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Meli Berends, who fea­tures in our Page 4 story, is an amaz­ing and in­spir­ing young woman.

The UCOL pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dent was awarded for a series of self-por­traits show­ing her own jour­ney with breast can­cer.

Not only does it show that it’s pos­si­ble to tri­umph over this pro­lific and hor­ri­ble dis­ease, but it shows how brave this young woman was when go­ing through some­thing not many young peo­ple are af­fected by.

That is some­thing else to take away from her pho­tos and story - that young peo­ple can in­deed be af­fected.

Her ded­i­ca­tion to bring­ing aware­ness is ad­mirable.

I hope ev­ery­one en­joyed the long Labour Week­end break, es­pe­cially while the great weather lasted.

It looks like those who took a ride on the spooky Hal­loween train had a fright­fully good time. Hope­fully the rain holds off for the next few train trips as well.

- Lisa

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