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Communities ChooseWell bring awards to town

Communities ChooseWell Manager Damien Traverse presents Melonie Dziwenka, Morinville’s Recreation and Cultural Coordinator, with two Communities ChooseWell awards during a special ceremony at the cultural centre Thursday night. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Morinville – Inclement weather made Thursday night’s Communities ChooseWell awards night a more subdued affair than had been originally planned, but the wind and snow did not prevent Communities ChooseWell Manager Damien Traverse from coming to town to bring Morinville its awards.

The ChooseWell program, run by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, seeks to get Albertans into healthier and more active lifestyles. Morinville has been involved in the program this year and received word a couple weeks back it had won in two categories: Building Community Capacity and Overall High Achiever.

In addition to two glass trophies, the town received a cheque for $2,000 to help sustain the programs started through the Communities ChooseWell Program.

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Cole Dribnenky receives a certificate from the province.
In mid-October 13-year-old Cole Dribnenky won the program’s Iron Chef Competition, besting competitors many years his senior and bringing the first Communities ChooseWell award to town. Dribnenky was further recognized Thursday night with a certificate from Barrheard-Morinville-Westlock MLA, the Honourable Ken Kowalski, who was unable to attend in person due to weather conditions.

Award winners from Cold Lake, Hinton and Morinville pose with Traverse for a group photo.
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  1. Congratulations Melonie and your department for a job well done and your two awards. Thank you for all you do. Also Damien mentioned that Morinville’s ChooseWell initiatives had the most media coverage than any other municipality. Thanks to Stephen and Morinville News.

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