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Bullying can be found at school and on the Internet By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
short-term problem.” “You need to let somebody know, otherwise you’ll be attending a funeral,” stated Peace. He has helped more than 40 youths deal with this issue and he wanted students to know he can help. Students should tell a bully to stop and document the occurrences and if they continue then speak with a trusted teacher. If more bullying goes on then students should re-approach the same teacher who can speak to administration. Usually administration can deal with the parents and if the actions continue the bully can be charged. Most of the time bullying stops when parents get involved, he added. Peace closed his presentation by telling the boys to be aware of how they speak to girls. “You guys have to be aware of your words.” Parents were invited to an evening session on bullying the same day with a similar message. The presentations were paid for by Family Community and Support Services.
To understand the effects of bullying we must first be able to recognize signs of the behaviour. Students at Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) received a powerful three-hour presentation on the effects bullying April 11 from Dwayne Peace, a life facilitator with Dare to Care. The organization’s goal is to give schools an opportunity to understand the effects of bullying, and to give students and administrators and means of dealing with the issue. Peace is a former Calgary police officer who has spent the last seven years of his career as a school resource officer. He spoke passionately to YO U M AY Q UA L I F Y F O R students and gave them DENTURES THROUGH tips to understand bully- Retired police officer Dwayne Peace gives PCHS students a sobering look at the effects of bullying. T HE SENIOR BENEFITS ing April 11. “If I’m mean to you PROGRAM. they would be in possession of child pornography. once, that’s not bullyHe told the story of Amanda Todd who commiting…There has to be a history to it,” he stated. C A L L T O DAY He advocates either positive or neutral interactions with others and if a person ted suicide Oct. 10, 2012 because of cyber bullying. F O R I N F O R M AT I O N has something negative to say then it is better not to say anything at all. “If you’re She was coerced to flash herself to a predator who then asked her to repeat the action. The predator threatened trying to make a joke about anything racist, stop it now.” Victims of bullies will do anything to avoid a confrontation even if that means to put her images on the Internet if she did not comply; taking the long way home or being late for class. Todd did not and then the video went online. Those “They would rather deal with their teacher than your crap,” stated Peace. images ended with Todd being harassed and beaten by Bullying can also come from teachers, students and parents and he believes the fellow students. D E N T U R E C L I N I C issue is a societal one. He recounted a story where a girl was beaten with a vacuum Bullying usually requires repetitive behavior but hose by her father. Peace charged the man for assault with a weapon. The father then cyber bullying can be a one-time occurrence. “Everyreturned later to Peace and tried to say the issue really was with the girl because she thing you do here is public and permanent.” had to learn a lesson and Peace was teaching her the wrong one. “Bullies don’t grow People sometimes fear telling authorities if someup and stop being bullies.” thing is happening because they do not want to be seen Usually someone who has these tendencies comes from a home where there is as a rat but Peace disagrees. “Are you a rat if you prelittle warmth or attention, explained Peace. He feels girls have a challenge as they vent a crime?” often change who they are around different people. There are people who know a person may be sui“Why do you have to be a chameleon to fit in with your different groups?” he cidal but saying nothing does not help. 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Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH DIRECTORY Associated Gospel Churches of Canada
CHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE Pastor Jerry Preheim 3704 - 42 St. Ponoka 403-783-6500 Worship Service 11:00 a.m. • email@example.com
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PONOKA Sr. Pastor Paul Spate 5109 - 57 Ave. Ponoka www.fbcponoka.org 403-783-5533 Bible Discovery Hour 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
NEW COVENANT BAPTIST REFORMED CHURCH Currently meeting at Ponoka Christian School 6300-50 St. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome! www.baptistreformedponoka.org
PARKLAND REFORMED CHURCH South on 2A, West on Spruce Road 403-783-1888 Worship Service 10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mitch Ramkissoon www.parklandurc.org
PONOKA ALLIANCE CHURCH 4215 - 46 St. Pastor Norm Dibben 403-783-3958 Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. The Christian & Missionary Alliance
PONOKA WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Pastor Rob McArthur
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ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH Fr. Chris Gnanaprakasam, S.A.C. Mass Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:00 a.m. Sunday
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Walk the walk rather than talk the talk I have been in mindo anything that would demonstrate that faith. istry of one kind or Too many of us can “talk another for almost 60 the talk” as they say in years. I have pastored AA, but we don’t “walk in inner city missions, the walk.” Whether in mining towns, oil field congregation, commucommunities, resort nity or hospital, I found communities, as well as — and still find — this a number of central Alkind of “faith” depressberta towns and villages. ing and discouraging. For 32 of those years, James Strachan For me, the most probI was the teaching chapThe United Church lematic situations of lain and department head of Canada “talk-faith” occurred of spiritual care in three not a member of in hospitals where desof the country’s largest The Ponoka Ministerial perately lonely and medical institutions in Association frightened people would Calgary, Winnipeg and hear, “I’ll be praying for Ottawa. For a time, I was you” but no prayer was the critical incident staff de-briefer in ER and ICU at Foothills shared. Or who heard, “I’ll be back to Hospital. I taught counselling in the see you soon,” and no subsequent visit education faculty at the U of Manito- occurred. I don’t think either Jesus of ba, and supervised family therapists at God would certify that kind of “faith.” My second great learning is that ulthe U of Winnipeg’s Pastoral Institute. I even worked part time for two years timately, it is love that heals and saves. at Alberta Hospital Ponoka. (I’m sorry, Of course, intelligent Christians know “Centennial Centre…” just doesn’t do that in their heads — it’s what the Easter story is about — but healing and it for me.) Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? It’s saving love is not a feeling. It is action, not; it’s just a long list. What’s im- persistent presence and caring that pressive to me are the few important takes a body way beyond the bounds things I learned along the way of this of reasonable care. It’s the friend who fascinating track. All of that is merely sits all night with a potential suicide, background to the important pieces of a doctor or nurse whose attention to a information I have gained. You’d think “case” pushes them into exhaustive rethat would be a long list after all this search and superhuman investment of time and energy spent. No so. Actually, time to see that saving takes place, if it only three principal facts stand out for can, but that love is known and shared, even if death is the final outcome. me. Friends in congregations do the The first is that many people who say they “believe in God” or who pro- same things at a slightly different fess to “love Jesus” rarely actually level. It’s the food that arrives regularly at the door of the depressed widower, for months, if necessary. It’s the daily phone call to a person whose life seems empty and pointless now that it isn’t shared. It’s the pastor or pastoral visitor who remembers that old man in long-term care no one knows, and no one out there seems to care about. My third great learn-
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ing is not dramatic, for we read about it in scripture all he time, although many Christians balk at acknowledging it in real life. It’s simply this: the blessings of God’s presence and the healing and saving work of Christ are frequently accomplished via the labour and skill of people who do not believe in either God or Jesus but whose humanity is used by the Divine to bring Christ’s care alive in their presence. I know lots of unbelieving ER nurses who bring people back to life every day. I know a number of critical care physicians who would argue passionately with me about the foolishness of believing in God and then go across the unit to lay out the next 48 hours of their lives to make sure that a man went home to his children instead of to the morgue. I see these folks like so many biblical characters, used by God despite their unfaith, their abandoning of God’s known ways — Moses the murderer, Samson the philanderer, David the adulterer, Jeremiah the bitter prophet, Saul the persecutor, Peter the denier, Joseph of Arimathea, the cowardly disciple who snuck in under cover of night to provide a tomb. Some will undoubtedly remind me that all of these people ultimately turned their faces to God, to Christ. Yes, ultimately, but not in our proximate time. And the “saints” with whom I worked are still alive and Submitted doing their saving and The Ponoka branch healing work, so God of the Royal Canadian still uses them. Should Legion is preparing for we argue with God its 10th annual version about His poor choice of “Alberta’s Largest of servants? Or tell God Indoor Garage Sale” by we’d like some of these helping people with their healers and savers in our spring cleaning. pews or chairs to prove The Legion is aptheir love for God? I proaching its members don’t worry about their and friends in the comultimate fate. They are munity and surrounding “walking the walk,” and area to donate good, usI suspect that’s more able surplus items from their storage areas for than enough for God. So here I am, at sale at the event Saturthe end of a long and day, May 4 from 8 a.m. exciting career and min- to 3 p.m. Donated items istry, and this is all I’ve could include furniture, learned? You know, for kitchen utensils, toys, me — and I suspect, for glassware, tools, sports equipment, home decomy God — it’s enough. rations, curiosities and surprises. “The success of the event depends on the contributions from the community,” said event organizer Dave MacPherson. “There is room for further donations. Proceeds from the sales in the past have helped with funding community projects, youth programs, medical equipment purchases, and sports and seniors programs.” Donations can be dropped off at the Ponoka Legion Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pick up can be scheduled by call 403-783-4076. “We hope that Ponoka and area will once again help us to help the community,” MacPherson said.
