A new Facebook group hopes to reconnect long-gone Flin Flonners with friends and family members.
The People of Flin Flon Search page has provided a platform for both current and former Flin Flonners to locate people from their pasts, strengthening bonds and spurring memories of better times.
Steven Ross started the page earlier this year and serves as its administrator. He said he started the group so people who grew up in Flin Flon could conveniently get back in touch with people from their past.
“It started because I wanted to reconnect with others, so if I did, I figured others did too,” said Ross.
“I had a few ideas before I decided this was the right format for the group.”
Comments on the page are unlike other community pages – instead of anger or personal attacks, commenters share stories, information and memories with others and the original poster. At least eight people used the page to reconnect with now-distant friends and family in the past two weeks alone.
In addition, users have uploaded photos of notable Flin Flon locations - Foster Park, the Big Island Drive-In, the smoke stack at Hudbay and roadside attractions and memorials, just to name a few - to help jog the memories of people who haven’t been back to Flin Flon in decades.
“The growth was slow at first but is steadily expanding now. I think people are positive in the group and I have had good feedback so far,” Ross said.
Ross isn’t worried about making the page grow – rather, he just hopes people can use it to locate long-lost friends and to find information they may not be able to find elsewhere.
“The group is still small, but we will see what becomes of it. If it doesn’t grow much more, that’s okay. It’s connecting with others now. It’s very cool to see others from town,” he said.
“Of course, the more people from Flin Flon that join, the better the results in reconnecting with other people that you have lost contact with. The aim is to keep it family-friendly and catch up on the past or share memories.”
Ross is relying on word of mouth to spread knowledge of the page, including the recommendations of satisfied users who have used the page successfully.
“I guess to see where it goes from here. I just put it out there and we’ll see,” he said regarding growing the page.