St. Andrew’s United Church

St. Andrew’s United Church

Snowboarder admits guilt, agrees to pay for damaged church sign

On March 14, a group of young snowboarders were shredding United Church pow from the alley down to First Avenue when one of their number accidentally demolished the congregation’s big sign.

  • Mar. 23, 2011 7:00 p.m.

On March 14, a group of young snowboarders were shredding United Church pow from the alley down to First Avenue when one of their number accidentally demolished the congregation’s big sign.

The young man marched straight down the hill to city hall to inform them of the mishap and to offer to make amends.

“He was very upset and apologetic,” Lori Karn said.

“He wants to pay for the sign and replace it. We were all impressed by his honesty and his willingness to step up to the plate and take responsibility.”

“We thought this was very good of him,” said Patricia Piper of the United Church. “They certainly could have picked up their boards and left without saying anything.”

The snowboarder spoke with people in the recreation department and also to Darren Albo in public works who directed him to Joan Hanson of the United Church.

Hanson passed the message to Stan Bowcock who, with his wife, originally paid for the sign to the church and had it manufactured.

Bowcock is uncertain how much the cost will be as the designer is on holiday for March break, put a quote will soon be ready.

At that point, the United Church will send the bill to the young man.

“We hope he comes through,” Piper said, “and I really think he will.”