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Students take lessons from energy summit By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
trade fair and a chance for students to build solar lanterns, explained McTaggart. The lanterns will be sent to an African community where people will find some use for them. Students also came together and designed something out of solar panels. “I thought it was cool how one school made a solar microwave and cooked an egg,” said Swampy. Part of the trip was for students to get a greater understanding of solar power as the school has two solar panel arrays on its roof, said McTaggart. PCHS received a $10,000 grant three years ago to buy some energy saving solar panels but school renovations, which is about to enter its last phase, delayed installation. Students finally received approval to turn on the solar panels April 12, which will bring approximately 1.8 kilowatts of energy into the school. Alberta is an ideal province for solar energy in the summer and in the winter, said Jacobi. “It works better with the snow because of the reflection.” The keynote speaker at the summit was Bilaal Rajan, a 16-year-old boy from Toronto, Ont. He is an ambassador for Unicef. “That inspired me to do better at my goals,” said Buffalo. Students also had a chance to extract oil from an oil sands sample and McTaggart feels the summit was educational for all involved.
Students in Ponoka have taken their learning to a new level by attending an energy summit. Jacobi Buffalo, Cowan Swampy, Leighton Raine and Joby Raine, all Grade 11 students at Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS), travelled with vice-principal Kathy McTaggart to learn about hydro, nuclear, solar and wind power as well as oil sands production. They took part in Inside Education’s Generate 2013 Youth Energy Literacy Summit in Kananaskis recently. The students also had a chance to hear abour oil sands from two different presenters who gave both sides of the issues with oil sands production. Steve McIsaac, executive director for Inside Education, said in a press release he is confident these projects will engage young Albertans. “These students will be ambassadors, inspiring others in their schools and communities to become more aware about how they can make a difference in energy in our province.” For Buffalo, the summit helped him understand the many ways power is used, especially how the sun can be used to get energy. “The solar panels were good.” “It opened my eyes to all the jobs out there dealing with energy,” added Swampy. Only 20 schools were picked to attend the summit in which there was a
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PCHS students Kelly Arnold, Brittany Miller, Leighton Raine and Cowan Swampy stand in front of the two solar panel arrays on top of the high school. Students turned on the arrays April 12. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Opinion As West’s influence grows, so does it’s responsibility There’s a lot of swagger about the emergence of the West as the new centre of power in Canada. Some of it has been premature, because Toronto is — after all — likely to remain our country’s biggest city for the foreseeable future. But, misplaced enthusiasm aside, the numbers suggest that a remarkable shift in population and economic activity west of the Ontario/Manitoba border is being sustained and will likely result in an eventual rebalancing of Confederation. Numbers released by Statistics Canada, and republished by ATB Economist Todd Hirsch, drive the point home. They show that while both Ontario and Quebec remain first and second on the population scale, their rate of growth from Jan. 1, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013, is way slower than any province west of them, except for British Columbia. Alberta and Saskatchewan lead the growth, with Alberta up by more than three per cent and Saskatchewan above two per cent. Even Manitoba, considered the poor cousin of the Prairie provinces, is experiencing a growth spurt, well ahead of the national growth rate of 1.1 per cent. Not surprisingly, the Atlantic provinces remain in the tank, with both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia losing population, and PEI and Newfoundland Labrador just
barely above flat. The anomaly is British Columbia, considered for many years the economic queen of the West. Its growth fell behind the national average — and perhaps Doug Firby more strikingly, Troy Media behind Ontario Guest Columnist and Quebec — at just 0.84 per cent. Could the seemingly endless Vancouver effect be running out of gas? As Hirsch notes, if Alberta and B.C. continue at the pace set last year, the energy province will become the third largest province in the country within eight years. That, of course, is a big “if”. Alberta has enjoyed astonishing growth in the past 15 years in particular, most of it driven by the jobs and prosperity associated with the energy boom. But everyone knows the energy industry is facing some very serious challenges, including the ongoing depressed price of natural gas, the U.S.’s aggressive development of its own oil reserves and — most significantly — the challenge of getting an “inferior” and “dirty” oil sands
product (bitumen) to market at a time when environmentalists have dug in for the long fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. And yet, with all these mitigating factors, the trend is continuing. With so many variables, it’s impossible to predict how quickly the population shift will play out, but there is little debate on whether it will. It’s not a question of if, but when. This shift will rewrite the Canadian experience. When western provinces were just poor, under-populated breadbasket farm regions, their ability to influence the national agenda was next to nil. They were cute little novelties, with a quaint little rodeo every summer. As Alberta and Saskatchewan in particular became important for their energy, suddenly their voices began to be heard. Still, the ability to influence the national agenda was muted by the comparatively paltry number of seats in Parliament. It has to be pointed out that the west has delivered its fair share of influential national leaders. There were two from Saskatchewan: John Diefenbaker, who led the Progressive Conservatives to a majority government in the late 1950s and, of course, Tommy Douglas, the CCF leader credited with giving Canada the foundations of our modern public health care system. Today, once again, we see the west bringing influence through Conservative Prime Min-
ister Stephen Harper, a Calgarian who has brought a measure of the “Calgary School” of political philosophy to the Centre Block. So, the West has two pillars of power in place: economic prosperity at a time when much of the rest of the country is on the ropes and leaders who have been able to capture of the spirit of Canadians at the right moment. One more pillar is gradually falling into place – voters. The steady and relentless march of Eastern Canadians and new Canadians to the West will complete the rebalancing of Confederation. Some day in the not-toodistant future, the “Laurentian elites” — the power clique of intellectuals, journalists and money men John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker described in The Big Shift — will simply find that they’ve been outnumbered into irrelevance. It’s an exciting dawn of a new age for a portion of the country that has been relegated to also-ran status since the beginning of Confederation. It’s also a daunting challenge, to use that influence in a way that builds a stronger, fairer country. I can’t wait to see how the good people of the West rise to the challenge. Doug Firby is Editor-in-Chief and National Affairs columnist for Troy Media.
