It almost goes without saying that unless there were dedicated people like Sidney’s Kris Sanderson, all the news that’s fit to print just might not get read.
This week is International Carrier Appreciation Week and Black Press is paying tribute to their hard work.
Sanderson, who lives in Summergate Village, has been delivering the Peninsula News Review since 2002 and still loves doing it.
“I tell people that I’ve been doing it for five years,” she laughed.
Sanderson said she first got involved with paper delivery when her daughter started a paper route. She said she wanted her daughter to get outside and get her first experience in a job. When that eventually ended, Sanderson said she kept the paper route.
“It’s a good walk,” she said. “There’s great scenery this time of year and I’m out seeing friends and connecting with my community.”
The route takes her anywhere from an hour-and-a-half to two hours — that’s delivering just shy of 240 newspapers to her neighbours.
“People here love to get the paper. They have their tea or coffee in the morning and read the paper, check out the flyers and see what’s going on in the community.”
A typical delivery day for Sanderson starts early. Delivery drivers drop off paper bundles and she’s off to the homes that want their PNR.
“I am always saying ‘hi’ to other people up early. And when I’m really up early on a Friday, people know I’m getting ready to go fishing.”
The work also helps the memory, she said. A carrier has to know which homes get the paper and which do not, where the addresses are and where customers want their papers delivered. Sanderson said she’s never had any odd requests — people just like to know their paper will be delivered safe and dry.
It’s thanks to people like Sanderson that this paper finds itself in your hands. The PNR is glad they are out there.