By Colleen Flanagan, Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News
Kristi Blakeway had no idea that one-day school outing would turn into a decade-long program of helping the homeless on the Downtown Eastside.
But on Nov. 30, Blakeway, principal of Laity View elementary in Maple Ridge, will be marking the milestone with a new book, called Beyond Hello: Rekindling the Human Spirit One Conversation at a Time.
”I am a planner, so I write lists for everything. So when we had our very first field trip, I scheduled it to start at noon and end at 3 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2009. But we haven’t ended yet,” said Blakeway. “It’s definitely spiralled into more than I imagined.”