Thatcher’s influence on the west starts to weaken Margaret Thatcher began the shift to the right that has affected almost all the countries of the west in the past three decades. She died in London April 8 at the age of 87, 34 years after she became Britain’s first female prime minister. The reign of her ideas in western politics is still not over, despite the crash of 2008 and the long recession that has followed. “This woman is headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated,” wrote some minion in the personnel department of British chemical giant ICI, rejecting her application for a job as research chemist in 1948. She was fresh out of Oxford University, 23 years old, brimming with self-confidence and absolutely full of opinions. She probably frightened the job interviewer half to death. But she landed a job with a plastics company in Colchester in 1949. She joined the Conservative Party and stood for parliament in the 1950 election (she was the
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youngest candidate ever). And she finally made it into parliament in the 1959 election. She entered the cabinet of Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath in 1970 as the “statutory female” (as he gallantly put it) — but she replaced Heath after the Conservatives lost the 1974 election. As party leader, she ruthlessly broke the welfarestate consensus that had dominated all the major parties for the previous thirty years. “It is our duty to look after ourselves,” she declared, and the political orthodoxy trembled before her onslaught. That was what carried her into office in the 1979 election, and as prime minister she acted on her convictions. After Thatcher won the Falklands War against long odds in 1982 her popularity
was unassailable, and she used it to break the power of the trade unions and privatize state-owned industries. More than that, she made free-market ideology for all intents and purposes the state religion. So it remained for 30 years, long after her harsh and confrontational style had lost her the support of her own party. She was ousted as Conservative Party leader by her own colleagues in 1990 but the Labour governments of 1997-2010 were also in thrall to her ideas. The influence of her ideas abroad, particularly in the United States, was equally great. Yet her greatest contribution to politics, and the foundation of the right’s political success over recent decades, was not ideological but tactical. She was the first politician to grasp the fact with the decline of the old working class, it had become possible to win elections on a platform that simply ignored the poor. There weren’t as many of them as there used to be, and the
poorest among them usually didn’t bother to vote. This insight is still a major factor in the calculations of parties both right and left down to the present day: you cannot count on the poor to win an election for you. Her influence lives on — but it may not last much longer. The powerful middle class on which she founded her political strategy has been hollowed out by the very success of the free market policies she promoted. Average middle class incomes in the United States, for example, have not grown at all in the past three decades. The time may be coming when gaining the votes of the poor, including the growing numbers of the “new poor”, will once again be essential to win elections. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES PONOKA JUBILEE LIBRARY Transformer fire: Firefighters responded to a call of a transformer on fire April 15 at the Centennial Centre. No one was hurt in the incident. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Magician to raise funds John Kaplin will magically appear on stage at the Kinsmen Community Centre in Ponoka, Sunday, April 21. The popular magician hopes to
help The Champion’s Centre raise $5,000 to offset expenses in operating the low-income hostel for men with mental health issues. The show starts at 4 p.m.
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Summer Reading Program Coordinator & Library Page - Visit ponokalibrary.prl.ab.ca and go to “Job Opportunities” under the heading “About Us” for more information on these positions. Submit your resume to: Ponoka Jubilee Library 5110 48 Avenue, Ponoka, AB. T4J 1R6 or email it to dtremblay@prl. ab.ca with the position title in the subject line.
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Have you noticed a pot hole on your street or back lane or have a sidewalk that is need of repair? Please visit our website: www.ponoka.ca and fill out the Community Feedback Form, or call the Town Office at 403-783-4431 with the location, so we can add it to the repair list. Thank you for your assistance.
EVENTS AND RECREATION NFB Film Afternoon @ Ponoka Jubilee Library
Sunday, May 5th @ 2pm $5.00/person. Tickets are sold at the library and must be bought before the day of screening. Limited number of tickets available. The Films are: The Portrait and Unheralded
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Ponoka Food Bank Drive
Woodlands Pathfinder Club is holding a food bank drive on Saturday, April 20, 2013. We will pick up food between 2-4pm. Residents should place their donation of nonperishable food items in a plastic bag and leaving them on the front porch for pick up. If a donation is missed, please take it directly to the food bank.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: April 21-27, 2013
PONOKA STAMPEDE & EXHIBITION ASSOCIATION June 25 - July 1, 2013
CATTLE RAFFLE 1st Prize Draw for 40 Bred Heifers or $40,000 Cash
Proceeds go to facility improvements and operating expenses for Ponoka Ag Centre
Ponoka Stampede Cattle Rafﬂe 2013 Name: Address:
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Tickets can also be picked up at The Jones Boys Saddlery and Western Wear (Ponoka, Red Deer) or any Stampede Director
The Town of Ponoka thanks and pays special tribute to the volunteers of Ponoka who give of themselves to better our community and the lives of others. Thank You!
Earth Day – April 22, 2013
What Can You Do for Earth Day? Earth Day is a day for action; a chance to show how important the environment is to you. Whether you organize an event in your community or teach a peer about environmental issues, Earth Day is about uniting voices around the globe in support of a healthy planet. For Earth Day 2013, let’s all Act for the Earth™ in support of a sustainable future.
Day of Mourning
On April 28th, people across Canada will recognize a Day of Mourning for all workers who have been killed, injured or disabled at their place of work. In 2012, 145 workers in Alberta died as a result of workplace injury or illness. Please take a moment to think about our shared loss and commit to doing better. We can, if we work together. The Town of Ponoka joins Albertans in remembering these workers and their families.
Town Toonie Swim Friday’s 3:30-5:00 pm. It’s a great way to end your week!! PD Swims - April 26 & May 17, 1-3 pm.
