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September 23, 2011 Strathmore Times

September 23, 2011 Strathmore Times

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September 23, 2011 / Locally Owned & Operated / Volume 3 issue 38 / Strathmore / TIMES / Alberta / fresh / action
September 23, 2011 / Locally Owned & Operated / Volume 3 issue 38 / Strathmore / TIMES / Alberta / fresh / action

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Shannon LeCLair
Times Reporter 
 The Youth Club of Strathmore is movingforward with its programs now that theSchool year has begun. Because of this,the organization is looking for people to volunteer to be a part of the local board.“We are hoping to nd energetic people who care about the youth of Strathmore,so that we, as a board, can plan programsfor the youth,” said Pat Fule, in an e-mail.“Our Board meetings are the rst Thurs-day of each month, at 4 p.m. Also, we arelooking for a person who may be willingto volunteer to be our program coordina-tor.“Lastly, we are hoping to nd a person who would be willing to be our volunteer coordinator, helping to nd secure, need-ed, volunteers to run the various YouthClub programs.Ryan Tongs, Chair at Youth Club of Strathmore, said there are approximately seven board members at this time. Theprogram coordinator and volunteer co-ordinator are the two critical positions, which need to be lled quickly.“Basically ensuring that the programsare working, the programs are gettingscheduled. Basically supervising the op-erations of the programming,” said Tongs,of the program coordinator role. The volunteer coordinator would havesimilar duties but would clearly focus on volunteers. Meanwhile, the Program Co-ordinator position will expand over timeand become a paid position once they have the funding in place. Tongs said the level of commitmentthe Youth Club would be looking for from these new roles shouldn’t exceed10 hours a week, as much of the legworkhas already been done to get things intoplace.“There’s a group of board members thathave just done a fantastic job of gettingthe programming going,” said Tongs. Anyone interested in one of the posi-tions can call the Youth Club of Strath-more at 403-324-4521. All applicants mustmeet all of the clubs policies.
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Shannon LeCLair
Times Reporter 
Brentwood Elementary student Samantha Walstra and her family are staying active and healthy, while helping out char-ities and organizations that are important to them.Dave Walstra, Samantha’s dad, works at G&S Airport Con- veyor, and in an attempt to promote healthy and active life-styles, the company offers a bonus to everyone who signs upand completes the Scotiabank Marathon in May.For everyone who crosses the nish line, they are given$200 to donate to a charity of their choice. This year Saman-tha and her family chose Brentwood schools music program.Samantha, her brother Josh, her dad and her mom Tracy, who is also a teacher assistant at Brentwood, all took part inthe marathon, raising $800 for the school.“It’s really cool because I really like school, and I have been here for six years. I’ve been here since kindergarten,”said Samantha.Music is important to Samantha and after deciding whereshe wanted her money to go, the rest of her family pooledtheir money with hers. The Town of Strathmore also gave the music program$100 after the kids sang ‘O Canada’ at the Canada Day cel-ebrations.Brentwood’s music teacher, Carolyn Steeves, went shop-ping with the $900. Thanks to the money raised and donated to the musicprogram, Steeves was able to buy six new guitars and 10new guitar cases.“This year Grade 5’s are going to be playing guitars andI think for the older students it would be better becausethere’s not enough guitars for everybody, so I think it would be better to get guitars for them,” said Samantha.Last year she had donated her money to Paws, and saidshe doesn’t know which organization or charity she willpick next year.
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Samantha Walstra, centre blonde hair, was surrounded by fellow band mates,who showed off the new guitars and cases which the Walstra family helpedthe school buy, by donating to the music program.
