New Trucks Arrive
Bon Accord, Gibbons and Sturgeon County have two new tools in their fire-fighting arsenals. Both Gibbons and Bon Accord recieved a new 2011 freightliner pumper truck last week. The identical trucks feature a 1050 pump with a 1,000 gallon tank. The six-passenger units have a front mounted turret and are ergonomically designed so that fire fighters do not have to climb around the unit to access the tools and features they need during an emergency situation.
Funding for the $314,000 investment was split between Bon Accord, Gibbons and Sturgeon County. Some grant funding contributed to the purchase of the two units.
Passing the bucks
Sturgeon County Mayor Don Rigney (centre) poses with STARS Air Ambulance Chief Pilot Ben Dixon and STARS Manager of Major Gifts Miriam Moisan last tuesday during a cheque presentation ceremony. The County granted $38,000 to the organization.
Sturgeon county Councillor Tom Flynn presents Rick Wojtkiw, general manager corporate services with the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its financial reporting for the year ending Dec. 31, 2009.
The award is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association for the United States and Canada to government units whose annual financial reports achieve the highest program standards for Canadian Government accounting and financial reporting.
The recognition was the second consecutive year Sturgeon County has won the prestigious award. Wojtkiw said the attainment of the award is a significant accomplishment by a government body and its management. “It is something that we should of course be proud of,” he told fellow county employees during the presentation Mar. 8.
A fun farewell
Former Notre Dame Elementary School teacher Viviane Pezer poses with principal Greg Lamer Thursday night during a farewell dinner at the Morinville Events Centre. Pezer retired from teaching last summer after 43 years. The long-time educator began her teaching career in Saskatoon in 1967 and began teaching in Morinville in 1971 when school was being taught in the basement of the convent. When the current Notre Dame was built, Pezer moved from the convent to what was then known as the Yellow School and located behind St. Jean Baptiste Church. During government cutbacks she switched from teaching French immersion kindergarten to English-speaking Grade 1. Pezer’s more than four decade teaching career was inspired by her own Grade 2 teacher.