Occupy Castlegar movement short on numbers, long on enthusiasm

For whatever reason, Castlegar has not had an occupy movement such as the ones in Nelson and Vancouver.

Cheryl Holman of Occupy Castlegar stands in front of City Hall.

Cheryl Holman of Occupy Castlegar stands in front of City Hall.

For whatever reason, Castlegar has not had an occupy movement such as the ones in Nelson and bigger cities such as Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto.

However, that all changed on Friday as young mother Cheryl Holman took to marching in front of Castlegar City Hall with placards in hand. Although her occupation did not last long on a cold winter day with two young kids in tow, Holman was glad to prove a point.

“I’m here to bring awareness to the occupy movement that is happening across the world,” she said. “Over 1,000 cities are part of the occupy movement. I’m here personally to stand up for mothers that can no longer afford to stay at home with their children and raise them. I’m here because I want the government to change that.”

Holman has been a stay-at-home mom since May. She says her husband makes a good income at his job at Cominco and yet they still struggle.

“I was trying to be a full-time mom and work part-time. It was impossible,” she said. “That’s what a lot of mothers are forced to do. They don’t have the choice that I have – to stay home with their kids.”

Like her kinfolk in the occupy movement, Holman wants to see change on a large scale.

“I’m here because I want change,” she said. “I want it to change for the better. I’m here doing what I can do make this world change. We need to wake up to what’s going on.

“If we don’t stand up for it now, when will we? I want to stand up for it. I think it’s important. As a mother of two I think it’s important for my children to have a good future.”