Community News Briefs


A Christmas Carol

St Albert and Area Retired Teachers Association (STARTA) member Peggy Bergmann played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge during a song performance. The STARTA choir performed Christmas songs and stories for residents at Aspen nov. 25.

– Lucie Roy Photo


All ages event

Heritage resident Bob Putnam works on creating unique snowflakes crafts with Morinville Public School student Mathais Wright during a school visit Nov. 24.

– Lucie Roy Photo


Passing the bucks

Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (GSACRD) Superintendent David Keohane, Interact Club member Benn Fingler, Rotary Youth Services Chair Kathy Sandmaier and GSACRD Chair and Morinville Ward Trustee Noreen Radford pose for a photo as Fingler presented an $800 cheque on behalf of the MCHS Interact Club to GSACRD at the Rotary Club meeting Wednesday morning. The Interact Club, the youth component of Rotary, collected the money through various fundraisers with the proceeds going towards the construction of the Pope Francis Elementary School in the Philippines.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division, a partnership was formed between GSACRD and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to support survivor communities of the November 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. GSACRD has committed to raising $200,000 to go towards the construction of a school in the hardest hit city of Tacloban.

– Lucie Roy Photo


Helping Out

Mae Vereschagin was at the Alberta Health Services Adult Day Support Program Nov. 26 helping put together more than 300 packages children would receive when they saw Santa during the Lite up the Nite Christmas Festival Saturday.

– Lucie Roy Photo


Snowman Soup

Primeau Me to We students Amber Wiwchar, Taylor Strand, Mariya Chjouka, Destiny Ducharm, Thomas Lefebvre and Jadyn Lauinger hold some of the more than 800 Snowman Soup mugs they made to hand out at the Lite Up the Nite Christmas Parade Saturday night.

The mug comes with a package of hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate kisses, a candy cane and a word to not Drink and Drive. The verse with the mug reads, “it is time to bring out the Snowman Soup. Pour the package in the mug, add the snowballs too, and throw in the kisses from our school to you, now fill with hot water and use the cane to stir it. Slowly sip and soon you will feel the warm Christmas spirit. Choosing not to Drink and Drive makes the spirit bright. Please drink responsibly. Make the holiday a delight. Signed GH Primeau Me to We.

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Remembering Father Prime

Twenty-six years after his passing, the Father Georges Henri Primeau legacy still lives on in Morinville.

Primeau School was named after the man regarded as one of Morinville’s most outstanding citizens, one who was dubbed the People’s Priest. Father Primeau served from 1966-1978 and passed away Apr. 27, 1989.

Students Tyson May, Sophie Allard, Hayden Roddis and Principal Allan Menduk gathered for the ceremonial cake cutting photo Nov. 26. The Primeau School students and staff were attired in blue and white to mark the occasion.

– Lucie Roy Photo


MCHS Students Receive $1000 RAP Scholarships at The Future of Trades Awards Night

submitted by Terry Maslyk

MCHS Students (L to R) Keean Jepson, Josh Wilson, Elias Veldhuizen, Jean Sebastien Bouchard, Ky Karch, Taylor Coursaux

Six MCHS RAP students received $1,000 Scholarships at the 2015 Future of Trades Awards night Nov. 20 at the Radisson Hotel South in Edmonton. The Gala is put on by Careers The Next Generation, the Alberta Government and Alberta Apprenticeship. The event recognizes young high school students making their future in the trades.

Jean Sebastien Bouchard – Welding – Craig’s Welding – Morinville
Taylor Coursaux – Carpentry – Pleasant Homes – Morinville
Keean Jepson – Welding – ALCO Industrial – Edmonton
Ky Karch – Hvy Equip – Motion Machinery- Edmonton
Josh Wilson – Hvy Equip – Roadrunner Equip- Morinville

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