COUNCIL UPDATES & BYLAW INFO Next Town Council Meetings
April 23 @ 7:00 pm Visit our website - www.ponoka.ca for copy of the agenda.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~ Roger Caras
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Town council should investigate 38 Street errors Dear Editor: I have written before that 38th Street residents were charged $4,100 for seven gas line crossings that did not occur. The question I ask is: How does an engineer, the contractor and the town officials responsible install a sanitary sewer main with private sewer and water connections to both sides of the street without knowing where the gas line is? The fact town officials, despite repeated requests, concealed this infor-
mation for almost four years, continue to ignore the matter since it was uncovered in June of last year and especially that it is only $4,100 out of a possible $200,000 makes this a very important matter, deserving the immediate attention of the Ponoka town council. If it was just an “error’ as the town claims, why would they not immediately correct their error with an apology? If it was deliberate, could it be fraud? And, why is town council not extremely anxious to determine if it was just an er-
The Community Garden committee is searching for a volunteer who is proﬁcient as a
“Garden Steward” This individual will be asked to check in on the garden once a week, taking note of water levels, garden participation, weed growth and overall maintenance of the garden. We would like to personally invite you to be a part of a fantastic team and project. If you are interested, please contact: Kimberly at Ponoka FCSS at 403-783-4462.
ror or if it was fraud? How could it be just an error? a) When designing this sanitary sewer line, wouldn’t an engineer determine where the gas lines are located? If he did locate the gas lines, he would have known there were no gas line crossings for these private service connections. If he did not locate the gas lines, how would he know there was a gas line to cross to specify these crossings? In fact, both the pre-design and as-built plans obtained last June show this gas line on their plan. The pre-design plan shows a distorted location of the gas line indicating someone wanted to at least give the impression that there was a gas line crossing. The asbuilt plan shows the gas line well back of the property line, conforming with the gas company’s plan. Why are there two different locations of this gas line? And. who changed the location on this plan? And why?
b) How could an engineer certify complete, in the progress payment certificates, seven gas line crossings when these crossings did not occur? And, why were they certified complete? c) Why would an Engineer certify seven private connections in this item when there were only six private connections involved? And, of the six only three were part of the local improvement. The other three were extra connections requested by some individuals. This $4,100 item is just one of many discrepancies we have brought to town council’s attention. At our meeting at the Ponoka County Office May I at 7 p.m., we will try to examine the documentation and information we have obtained and give anyone interested an opportunity to see the documentation for themselves. Nick Kohlman
Family grateful for support Dear Editor: On July 9, 2011, Tim Bain suffered a massive stroke; the community came together with financial and personal support at a much-needed time as Tim was the main supporter of the family. With the $12,000 in donations from many individuals we were able to focus on Tim’s rehab and pay our monthly expenses. We felt very blessed and thankful. In May of 2012 we were able to sell our rental property at a profit and we received a small inheritance. We continued to be able to turn a negative into a positive with continued rehab. The Bible states to whom much is given, much
is required. We wanted to give back what was given to us so we decided to donate $15,000 to charitable groups. We made repairs to the house and went on a one-week tropical vacation. Our assets are not much but we are truly thankful for life and what’s important in life. Tim receives AISH as our assets and income are low but we are happy and mostly thankful. Thanks to our community for giving when it was needed; it’s amazing what can turn a negative into a positive if you focus on the positive. This community gave us that positive. Tim and Kathy Bain
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Find the volunteer fit that suits you Many men and women feel a need to give back to their communities. While a financial donation to a charity or nonprofit organization can certainly go a long way, some men and women prefer to donate their time and skills via volunteering. Finding the right volunteering opportunity is a great way to ensure the experience is satisfying for you and those you will be working with. In addition, the right opportunity can evolve into a long-term relationship with a particular charity or nonprofit organization, providing a lifetime of positive experiences along the way. When looking for a volunteering opportunity, individuals should consider a host of factors to find the right fit for them. Personality Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, and charitable organizations need volunteers from all walks of life. Some people assume all volunteers must be the outgoing, sociable type, but such an assumption is untrue. Consider your own personality when looking for a volunteering opportunity and don’t feel discouraged if you’re not very outgoing. Your strengths as a volunteer may lie in helping plan events like fundraisers or helping the charity navigate its way through red tape. Availability Volunteering can be a major time commitment or something you do occasionally without having to commit much time. Many volunteers would love to devote themselves full-time to a charitable cause they feel a connection to but prospective volunteers must be honest with themselves about their availability. You can still volunteer if your schedule is already quite busy, just be honest with the charity when they inquire about your availability. Don’t commit time you don’t have, as you won’t get as much out of the experience and you might end up letting the charity down when you can’t participate as much as you had promised. Accessibility Consider a charity’s accessibility when determining if it’s the right fit for you. Many volunteers prefer to contribute to charities in their own towns because such organizations don’t require
the additional time commitment of commuting. If you volunteer with an organization that is far away from where you live, you aren’t as likely to enjoy the experience or continue your participation. The organization should be conveniently located and, if you don’t drive, easily accessible via public transportation. Personal interest While volunteering with any worthy organization figures to be a rewarding experience, the experience can be that much more meaningful if you have a personal interest or connection to the organization. If you’re passionate about a
certain cause, you’re more likely to embrace a volunteering opportunity with an organization associated with that cause. On the contrary, if you’re not passionate about a certain charity or its mission, you might not fully commit to volunteering, and neither you nor the charity will get the most out of your volunteering. Volunteering is a wonderful way for men and women to give back to their communities. Finding the right opportunity is the first step toward making the experience beneficial for you as well as the charitable organization you ultimately choose to work with.
As Canadians it is our dedication to community that has given us the global reputation of a caring nation. Volunteers bring knowledge and skills to help make your community and our country the best place in the world to live.
OLUNTEER WEEK Thank you to all our volunteers that make our Gift Shop such a hidden treasure Special Sales On During Volunteer Week April 21 – April 27 Located at Ponoka Hospital & Care Centre Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm week days Operated by Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Blaine Calkins, MP
Bay 6A, 4612 - 50 St. Ponoka, AB T4J 1S7 Phone: 403.783.5530 | Fax: 403.783.5532 www.blainecalkinsmp.com
In recogniƟon of COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, please join us for a special evening! LocaƟon: Kinsmen Community Centre Date & Time: April 24, 2013 at 6:30pm Guest Performance: Randi Boulton, Top 16 SearchLight Finalist with CBC — singer/songwriter/recorded musician, www.randiboulton.com
Announcing: Morna Chorney Heart and Soul Award, and Rita ScoƩ Award. Refreshments to follow DonaƟons to the Food Bank gladly accepted
Bob & Company Catering
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Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse would like to acknowledge individuals, businesses and agencies for their outstanding spirit of volunteers in 2013.
Good Actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others – Plato The members, board of directors and staff of the Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse Thank you!
Let’s tip our hat and give a Northcott cheer To all these great people who volunteer Seventy people gave of their time For over 400 hours, they spread some sunshine Reading, bingo, cards and music are a few Of the wonderful things that these people do So we want them to know that we appreciate All that they do and the time that they take To help the elderly here at Northcott Care Bringing some joy in the lives that they share We want to send a heartfelt Thank You Thank you so much for all that you do Written By Diane Gadd A volunteer appreciation luncheon will be held Wednesday April 24 at noon in the rec room
A rich history
volunteering and community involvement
National Volunteer Week (NVW) pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy. This year’s 70th annual NVW is April 21 to 27. It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation. Albertans have a rich history of volunteering and community involvement. With over 1.4 million dedicating their time across Alberta’s communities every year, Thank you to ALL of our dedicated volunteers for all volunteers are leadthey do to make our community a better place to live. ing positive change on all fronts: community A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: health care, sports and Our Advocates: Michelle, Nancy, Daphne, recreation, heritage Cathy, Penny, Kristi, Joy Mc., Jane, Bob, Ed, and arts, environmental protection and advoHeidi and Sharon cacy, disaster relief, Our Board of Directors: international developCarolyn, Jamil, Lisa, Marie,Francine ment, and volunteer firefighting — the list and Jennifer is endless. The work of Past Board Members volunteers is essential Debby and Rose to maintaining resilient communities at home Our RCMP Liaison: and around the world. Cst. Ryan Koehli Albertans love to The RCMP members and staff and the volunteer community of Ponoka thank you for Fifty-five per cent your ongoing support. of Albertans volunteer, compared with a CaWith deep appreciation for your time, nadian average of 48 compassion, and commitment to help others. per cent; civic engagement is strong is in this province. The average number of hours volunteered per year in Alberta is 140 hours, with Albertans aged 35 to 44 years old volunteering more than any other age group. Volunteer Alberta supports volunteer recognition Volunteer Alberta and the Government of Alberta assist communities and municipalities in finding sources of funding for National Volunteer Week. As a result, Volunteer Alberta members can apply for Enhancement Funding. The initiative increases awareness of the value of recognizing volunteers at the community level. With the help of volunteer centres and community organizations, National Volunteer Week is recognized as an essential civic and community event that is celebrated by all sectors of society.
