February 26, 2016

“Oil People Helping Oil People" assists fellow Albertans in grim times

Rebel Staff
 

In the quintessential Alberta town of Brooks, about two hours east of Calgary, there is a woman on a mission to make her town better.

Her name is Kelly Banush. I met her and her friends, Tracy Joy and Pamela Steele, at the local coffee shop that doubled as their office this Wednesday afternoon.

Kelly has just set up a non profit organization called “Oil People Helping Oil People” to address the challenges she was seeing in her small town since the Alberta economy has tumbled into recession. Kelly told me she’s trying to take care of oil patch families who have lost their jobs, their benefits and who are now falling through the cracks.

Kelly wants to address the nutritional, transportation and health care needs of struggling oil patch families through the distribution of grocery, gas and pharmacy gift cards.

Oil People Helping Oil People (OPHOP) is a volunteer organization of local Brooks residents who are lending their unique skills to Kelly, among them a municipal politician, a graphic artist and an accountant. It’s an eclectic group of local women who saw a unique need in their community and stepped up to fill the gap.

OPHOP is now accepting donations through their website at helpingoilpeople.org.

Kelly is hoping to create a model that can be rolled out to other communities across the province.

Let’s never forget who we are. Kelly Banush didn’t. We are Albertans and anyone who underestimates us does not understand us. We are innovators. We are wealth creators and we are survivors. We will get through these trying times ahead and we will do it together.

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commented 2016-02-28 20:45:41 -0500
Now we have someone with heart! Not like Notley and thugs! Thank you Kelly and ladies who are opening their heart to ‘HELP’ not to put down like what the government of Notley is doing! Shame on you NDP’s! Soon you will be booted out and every Alberetans will remember all of your wrong doings to us!
commented 2016-02-28 16:40:54 -0500
Great to see communities coming together and helping each other through difficult times. God bless, keep up the good work.
commented 2016-02-28 06:02:30 -0500
Oil is boom and bust. These people should have saved more.

But it’s very good to see that the community is standing up for them despite their poor choices. That is what good people do.
commented 2016-02-28 02:14:44 -0500
The first thing to do is obvious: cast no vote for a woman.

Women are natural parasites and thoughtlessly compliant. Notley is all the proof you need.
commented 2016-02-26 20:39:44 -0500
Love the optimism. We will get through this and hopefully teach everyone a lesson. Don’t vote for these parasites again
commented 2016-02-26 20:26:37 -0500
Yes I have met oil people.

If you think I was criticizing oil people, then you missed the point completely.
commented 2016-02-26 19:23:25 -0500
Can’t count on Notley.

Her bubble is so thick, so encompassing, she has no idea how idiotic she looks.

She’s in for a rude awakening.
commented 2016-02-26 19:22:22 -0500
Having lived in Alberta ll my life and being surrounded by “rich oilmen” all the time, I can safely say that they are a far more caring and giving people than most. My guess is that Sam Young has never been around oilmen much in his life and just assumes they are as selfish as the people he knows.
commented 2016-02-26 19:13:01 -0500
we need a parallel industry in this province like manufacturing to pick up the slack when oil falls, not band aid solutions. if we started high tech manufacturing for industrial, military and space technology including manufacture of electronic parts, CNC, robotics and super computers this alone could carry our economy through any recession while at the same time we are still producing oil. this is not hard to understand. we keep falling into this stupid boom bust trap and it has to stop.
commented 2016-02-26 18:43:59 -0500
Me thinks Sam has never really met a “rich oilman”.
commented 2016-02-26 18:14:41 -0500
Reading your spoof made my day. I hope many more people get to read your post.
commented 2016-02-26 18:08:24 -0500
Sam Young: Was the hell was the oil man using a snowmobile on water and wouldn’t it have sunk if it ran out of gas? I think you meant sea doo.
commented 2016-02-26 18:05:40 -0500
Sam Young commented 17 mins ago

Good story, but it needed to be made realistic

The Alberta Bureaucrat and the Ski-Doo.
By C/M.
With apologies to Sammy
Dedicated to Sheila Gunn-Reid.

Once upon a time in Alberta, there was a bureaucrat. He was born into a land of wealth, but not everybody there was rich. The bureaucrat was lucky, as he was able to land himself into a well paying job that required no effort to perform. There were also blue collars in this land. They worked for lower wages, doing jobs like rough-neck, pounding nails, flipping burgers and pumping gas, to pay taxes for the bureaucrat. As the bureaucrat was wealthy, he could buy himself many things, and that included a ski-doo.

The blue collars wanted to enjoy themselves on the lake too, but were unable to afford anything expensive after giving to charity and paying taxes. So instead, they pooled together what little money they had, and bought themselves a dingy. When the blue collars rowed their dingy out to the lake, the bureaucrat laughed at them. The bureaucrat laughed at how cheap the dingy was, and boasted how much better his ski-doo was. The bureaucrat laughed, as he rode circles around the blue collars, neglecting to thank them for their taxes that supported him and splashing water at them.