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During the Happy Gang’s meeting onSept. 13, Gail Galusha was pleased topresent Shirley Farand with a bronzemedal from the Alberta 55 Plus sum-mer games.Farand won the medal for an afghanthat she crocheted and entered intothe visual arts and crafts section.“The competition was very stiff inFairview, and it wasn’t only just for crocheting, it was all arts and crafts,”said Galusha. The 55 Plus summer and winter games are a mix of sports, competitionand fun, and there are a wide variety of activities in which people can com-pete. Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parksand Wildlife Foundation sponsor theevent.Some of the activities include alpineskiing, carpet bowling, creative writ-ing, slo-pitch, Scrabble and tennis.Farand had heard about the gamesearlier this year and decided it wassomething she wanted to be involvedin.“Gail was at the meeting and shespoke about the summer games, I gotinterested and I just thought it would be fun. There’s so many differentthings you can get into, it wasn’t justone thing, you could go into so many different things,” said Farand.“I think it’s a really good organiza-tion, I wish there were more peopleinterested. I’m proud to have won, I’mglad to have entered something.”Next year, the Canada Games will beheld in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. TheCanada games and the Alberta 55 Plusalternate every year.Galusha attended her rst games in Whitehorse and has been hooked ever since.“I’m just a junkie for going to thegames. This is the rst time I didn’t geta medal but it doesn’t matter to me. Tome it’s more important (the) camara-derie,” said Galusha.“For me, every two years that I gothe Canada games it’s a time that I
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Shirley Farand (left) and Gail Galusha both partici-pated in as many events they could at the Alberta55 plus games in Fairview this summer. Farandwon a bronze medal for her afghan, which she hadentered into the visual arts and crafts section.
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 The Strathmore Hand inHand Parent Link Centre o-fcially re-opened its doorson Sept. 17. The StrathmoreParent Link is connected with the Aspen Family andCommunity Network Soci-ety rom Calgary.“It’s a program run by the government o Alberta. They started it so that eachregion would run their own, and all the programsare at no cost to parents,”said Betty Lepps, manager or Strathmore.Lepps said they work with Alberta Health to bring inguest speakers on a variety o topics about childcareand health.“We do programming or amilies zero to six, and(it’s) parents and childrentogether. It’s not a daycareor anything,” said JeanetteMacKay, one o the parentcoaches.Occasionally there willalso be parent education workshops during whichdaycare is provided, butmost o the time the ocusis on parent and child.
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Shannon LeCLair
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Studies have proven timeand again that breakast isan essential part o every-one’s day, especially or school-aged children to beable to learn at their maxi-mum potential. This will be the second ullschool year that Hope Cov-enant Community Churchhas provided breakast tofve schools in Strathmorethrough the School Fuelprogram.“I don’t know i our churchapproached the schools, or i the schools approachedour church… saying thatsome kids are having a hardtime concentrating and justdoing well because they arehungry and so they asked i perhaps we could provide breakast,” said Lynn Wahl,one o the volunteers romthe church.Every morning rom 8:15a.m. to 8:50 a.m. volunteerscan be ound at WestmountElementary, Brentwood El-ementary and Wheatland El-ementary, serving breakastto the students. They alsoprovide ood to Crowther Memorial Junior High andthe anchor program.“In March and April we were eeding about 200per day (between all o theschools),” said Wahl.“As long as kids need it,it’s a privilege to provide it.So hopeully we’ll be thereor them.”One way the program has been able to keep runningis through donations andcorporate support. HopeChurch also received a grantrom the United Way this year to purchase necessary supplies, and one o the big-gest supporters is Sobeys.“It’s a good community initiative which started inthe grassroots. I give totalrespect and credit to thepeople that have started thisprogram,” said Neil Ken-
Hope church helps keepstudents fueled for school
Natasha Barron and her niece were at Westmount school early Tuesdaymorning to make sure everyone has a chance to start the day off right withbreakfast. Natasha said they usually feed about 85 students each morning,not all of them didn’t have breakfast, but it’s open to all students who maywant a little more. Natasha is a volunteer from Hope Community Church,she doesn’t have kids that go to Westmount, she just does it because it isimportant.
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nedy, owner o StrathmoreSobeys.“They saw a need in thecommunity and instead o  wondering why no one else would fll it, they went outto fll it themselves. Obvi-ously with it being a break-ast program, it alls rightin line with my major busi-ness, so it seems like a natu-ral ft or us to support themhowever we can.”Breakast usually con-sists o apples, mufns andcheese, though Wahl saidpeople could donate our or whatever they would eellike. To fnd out how to help with the School Fuel pro-gram either go to or contactthe Hope Covenant Com-munity Church at 403-934-2424.

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