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BRONCS WORLD TOUR Students return with new perspective
By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye One Ponoka teacher has found a way to make the study of past world wars personal, which creates a better understanding of what soldiers went through. Part of the learning involves a tour of European war memorials. The Broncs World Tour takes Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) students across the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain to
document the story of Ponoka soldiers who were killed in action. They visited war cemeteries from both world wars to receive a better understanding of the sacrifices Canadian soldiers made. The tour was designed by social studies teacher Ron Labrie to commemorate fallen soldiers. He used the names from the Ponoka Legion cenotaph in his research and has travelled to Europe with PCHS stu-
dents every year in a credited course. “All of those things give a person some scope,” explained Labrie. Being able to experience the memorials firsthand gave Grade 12 student Shania Kjenner an understanding that history books are not able to provide. “I’ve been there, I’ve walked there.” Researching the stories of these fallen soldiers also helped develop a personal connection for some students. Sam Quinn feels one of the best parts of the project was taking the time to find out more about a person. “They’re a complete stranger to you but you get to know them.” The Canadian soldiers are well respected at these memorial sites, which could be seen by how well the cemeteries were taken care of. The grass is well kept and the gravestones are maintained. “There’s a lot of reverence and respect shown,”
explained Labrie. One story involves a Ponoka soldier who died in a plane crash with six other men; their remains were buried behind a church. Each gravestone had one flower pot in deference to the soldiers but only one, Robert J. Riddoch, had a flower blooming. “The only one blooming with a daffodil plant was our guy,” said Karen (Captain) Kirk. Students also visited the port town of Dieppe, France where Canadian soldiers lost their lives during the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. More than 60 per cent of forces perished in the assault and many planes were lost in the raid. Rather than a sandy shore, Dieppe’s beach is covered with large rocks and is surrounded by high cliffs, which make natural defenses. “We got a sense of how it was,” said Labrie. Continued on page 12
Social studies teacher Ron Labrie has reached a roadblock in his research for the cenotaph project and is seeking the assistance from residents. Labrie can find no information on these veterans and he would like to know their fates: • From the First World War: F. Ames,
Students took grave rubbings of the fallen Ponoka soldiers’ headstones for their research. Here Shania Kjenner, Miranda Johnson and social studies teacher Ron Labrie conduct a rubbing at Bretteville-sur-laize Canadian War Cemetery in France. Photo courtesy of Shania Kjenner
G. Armstrong, S. Bascombe, Clifford H. Clayton, Francis Clayton, O. Davis, W. Grant, Jack Jones, W. Jones, W. Murray, J. Murray, L. Morrow and Jim Pike. • From the Second World War: Kenneth Lucas and Ernie Meyers.
Jonah Harvey tells the story of fallen soldier Earl (Jeff) Huscroft along the coast of Dieppe, France. Also pictured are Ron Labrie, Maryanne Lafrance, Susan Rodwell, Miranda Johnson. Photo by Amy Lank
A view of the cliffs and beach at Dieppe, France. Photo by Stan Orlesky
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Soldiers remembered in tour Continued from page 11 For Jamie Anderson-Miller however, Vimy Ridge was the most memorable. The First World War memorial is located in Vimy, France and immortalizes the efforts of Canadian forces to take over the area from the Germans in April 1917. The effort worked and Vimy Ridge remembers the efforts of those soldiers who died in the attack. “Feel like Vimy Ridge was the most symbolic to me,” said Anderson-Miller. No textbook or picture gives it justice.” Students gained a strong sense of pride for Canadian troops during the tour and found an interesting comparison to American memorials. Trevor Malterer suggests the difference is in the presentation as American cemeteries appeared to glorify soldiers’ efforts. “It was very much based on the (American) victory and death.” Canadian sites appeared to focus on the effects of war and how it affects people’s lives. “It was very much based on human impact,” added Malterer. The tour took students to the House of Anne Frank in Amsterdam and then to the south of Holland to Bergen-op-zoom. They travelled to Flanders Field in Ypres, Belgium and took part in the Menin Gate Memorial, which occurs every night at 8 p.m. Students laid wreaths, which were donated by the Ponoka Legion and Labrie was interviewed by a local television station. Then students travelled to a German cemetery and then to Lilles, in the north of France. After that a tour of Vimy Ridge and Bois-Héroult was next. Students learned about the French resistance and its efforts during the Second World War and also visited the Normandy beaches including Dieppe and Omaha Beach. They concluded the trip in Paris, France and in Barcelona, Spain to take in the culture and architecture.
Jonah Harvey stands in front of the Canadian War Monument along the beach in Dieppe, France. Photo by Amy Lank During visits to the gravesites students took rubbings of soldiers’ headstones to bring back to Ponoka and then use in their school projects. Shania Kjenner summed up her feelings of the tour. “I would go back in a heartbeat.” This trip has become nationally recognized and Labrie receives correspondence from people in Europe who are interested in students’ findings. The 12-day trip started May 19 and concluded May 30.
The size and scope of the Vimy Memorial can be seen in this photo with social studies teacher Ron Labrie and Nicole Schuur. Photo courtesy of Nicole Schuur
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Orlesky tours Europe By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
A dream came true recently for Ponoka Legion president Stan Orlesky who recently toured historic war memorials in Europe. Orlesky joined Ponoka Composite High School students on their Broncs World Tour to get a better understanding of the effects of war. “I was extremely excited. Overwhelmed with emotion just to have the A close up view of the allied trenches at Vimy Ridge. Photo by Stan Orlesky opportunity to go with these guys.” The efforts of social studies teacher Ron Labire impressed Remembrance to onlookers. But the area Orlesky feels was the most significant was the Orlesky enough to ask him to join students on the tour. After tour of Vimy Ridge. “I could almost hear artillery and guns in some time Labrie agreed to bring Orlesky along but warned the trip is not for the faint of heart; students spend much of their the distance.” time waking. He is quite proud of the monument and its significance to Orlesky had two reasons to take the trip: One was to be able the country. to share the experience with other veterans and the other was “Every Canadian should have the privilege to see Vimy,” he because, “My dad was in World War II and my son is in the added. armed forces.” He hopes to take the trip with some Ponoka veterans and The students impressed him the most as they were respectful tour at their own pace. Orlesky was also impressed with the of the project and the soldiers who died serving their country. respect Canadians are given at these memorials. The last night of the tour Orlesky told students they should be The tour of the port of Dieppe, France was another part of proud to be Canadian for those very reasons. the tour Orlesky remembered. The conditions of the beach with A highlight of the tour was being able to participate in the large round stones created unsure footing for soldiers. “You Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium. Each night at 8 p.m. the could really see what it was all about there.” road is closed and the Last Post is played by buglers in honour The Ponoka Legion helped sponsor the trip with $1,000 to of fallen soldiers who protected the area in the First World War. Orlesky presented a wreath and presented the Act of help the school and supplied the wreaths and poppies.
