrifice your time and your life,
Park Act, which says people living in
                                             but the freedom of knowing I can put
Jasper must work here.
                                             away money for my kid, plus the
But the point remains: with a high cost of
                                             potential of buying a home is worth it,”
housing in Jasper and the boom-and-
                                             she said.
bust economy of a resort town, it’s tough
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The Skinny Salutes: Jasper Victims
                                                                                                                                          l Grilled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with Chef Tuna

Services Advocate Tammy Wegmuller
                                                                                                                                                                                          about what a fruit or meat should look        really make it seem like you care. “Oh
                                                                                                                                          The Service Industry,                           like, and in sales as to what something       really? That’s really neat!” “Oh ya, I hear
                                                                                                                                          it’s the life blood of                          should cost, is totally obscure and           that is a wild one!” “No way! Haha that
                                                                                                                                                                                          right out to lunch. However, your job         does seem like a great time!" We’ve all
                                                                                                                                          this town, yet she’s a                          in the service industry is to make them       said it, and it feels awful, but
                                                                                                                                                                                          FEEL like they are right. I can’t tell you    sometimes that’s what you gotta do.
                                                                                                                                          cruel mistress.                                 how many times I have had a steak
                                                                                                                                          As a trained professional cook, who             come back because it was under                Now for the people out there NOT in
                                                                                                                                          has spent a few years working in the            cooked, re-plated it with a few more          the service industry…. The people
                                                                                                                                          industry, I can definitely take this topic       fries and a new garnish, and then have        here serving your drink, making your
                                                                                                                                          several different directions. Working            a “compliment to the chef” because            food, cutting your deli meat, baking
                                                                                                                                          the departments (bakery primarily) of           the “second” steak was perfect (of            your bread, pouring your coffee,
                                                                                                                                          the ol’ IGA, to my time in kitchens, all        course that’s not always the case, if         selling or delivering your whole sale
                                                                                                                                          the way to the sales and distribution           something is actually wrong, any              groceries…. They are mothers, fathers,
                                                                                                                                          side of it, I have definitely taken my           dedicated cook, server, sales rep, clerk      sisters, brothers…. traveling youth,
                                                                                                                                          kicks doing anything to kiss @$$ to             or attendant will definitely fix any            students, and local kids trying to make
                                                                                                                                          customers and clients. So I am sitting          problem and hang their head in                a buck. These are passionate, skilled,
                                                                                                                                          here, as per usual, crushin a 'Sner,            shame),                                       and hardworking people. So please,
                                                                                                                                          thinking about what to write about,             Making customers happy can be                 treat them as such. You don’t have to
                                                                                                                                          without offending or scaring you, or             difficult at the best of times, and             leave a 75 per cent tip, but talking to
                                                                                                                                          being over-cynical (good thing I'm out          there are people out there who live off        your server in a kind manner is
                                                                                                                                          of whiskey).                                    the thrill of the self believed lie that      another way to make their day a bit
                                                                                                                                          “The Customer is Always Right”                  they are better then anyone who has           easier. Offer your plumber a drink.
                                                                                                                                          That’s what we are told, and live by as         to provide service to them. But you           Make eye contact when you’re dealing
                                                                                                                                          customers. Well, all you service                have to suck it up once and a while           with people trying to help you. Try to
                                                                                                                                          industry workers, let me tell you a             and do what you have to do to make            make our community just a little bit
                                                                                                                                          secret: Ain’t True! Some of the stuff            every person you see feel like they           closer, kinder, and easier to take.
                                                                                                                                          that comes out of people, at                    were served well. Fire on a nice smile,       Chef Tuna is the host of “Cookin with
                                                                                                                                          restaurants about what they “think” a           nod your head in agreeance, and               ‘SNER”, found on YouTube
                                                                                                                                          dish should have been like, at stores

                                                                                                                                          The Danny O Experiment Part 3
                                                                                                                                            Danny O is 20. He’s from Australia, he works for one of the
                                                                                                                                            hotels and he’s starting to get to know what Jasper is really
Unheralded, but never unappreciated: Tragedy can strike at any time. When it does, we often                                                 like. Join us as we follow this creature as he enters month
think: thank goodness it wasn’t us. In doing so, we are following our natural instinct to avoid sadness, heartbreak                         five of his Jasper experience. It’s an attempt to see a young
and upset. However, as trained personnel to assist victims of crime or trauma, Jasper Victims Services Advocates                            adult up close, a chance to prod and to pry. And it ain’t pretty.
have a different reaction. They ask if they can help.
