It has been many years since a local family worried endlessly whether their daughter was going to make it or not. Today that young woman, Kali MacDonald, has a busy life. She finishes school at Morinville Community High School this month, works at the Morinville Sobeys, and spends time singing with her sister as one-half of the MacKs. But as she goes about an active daily life, she remains the starting point for a charitable cause, now in its 15th year, that has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and benefited Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
After serving the country for 35 years, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP - Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan has announced her retirement. Ryan has held the position for the past three years. Mar, 3 will be her final day as Commanding Officer.
Nominations for the Alberta Community Justice Awards (ACJA) are now open and the government is encouraging Albertans to nominate groups or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to community safety.
Twenty-eight years after Novice hockey player Dennis Blair Borduzak passed away, his memory is kept alive through a memorial tournament now in its 20th year. The annual 4 the Love of the Game Tournament will take place in Morinville and Legal Jan. 12 to 15 and will bring together more than 300 players and 35 teams for a full weekend of hockey action.
January 2017 marks the start of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and Canada has a long tradition of issuing commemorative medals to recognize national milestones, from the Centennial Medal of 1967 to the Canada 125 Medal. Next year will be a break from this tradition.
As we reflect back on 2016, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank and honour one of our local heroes, one who just happens to be our dad. August 2016, marked the end of an era: after 35 years of unfailing dedication and heroism, Herb Pearce, AKA Charlie 2, hung his Captain's hat and retired from the Morinville Volunteer Fire Department. Standing proud at his side throughout his journey was our mom. His loving and supportive wife Vi, always there to offer comfort after the heart-wrenching calls, or to rejoice with over the victories.
It has always been a great source of pride having a firefighter for a dad. Even more impressive is that he did this in a volunteer capacity over and above his full-time career and family obligations. Thinking back on how many times he raced out the door to a call, it is hard to imagine the countless hours he gave to this community. In fact, it really wasn't Thanksgiving if the tones didn't go off five minutes into our family gathering. Such was life in our home. It didn't matter the hour or holiday, if the tones went off, so did he. We can't possibly express with words how proud and fortunate we are to call him Dad.
“It’s my mission to raise awareness on organ donation because, as one of 23 grandchildren to a double-lung transplant recipient, I can say on behalf of my family, it means everything to us. He keeps us in line," Pirtle said in a release Thursday afternoon. "In my efforts, I will continue to inform people on how easy it is to register as a donor, to make posters and hand out pamphlets, and talk to your family and to push for my idea to have green ribbon coffee cups at Tim Hortons during Organ Donation Awareness month in April.”