Stan Orlesky stands at attention at the Menin Gate Memorial after laying a wreath. Photo courtesy of Stan Orlesky
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PCHS students share their stories with war veterans On the 96th anniversary of Canada’s coming of age as a nation, Ponoka Legion members and students from the Broncs World Tour to Europe met to share their stories. Legion president Stan Orlesky was a chaperon on the spring break tour to war cemeteries and put the visit into a military and historical context. “The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the first instance when all four Canadian divisions participated in battle together,” he said. The size and scope of the planned assault in France required support and resources beyond the young Canada’s normal operational capacity. “The attack began at 05:30 on April 9, 1917,” Orlesky explained. The offensive had been delayed a day at the request to take advantage of poor weather that would then be blowing in the faces of the German troops. The first, second and third Canadian divisions achieved their objectives in about an hour but the fourth division encountered some difficulty and was cut down when they left their trenches. By the next day, the regrouped Canadians took Hill 145 but had one objective left — to take a hill known as The Pimple. Orlesky said the Canadians were in control of the ridge by nightfall April 12 but at a cost of 10,602 casualties: 3,598 dead, 7,004 wounded. They took 4,000 German prisoners of war. “The Battle of Vimy Ridge has considerable significance for Canada,” he said. “Although the battle is not generally considered Canada’s greatest military achievement…it was the first instance in which all four Canadian divisions, made up of troops drawn from all parts of the country, fought as a cohesive formation.” Vimy is the final resting place for 11,285 Ca-
PCHS teacher Ron Labrie and his students share stories about their trip to the Vimy Memorial with members of the Ponoka Legion. nadian soldiers from the First World War. Choking up with emotion, Orlesky implored legion members to visit the graves in Europe. “The feeling you get when you’re there, the sense of Canadian pride just overwhelms you. It’s very emotional.” Ron Labrie, social studies teacher at Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS), said talking about Canada’s war battles is difficult for most veterans but something that is necessary to help younger gen-
erations to understand the sacrifices that were made for freedom. “It’s tough to describe the monument…without actually going there.” The PCHS students were presented with a copy of the Vimy Pilgrimage Medals given to veterans who return to visit the war memorial. Ponoka’s Schuur family, who survived the Nazi occupation of Holland during the Second World War, donated the money to provide the medals.
Labrie wanted the students to experience the solemnity of the memorial before it became an “anthill” with hundreds of Canadian students on spring break tours like theirs. He took the students to the hill early on a cold day so they could appreciate the memorial on their own. He thanked the legion for its support of the annual tours to Europe and told Ponoka veterans, “you need not worry about remembrance in this community because (PCHS students) get it.”
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ReďŹ‚ections of Ponoka Revitalizing the long and proud image of Ponoka By Mike Rainone for the News For more than 100 exciting years the town and county of Ponoka have recognized and paid tribute to those countless pioneers and families who toiled so hard together to build and establish the vibrant, successful and friendly community that we have been so proud to call our home. Along the way the steady growth progress, and so many ongoing milestones have been honoured by gala celebrations, carefully preserved in our history books and museum archives and vigorously carried on by many generations of families, businesses, teams, organizations and good neighbours. Among the most outstanding events in more than a century of our
colourful Ponoka and district history and heritage was the birth of the town in 1904 and the 100th anniversary in 2004, with a whole lot of outstanding events and ongoing progress and successes, challenges, camaraderie, and fun times going on in between. Among the many souvenirs and mementos that marked the gala homecoming centennial celebration was a magnificent Ponoka Afghan that was designed and produced by the Walrus and Carpenter with great support and input from the community. Marlene Quiring from the Walrus and Carpenter has been approached once again to produce a new and updated Ponoka Afghan, and is reaching out to community for some ideas, images, or photos of our
This magnificent multi-color afghan was produced in honour of Ponokaâ€™s centennial celebrations in 2004 and depicts some of the vital milestones, attractions and themes of our progressive and family friendly community over the first exciting century. A new afghan is now being planned and everyone is welcome to contribute their ideas, images and photos to the project.
With the hopeful approach of spring sometime soon, everyone will be looking to new spring fashions for their outdoor adventures. On that note I looked up some of the neat styles of the Roaring Twenties, with the lady and her bike featuring several layers of clothing, then the young miss with the magnificent fur hat and wrap a debonair sight to behold, which we will likely never see again. Whatever you may choose to wear, please get out and enjoy the fresh air of spring.
town and county today that could be used in this delightful promotional project. The Centennial Ponoka Afghan The colorful Ponoka Afghan that was produced in honour of our centennial (1904-2004), was purchased as a special souvenir for present and former residents of our community and can always be seen hanging proudly in the Ponoka Town Hall and the Fort Ostell Museum. Vividly depicted on the first afghan were images of the historical first Heritage building at the Alberta Hospital Ponoka (Centennial Centre) that in 2011 celebrated their 100th anniversary; our early tall wooden grain elevators that lined railway street for half a century since their arrival in 1906; the classic Red Brick School that was built in 1929 and continues to serve our vital community education programs; and the Vold Jones Vold Auction Market that was built in 1955, and continues to host livestock sales and special events for this areaâ€™s thriving farm and ranching industry, featured on the bottom panel. Also featured was a hockey player from the annual summer Black Elk Hockey Camp, which offered vigorous instruction, training and fun for young boys and girls from near and
far for close to 30 years at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex; and the longstanding logo of the Ponoka Community Golf Course, which has served golfers of all ages since 1932. The afghan was neatly centred with the stylish bucking bronc logo of the annual Ponoka Stampede, which has brought thrilling rodeo action and family fun to our community every July long weekend since 1936. Along with the completion of the new Ponoka Afghan, hopefully by early this summer, Marlene has also announced that because of a number of requests, she will also re-order some of the old afghans for those who may want to purchase one. All ideas, images, and photos for the new Ponoka Afghan will be welcomed and carefully considered. Those wishing to submit to the exciting community promotion project are urged to contact Marlene Quiring at the Walrus and Carpenter, located at 5114-48th Avenue, phone 403-783-5355, or email www.walrusand carpenter.ca. Thank you for your interest and contributions and for your ongoing and spirited support of Ponoka. Keep it Real.