                                                                                                                                          ...Week 13: Danny O so cold        this young adult has spent
Advocates might help family                 Ta m my We g m u l l e r, th e n , i s n o   Victims Services Advocates typically do          “I’m not used to all this cold,”   much of his time in the last
                                            exception. “Tammy knows how to               about 80 hours of on-line training. An
members cope in the immediate               interact with people, she’s got great        extensive security clearance is also
                                                                                                                                          whimpered Danny to his             month under cover. Not like
aftermath of an accident or death,                                                                                                        documenter on a blazing            a spy, we’re talking under
                                            interpersonal skills,” Schmidt says. “She    fairly arduous. Once they’re accredited,         hot day in early September.        blankets. He got a serious
they might help make logistical
                                            wants to take calls, and she’s stepped       Advocates can take calls on their own,           “Well, it was cold the other       case of the chills in about
arrangements for transport,
                                            up in pretty difficult times.”                 but Schmidt says the normal process is           day,” he decided.                  week 14 so to cut to the
accommodation or meals, or they
                                            We g m u l l e r wo rk s i n t h e H R       to team up.                                      In soaking up the Jasper           chase, we’ve skipped the              September cuz he slept         in Lac Beauvert; eating at
might just lend a compassionate ear.
                                            department at the Fairmont Jasper Park       “It’s difficult work. The call can come at         lifestyle, Danny O has been        weekly journaling and gone            through August!                Subway and NorthFace.
Paul Schimdt, Jasper Victims Services
                                            Lodge. She said it was her desire to         any time,” Schmidt said.                         like a bear recently—              straight to the monthly highs         Month highlights: Blink 182    Lowlights: Spending all his
Unit Coordinator, says if there’s a
                                            contribute to her community—where            F o r s e r v i n g o u r c o m m u n i ty s o   hibernating! Perhaps due to        and lows. Here’s hoping               Concert in Edmonton; Barely    money on Blink 182, the
characteristic that all of his volunteer
                                            she’s lived for 18 years—that first gave      selflessly, The Skinny thanks Tammy               malnutrition, perhaps              Danny makes good on some              Sober Pub Crawl; getting a     Barely Sober Pub Crawl, a
advocates share, it’s that they’re caring
                                            her the inspiration to connect with          and all of the JVSU Advocates. BC                because he’s from Australia,       of what Jasper has to offer in         new guitar; putting his feet   new guitar and fast food. BC
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JPP, Coco’s, Cassio’s serve up top donations                                                                                                               What are the best and most
        By Kai Okasaki
Servers Against AIDS
                                     cards, and posters and
                                     because of the promotion,                                                                                   asked:    challenging aspects of serving?
Day allows those who                 customers often leave a                                                                                                                                                                                  Victoria
                                     generous tip—more than
work in the serving                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gillot, 17,
                                     they would have—for the
industry to support a                participating servers. Many                                                                                                                                                                             server at:
good cause. It’s a chance            businesses in town match                                                                                                                                                                                 Smitty’s
for servers to do something          what their servers raise to                                                                                                                                                                           The Best Parts:
meaningful for people living         double the donation, and it                                                                                                                                                                           Meeting new
with HIV/AIDS. Participants          also serves as a friendly                                                                                                                                                                             people, learning.
generously donate half or            competition between local                                                                                                                                                                             “There are a lot
more of their tips from the          restaurants.
day, which are then divided                                                                                                                                                                                                                of interesting,
                                     This year servers at more
between HIV West                                                                                                                                                                                                                           semi-crazy
                                     than a dozen restaurants and
Yellowhead and the Stephen           bars participated in the event                                                                                                                                                                        people around.”
