A Squamish local wants to educate the Sea to Sky corridor on Lyme disease.

Kelly Jenson is a local teacher that wants to spread awareness. Jenson wrote to Mayor and Council asking that May be designated ‘Lyme Awareness Month’, a request that was granted in this week’s council meeting. She says that “this is an important piece that Squamish needs as a part of our outdoor recreation. Education is coming our way in town through this Lyme [disease] awareness campaign for the month of May.”

Jenson says spring is where we see a resurgence of ticks (that cause the disease), and they are high in number in the region, although they can be found year-round. She’s working with the Squamish Public Library to start a resource collection on Lyme disease, as well as with staff at the Sea to Sky School District to inform teachers of what it’s like to be a student with the disease. More events are also in the pipeline but still have to be confirmed.

Jenson will be at the Squamish Farmers Market to answer questions the public may have on the disease. You can find federal government information on the disease here and information from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation here.


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