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Police are looking for a native man who allegedly stole a 60-ounce bottle of Royal Reserve April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Police are unsure of where he is from but he is reported to be wearing a red Ecko jacket and is a person of interest in a Wetaskiwin liquor store robbery. Impaired driver A cellphone Check Stop by police nabbed an impaired driver April 13 at 1 p.m. The 24-year-old man is reported to have been on his cellphone when he stopped at a four-way stop. When the driver was pulled over the officer could smell an odour of liquor. He subsequently failed a roadside screening test, and supplied blood-alcohol samples of .12 and .12. Attempted suicide Police assisted EMS crews with a woman who was violent and suicidal April 10 at 11 a.m. She was reported to have eaten some glass and was breaking mirrors. Crews took her to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre for treatment. B & E into trailer Four youths have been charged with break and enter causing mischief after being found in a holiday trailer April 11 at 11: 45 p.m. The trailer was parked on the 3900 block of 45 Street. There was minor damage to the interior of the trailer. If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477.
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Many options available to students attending career fair By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye Students looking at prospective careers had quite a few options for jobs and schools during a career fair last week. The halls of Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) were full not only with students April 11 but also with representatives from universities, colleges, non-profit agencies, health care professionals and businesses such as Ponoka News. This was the first time health was presented at the career fair, said Wendy Fessler, academic and career counsellor. The main purpose of the fair is to “showcase what’s available to our students.” Work experience co-ordinator Mark Richter said the biggest challenge was bringing the different groups to the school. He wants to give students ideas for jobs after school. “I’d like to see the students see what careers in central Alberta they can do,” he said. “Ultimately I guess it gives them ideas.” “Even if a few students are enlightened…I consider it a success,” added Fessler. Ian Ferguson, Grade 10, enjoyed speaking with school recruiters. “I like the chance to see the different paths to go down.” Among the presenters was the Canadian Armed Forces; Sgt. David McGurgin explained to students the many career paths in the forces and the financial benefit as well. “Most people don’t realize we pay for post-secondary education.” “Students can decide what type of degree they
want to take,” added McGurgin. The busiest area of the fair was where the college and university recruiters were located. Most of Alberta’s larger university and college representatives were there to show students what programs were offered. Courtney Wagner, a University of Alberta student recruiter, feels these fairs create a less intimidating environment for prospective students. “I think they’re so important for students to explore their options.” Steve Kelly, student recruiter for the University of Calgary feels Ponoka is an ideal location to try and attract prospective students to their programs as the town is relatively close to Calgary. Another reason is being able to provide a name and a face to Grade 12 students who are already accepted. Those in grades 9 and 10 can start thinking about their future education, which helps them consider what the school has to offer, added Kelly. Deanna Westgard, an ambassador with Learning Clicks, a government program from Alberta Learning Information Services, says the challenge is helping students realize everyone learns differently but postsecondary education is still important. “It’s just a matter of getting them motivated.” One mother accompanied her son to the fair, not only to speak with him but also to see what is available to her. Sylvia Sen and her son Matt Kebel, looked at the many flyers. “I try to be in every aspect of my kids’ lives,” said Sen. She discussed the option of drafting as an engineer but Kebel is considering being an automotive service technician. Despite a minor difference of opinion they worked together on it. “It builds teamwork,” stated Kebel.
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Const. Chad Adamchick listens to students’ questions about a career with the RCMP. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Working together is Matt Kebel and his mother Sylvia Sen on what is the best option for Kebel. Sen was also looking at options for herself. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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The weaving group who meet on Thursdays @ 1:00 pm would be pleased to show anyone interested, some of their work. Please contact Betty @ (403) 783-3029 for more information. There is also an exercise for seniors workout every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30. More Information? Call Barb @ (403) 783-2416. Activities Monday Billiards 9:00 am Monday through Saturday. Honor system $0.50 game Monday Bridge 1:15 - M. Huysman, E. Hoﬀman Monday WHIST 1:00 P.M. Leo Belanger, Eric Ostergaard Tuesdays and Thursdays Exercise Class - Fun workout. Tuesday Shuﬄeboard - Bill and Lucille Vold Wednesday Partner Bridge - Annie and Marinus Wednesday Sewing Guild 9:30 am to 4:00 pm - Come in and have a peek at our progress. Wednesday Cribbage 1:30 pm - Ken Gascon, Elgin Grant Wednesday Floor Curling - Bill Vold, Lucille Vold, Hilda Good Thursday Weaving 1:00 pm Thursday Bridge 1:15 pm - Sam Drakes, A. Fierlbeck Friday, “500” 1:00 pm - Jim Rawji, Pat Miller
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Full house for trade fair TRADE FAIR
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FRIDAY, APRIL 19th 4:00 pm - St. Augustine School Choir 5:30 pm - Keanu Potts 6:00 pm - Jaylah Nicholson 6:30 pm - Jade Dye 7:00 pm - Ponoka Elementary School Choir 8:00 pm - Ponoka Gymnastics & Trampoline Club
SATURDAY, April 20th 10:00 am - Don Dubitz 12 noon - Tammy Tonneson 1:00 pm - Got 2 Dance Productions 2:15 pm - Murray McRae 3:30 pm - Hobbema Rock School
By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye All booths are booked at the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce trade fair this year. There is even a waiting list on booths should one open up, explains chamber manager Les Jaster. Between 3,000 to 5,000 people usually browse the different booths at the trade fair, which is going to be held at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation complex April 19 and 20. “I’d love to see a full house,” he said. Former manager Lana Johnson was asked to help as this is Jaster’s first time organizing the event. She handled the advertising and showed him the ropes for next year. His hope is to gain new contacts for next year and make sure things run smoothly. “We try to give customers some variety,” he added.
Chamber president Jim Hamilton says there are two reasons for organizing the trade fair: first it is as a fundraiser, “but it’s also to raise the profile of the community.” As part of the “It’s a Jungle in Here” theme 20 trips to the Calgary Zoo will be given away. The winners will take a chartered bus to the zoo with free admission and a $35 food pass. Hamilton feels having Johnson assist with organizing worked for everyone involved. “We seem to have connected really well.” He looks forward to the different events as well as seeing members of the community attend. Different exhibitors Presenters range from car dealerships to a jungle photo booth on the main ice surface and the Ponoka Farmer’s Market on the small ice surface. Those interested in historic photos of their farm can look forward to seeing the archives of Homestead Aerial; owner Kim Bessette has negatives dating back to 1953. Bessette bought the business in 1993 from a man who used to fly around the province taking pictures of homes and would sell the pictures to the owners. Whether looking at the old farmhouse or new owners seeing what the property looked like 20 years ago, Bessette feels there is value in knowing how properties looked. “It’s got a lot of history to it.” He advises bringing a pair of glasses and having some knowledge of the land. Continued on page 21
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New exhibitors for jungle theme trade fair Continued from page 20 “If they have the legal land location that’s the best,” he added. “It’s nice to help people find a little piece of the family history.” Veronica Michaud will be at the trade fair, she uses horses to provide people therapy with her company Healing Soles. Her horses are trained to be around people and youths who have challenges. “My clientele would be mostly high-risk teenagers.” Horses and people interact with each other in a different way and Michaud has people care for the animals and paint them as well. Hobbema Family Services brought youths last summer to her program and they were able to open up and speak with a psychologist while handling a horse. “They were able to have those sessions without the feeling of four walls,” she added. She calls it “empowerment through horse interaction.” Sommer Home Hardware usually has a large space to showcase their new products to attendees. Manager Gary Colyn says lumber will be a focus this year. ‘We anticipate a busy building season.” He also enjoys interacting with people who come to the fair. “I enjoy meeting new and old customers as well as the community relationships and am excited to show the new products that we have,” said Colyn. Farmer’s Market This is the first farmer’s market before the season begins, says manager Donna Merrill. “It’s good exposure and being close to the first market gives people a heads-up.” She tries to get a variety of vendors to the market. There are a few new exhibitors to this year’s market including a wood carver that makes toy trailers and chuckwagons. “I do have a good selection of new clothing coming in,” says Merrill. While shoppers can browse a variety of items, they can also visit with each other and have a hot cup of coffee. “It’s quite a social event.” Local groups such as singers from Ponoka Elementary School and the Ponoka Gymnastics Club will entertain attendees with their skills and children will be able to try out the chamber’s duck pond to win prizes. “If you get the lucky duck you can win a gift basket,” says Jaster.
