by Lucie Roy
The Rotary Club of Morinville received a $5000 cheque through the Town of Morinville’s Family and Community Support Services Department. Councillor Gordon Putnam made the presentation on behalf of the Town to Gordon Boddez on behalf of the Rotary Club.
Last September the Rotary held a signing ceremony in partnership with Sturgeon School Division, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, and the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers & Big Sisters (BGCBBBS) of Edmonton to undertake a student mentorship program for students in Morinville and the surrounding community.
The program has been running since the start of this year.
Rotary member Gordon Boddez, Director for Vocational Services, said part of the vision is to extend the program to Camilla School in Riviere Qui Barre in a year or two and also to Alexander First Nation.
The partners believe children with mentors in their lives are more likely to finish school, less likely to turn to alcohol and drugs, and more likely to have a better relationship with their parents as well as their peers.