Lewis Foundation. While              and raised a total of                                                                                                                                                                                 The Worst Parts:
                                                                      The Coco’s Café crew joined Jasper Pizza Place and                                                                                                                   “People with no
servers might be reading this        $3,462.91 to go towards local
and thinking “that’s crazy!”                                          Cassio’s as top fundraisers for Servers Against AIDS Day.                                                                                                            manners.”
                                     and global HIV education
it’s actually an easy way to         and prevention.
make a difference.                    The top three fundraising        when the campaign gets          businesses who take part in         Jenna Ronnie, server at: earl’s
H I V We s t Ye l l o w h e a d      businesses were Jasper           served up again, HIV West       Servers Against AIDS Day!           The Best Parts: Meeting people from all over the place
provides the advertisements,         Pizza Place, Coco’s Café,        Yellowhead hopes you will       Kai Okasaki is the Volunteer        The Worst Parts: Unpredictable sales and dead times.
ta bl e c a rd s , ta ke - h o m e   and Cassio’s. Next July,         either participate or dine at   Coordinator for HIVWY

Use your smarts and serve some good
For those of you who have a hard time
fitting sporadic volunteer commitments
into your schedule but still want to give
back, serving on a board of directors
might be for you. Serving on a board of
directors can be an awesome learning
opportunity and—surprise!—it can also
be fun.
Typically, boards are required to meet
regularly throughout the year and help
discuss the framework of a non-profit            Community Team—the group gets to           pull off on their own. Some want to give
agency or group. While that might not           see their ideas come to fruition every     back to an organization that does good
sound like the bees’ knees to someone           month with the publication of the          things in the community. Others have           Jeff Smith, 35, server at: the whistle stop
who’d rather go cloud-watching on No            magazine. It’s a great club if you have    different reasons, but what’s often             The Best Parts: Meeting new people from all over the Jenn Curry, 24, server at: The Other Paw
Prolly Beach, if you consider the vast          an interest in empowering young            overlooked are the personal benefits            place. The social atmosphere.The Worst Parts:”Geoff Fox The Best Parts: Talking to people from all over the
array of groups and organizations that          people in our community, a flair for        from such service. Of course there’s that      on a bender.”                                          world. “It’s nice to know how they feel about Canada.”
exist in a community such as Jasper,            networking, an appetite for creative       warm fuzzy feeling, but consider the                                                                  The Worst Parts: The lose=lose rush. ”When theres’s
you can quickly match your interests            writing or just an appetite—we do serve    experience gained: A stint on a board                                                                 too many people to serve, they’re unhappy and you’re
and start contributing in a way that has        food, you know!                            can help you down the road if you have                                                                unhappy. You feel bad, you want them to have a good
meaning for you.                                Other boards deal with other stuff. The     ambitions to enter the spheres of                                                                     experience here.”
Like what, you ask? Well, not to be too         board for the Jasper Film Club discusses   politics, management or activism.
self-serving but The Skinny has a               —you guessed it—films. More                 Knowing how to conduct a proper
board of cool dudes and dudettes who            specifically, they work together to plug    meeting helps get your resume to the                                                            Brittany Voynich, 22, server at: O’Shea’s
meet regularly to talk about upcoming           film culture into Jasper’s art scene. The   top of the pile. And having a greater                                                           The Best Parts: The money, meeting new people. “You meet
editions, plan events and generally             board for the Jasper Heritage Folk and     cause to ponder will make your cloud-                                                           people from all around the world. It can be very enlightening.”
provide a sounding board for ideas.             Blues Society puts their energy into       watching hobby all the more significant.                                                        The Worst Parts: Miscommunications, especially at breakfast.
While technically an advisory board—            enhancing Jasper’s music tableau.          Serving on a board isn’t something to be
                                                                                                                                                                                           “It’s the hardest time to serve. People complain about their eggs,
meaning resolutions ultimately have to          Some people serve on a board to            afraid of. Look at it as a social function
pass by the good folks at the Jasper
                                                                                                                                                                                           they want more coffee...Mornings can be harder than fine
                                                collaborate on something they couldn’t     with a higher purpose and get involved.
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