People

People

Stories about people and groups in our community.

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Morinville - It’s a Monday night and the program room of the Morinville Community Library is filled with the sounds of sewing machine motors whirring and women laughing. The mixture of mechanical and mirthful sounds is the result of a group of eight local women, all members of the Loose Threads Quilting Club, who have been enjoying the social and creative aspects of quilting for the past four years...

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Kaileen Chisholm is this year’s recipient in the Youth category. Jessica Baily and Terra Bell nominated her for her dedication to making a difference in the world. In their nomination, Baily and Bell said Chisholm is “trying to finish her studies through correspondence a year early so she can devote her time to helping others.

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Morinville resident Rebecca Balanko was selected as the recipient in the Youth Empowerment category. She was nominated by Dayna Hryhirchuk, Nicholas Valcourt and former Women’s Day award recipient Sarah Hall. Balanko is the creator of the G.I.R.L.S. (Girls in Real Life Situations) program, which she has run successfully in Morinville and other...

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Morinville mother Brandi Robertson (not actual last name) was nominated in the Child Advocate and Unsung Heroine categories by Morinville and Sturgeon County residents Leah Elzinga, Eva Scrimshaw and Sarah Hall. The nominators said Robertson was raised in a family where helping and caring for others was natural, one where she watched her mother dedicate many hours helping her community despite raising a son with a disability, a point of view they say helped form Robertson’s “compassion and caring for disadvantaged persons.”

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It was announced last week that Ron Cust, Morinville Fire Chief for the past 12 years, will retire March 11, 2014. Ashley Janes had a chat with Chief Cust to look back on the past 12 years and ahead for himself and the department. ...

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by Lucie Roy Edmonton – A local woman is being heralded an ambassador of Francophone Sport in the province for track record of volunteerism with the Alberta Francophone Games (JFA). Monique Lavallee of Morinville received the Alberta Francophone Sport Ambassador award during the Federation of Francophone Alberta Sport (SSAB) General Annual meeting held at Cite Francophone in Edmonton Feb. 5. ..

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville – Justin Hogg is a familiar face in Morinville’s music scene, having performed frequently at school and community events for a number of years. But the 20-year-old singer / songwriter’s dedication to his craft is taking him to new gigs and new opportunities outside the community. In the past six months Hogg has opened for two major country music artists. He’s hoping to one day enjoy the same success as those he has opened for. “I’m really looking at going commercial with my music and bringing it to the radio and promoting it that way,” Hogg said, adding he would love to have more people hear his music. “It’s just expanding, really. Taking bigger steps in my career.”..