Not only do we find peace and strength in the mountains, but we find them in our friends too. Like a mountain, friends provide a strong foundation to stand on: lifting us up when we need encouragement and challenging us to be our best selves. Both inspire us to explore and create when we feel adventure and joy. When we’re feeling down or confused, both bring comfort and often, the answers. And like mountains, we all have friends that make us feel happy.
Banffite Jane MacKenzie is one of those friends.
Furthermore, she is there when you need her and always ready to offer her help. For example, MacKenzie drives her 93-year-old friend Paddy Mulloy to Canmore twice a week for Mulloy’s Tai Chi classes, without fail.
“Jane is one of my favourite empowering friends in the Bow Valley’s close-knit community. She is a leading lady in her daily working life and as is the case, the busiest people make the time to walk the talk,” Mulloy explains.
Along with Tai Chi, MacKenzie also trains friends in Reiki, all while brightening her customer’s days at Safeway.
“Jane gives freely of her time in many ways to the community,” friend Connie Brill says. “From a helping hand with a school project to helping various seniors get to events or appointments, she is a calm smiling spirit. Her smile and care for each of her customers at Safeway exemplify customer service and genuine hospitality.”
In Banff for more than 30 years, MacKenzie and her husband raised their four kids in the mountains, where she enjoys cross-country skiing and attending spin classes. Which is what she likes most about her fellow Banffites — that they’re physically active and upbeat. In fact, the people are what she likes most about Banff in general.
“I love the people here, the atmosphere and the feeling of celebration. I love that Banff is a happy place and a busy place filled with positive people.”