One day, while the rich bureaucrat was out on the lake, his ski-doo ran out of gas. He saw the blue collars in the dingy, and called out for help. The blue collars, being true to their Albertan beliefs, offered to let the rich bureaucrat onto the dingy and said that the rich bureaucrat could even help with the paddling. The rich bureaucrat was offended at the idea of sharing a dingy and having to row. The rich bureaucrat told the blue collars that he is used to riding his expensive ski-doo, and demanded that the blue collars go bring him some gas. The blue collars asked the rich bureaucrat why he did not pay attention to how much gas he had left. The rich bureaucrat said that was their job, as he was busy having fun. The blue collars suggested to the rich bureaucrat that if he did not want to ride in the dingy, then he could swim himself to the shore that was not all that far away, because to bring him gas would make him a hypocrite as he was opposed to fossil fuels. Once again, the rich bureaucrat felt offended, and said that he was allowed to be a hypocrite because he was a socialist living off the blue collars.

Nightfall came, and nobody came to give the rich bureacrat some gas. Not wanting to bring himself down to a lifestyle that was beneath him, and realizing that the blue collars only existed to help him, the rich bureaucrat decided that he would accept the ride provided the blue collars did all the work paddling.

The next day, the blue collars paddled out to the ski-doo to bring it back to shore. They found out that the numb-nut of a bureaucrat was so incapable, that he had not used the gasoline in the auxiliary can. They also shook their heads in wonder that the numb-nut bureaucrat though the ski-doo was a water vehicle. So the blue collars took the ski-doo to Tumbler Ridge and had fun. The rich bureaucrat went whining to Joe Greasy who doubled the tax on the blue collars so the rich bureaucrat could become the rich, rich bureaucrat.

The End.
commented 2016-02-26 17:32:02 -0500
The Oil Man and the Ski-Doo.
By Sam Young.
With apologies to E.H.
Dedicated to Sheila Gunn-Reid.

Once upon a time in Alberta, there was a rich oil man. He was born into a land of wealth, but not everybody there was rich. The oil man was lucky, as he was able to land himself into a well paying job. There were also poor people in this land. They worked for minimum wage, doing jobs like flipping burgers and pumping gas, often times, for the oil man. As the oil man was wealthy, he could buy himself many things, and that included a ski-doo.

The poor people wanted to enjoy themselves on the lake too, but were unable to afford anything expensive. So instead, they pooled together what little money they had, and bought themselves a dingy. When the poor people rowed their dingy out to the lake, the oil man laughed at them. The oil man laughed at how cheap the dingy was, and boasted how much better his ski-doo was. The oil man laughed, as he rode circles around the poor people, splashing water at them.

One day, while the rich oil man was out on the lake, his ski-doo ran out of gas. He saw the poor people in the dingy, and called out for help. The poor people offered to let the rich oil man onto the dingy and said that the rich oil man could even help with the paddling. The rich oil man was offended at the idea of sharing a dingy and having to row. The rich oil man told the poor people that he is used to riding his expensive ski-doo, and demanded that the poor people go bring him some gas. The poor people asked the rich oil man why he did not pay attention to how much gas he had left. The rich oil man said that he did not have enough time, as he was busy having fun. The poor people suggested to the rich oil man that if he did not want to ride in the dingy, then he could swim himself to the shore that was not all that far away. Once again, the rich oil man felt offended, and said that he would not use any means of transportation that was beneath that of a ski-doo.

Nightfall came, and nobody came to give the rich oil man some gas. Not wanting to bring himself down to a lifestyle that was beneath him, the rich oil man decided that he would be better off dead. So he chose to drown himself that night.

The next day, the poor people paddled out to the ski-doo to bring it back to shore. They sold the ski-doo, and shared the money with all the other poor people. Everybody lived happily ever after. Nobody even remembers the rich oil man.

The End.
commented 2016-02-26 16:59:46 -0500
It is nice to have a good news story once in a while. Kelly and her group are what happens when they see a need and then do something tangible about it; as opposed to setting up an inquiry like our Government would.

Only fear I have about this brilliant initiative is that the Non-Democratic Party junior staffers that are assigned to monitor this web-site heard about the food and gas cards and will report them to Finance Minister Joe Greasy, who will then tax the hell out of those cards along with the pro bono work in kind.
commented 2016-02-26 16:59:32 -0500
Sheila, thanks for giving us this glimpse of real Albertans unlike the NDP and their out-of-province couldn’t care less socialist mercenaries.
commented 2016-02-26 16:27:05 -0500
Canada needs more people like you Kelly.
commented 2016-02-26 16:21:32 -0500
It is good to see people helping people.
commented 2016-02-26 16:11:26 -0500
Thank you Kelly for being a modern day re-incarnation of exactly the sort of person and community that literally built Alberta 100 plus years ago!