It’s been a year since one of the worst days in Humboldt’s history.
In many ways, our lives have been dominated by its shadow ever since.
There are so many people that had a direct connection to the 29 people on that bus that it’s impossible not to talk about the subject. Even the most innocuous subjects found some connection that made talking about the crash important.
It also doesn’t help there’s an entire world out there that so curious about the Broncos, about Humboldt, that the subject of the crash keeps coming up.
We all remember what we were doing a year ago on April 6 when we heard the news. What’s important to me isn’t that, but where we’ll be a year later.
Will we be able to continue the spirit of co-operation and collaboration that brought us all together in our darkest hour? Will our local charities continue to benefit from an outpouring of support?
Can we tap into the world’s curiosity about Humboldt and turn that into new economic opportunities, as the city is hoping to do?
Will the push to make our highways, truck drivers and buses safer continue?
While we must never forget what happened, it’s now our task as Humboldt Broncos fans, as residents of Humboldt, nay, as residents of east central Saskatchewan, to continue to move forward.
It will be harder for some than for others. We must be mindful that we process traumatic events differently. Yet none of us have to do it alone. We can do it together.
The story of the Humboldt Broncos, the story of Humboldt, is not about a bus crash. Our story is rich, complex and about so much more. It’s that fact we have to focus on as we step out the crash’s shadow and into a new future.