Community means different things to different people, but in PEI communities always rally when the need arises.
The recent search for missing fisherman Jordan Hicken is a testament to the connectedness of Islanders and a need to ease the sorrow of others.
The 22-year old, from Lower Montague, has been missing since he went overboard off a lobster boat in the waters off Naufrage Harbour on May 21.
From the 50 plus fishermen who turned in an instant from their daily task of hauling their catches to help search for the young man the morning tragedy struck to volunteer firefighters and rescue experts, the waters off eastern PEI were teeming with people.
Then when rescue appeared to no longer be an option, those same people and countless others turned their thoughts and actions to helping bring closure to Jordan’s family and friends.
Volunteers with Ground Search and Rescue and countless others combed the shoreline for days and continue to do so.
Evidence of the searcher’s efforts are everywhere - tire treads in the soft mud along every dirt access to the water; footprints and smaller tire treads along the vast stretches of sand amongst the rocky outcrops along the shoreline - they all left their mark.
Most times a walk along a PEI shoreline is rejuvenating and the sound of the waves offer calm. Sadly though of late they echo the deepest of sorrow.