Usually 3,000 to 5,000 people come through the trade fair. This year it is April 19 and 20 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. File photo
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Miss Teen Ponoka County serves tea at Rimbey fundraiser By Treena Mielke Miss Teen Ponoka County proved she is just as much at home pouring tea and serving sandwiches, as she is wearing beautiful gowns and wowing the judges with her dazzling smile and deep blue eyes. Ann-Marie Rogers-Cooper spent a few hours April 6 helping Valerie Ray, owner of Specialty Teas in Rimbey, serve refreshments and was available for photos and to sign autographs. Her time in Specialty Teas was part of a fundraiser for Save the Children. As a finalist in the Miss Teen Canada World pageant, she is required to do fundraising for the pageant’s charity of choice. Raising enough funds for Save the Children could move Rogers-Cooper into one of the top 20 spots in the pageant and make her one step closer to the title of Miss Teen Canada World. Save the Children is an independent organization creating change in lives of children around the world. When disaster strikes, Save the Children is there with food, medical care and education. They remain to help communities with long-term recovery programs. Taking a few minutes to chat between customers, Rogers-Cooper explained she has optic neuritis in both eyes, an optic nerve inflammation causing blurred vision. “I just woke up with it one morning when I was 14,” she said. After five months in the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, her vision returned partially to her right
eye but she could see almost nothing out of her left eye. Optic neuritis is rare, said RogersCooper. “I was only the 21st person in Alberta to be diagnosed and there were only 346 diagnosed across the world (at that time). While her vision has largely corrected itself, the teen found herself an outsider when she returned back to finish her Grade 8 year. “I didn’t know what was going on, I had missed half the year, I wasn’t in the loop.” Rogers-Cooper decided to enter the pageants as a confidence booster and found she really enjoyed them as well, as always coming home with a placing of no less than third. Rogers-Cooper was honored to receive the title of Miss Teen Ponoka County World in January at the Calgary qualifier for Miss Teen Canada World beauty pageant. She is looking forward to going to the Nationals in Toronto in July where she will compete against 70 or 80 teens from across Canada. “Going to nationals is a great opportunity. I want to show the rest of Canada what Ponoka (County) has to offer and want the country to know how supportive my community is.” When she is not busy competing in pageants, Rogers-Cooper is a Girl Guide leader and participates in youth groups. She has plans to study to be a forensic scientist. She is the daughter of Cory and Kim Powers of Ponoka and the oldest of siblings, Emily Rogers, 13, Ben Rogers, nine and Vayda Powers, two.
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Community garden pros outweigh the cons Last year a friend of mine, a visionary, with a quick smile and an even quicker mind, suggested we share a garden spot. “It’s part of the community garden. We each get our own little plot and we can grow our own vegetables and it will be fun. You’ll see.” “No,” I said. “Why?” she questioned. A bigger woman, a stronger wom-
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a net 14 million bushels to 464 million bushels collectively. As we still wait for spring, I’ve heard of many new corn and soybean producers (read: first-timers) returning their seed as they are becoming less enthusiastic about Brennan Taylor planting the crop in a year where the grow- FarmLead Breakfast Brief ing season is shrinking by the day. Moreover, fertilizer retailers are concerned that with late planting and the expected wet conditions, a normal seven-week delivery period could drop to three weeks. Hopefully, people at Statistics Canada hopefully aren’t just sitting on their hands with regards to the April 24 seeding intentions report. With the poor, uncharacteristic weather hanging around, we’re hearing a lot of buzz of oilseed crops getting switched over to cereals, specifically non-board wheat varieties and non-malt barley. Whatever it comes down to, we hope we can get that crop off come in the fall (later seed = later harvest). Brennan Turner is originally from Foam Lake, Sask., where his family started farming the land in the 1920s. After completing his degree in economics from Yale University and then playing some pro hockey, Mr. Turner spent some time working in finance before starting FarmLead.com, a riskfree, transparent online grain marketplace. His weekly column is a summary of his free, daily market note, the FarmLead Breakfast Brief. He can be reached via email (b.turner@farmlead. com) or phone (1-855-332-7653).
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Farmers hope for profits with record prices Submitted Near record crop prices are fuelling the possibility of a profitable growing season as Ponoka County farmers prepare for spring seeding. “With canola fluctuating around $14.50 per bushel and barley averaging about $5.30 in March, farmers are hoping the weather co-operates better this year so they can cash in on these high prices with bumper crops,” says Lorelei Hulston, provincial insurance manager for Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), which administers crop insurance in Alberta on behalf of the provincial and federal governments. “Producers would like to avoid the disappointment of last year,” says Hulston. “Prices were high and the growing season looked promising. Then came a series of unexpected weather and disease issues that left many with below average yields and crop insurance claims.” Close to $532 million was paid out through crop insurance across Alberta last year, including Ponoka County. Claims were triggered by several factors including widespread hail, lack of moisture, and heat stress caused by hot July weather. “Many canola fields were hit by an unexpected disease called aster yellows. Diseases like sclerotinia and insects like army cutworms also became a problem,” says Hulston. Mother Nature is in control Whether prices remain at near record highs — allowing farmers to cash in once they harvest crops this fall — depends mainly on the weather, says Charlie Pearson, a provincial crop market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “Mother Nature is in control.” Grain prices could drop 10 to 20 per cent Pearson explains today’s high prices were created by last year’s drought in the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, and South America — leaving tight corn and oilseed supplies worldwide. “If the world gets good weather and decent crops, we’ll have larger
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grain supplies this fall — causing prices to drop 10 to 20 per cent depending on how much grain is harvested,” he predicts. “But if drought conditions continue in these major grain growing regions of the world and supplies tighten further, prices could climb higher.” SPE protects high prices “If grain prices climb higher — by 10 to 50 per cent — a built-in crop insurance feature called the Variable Price Benefit (VPB) insures farmers at the higher price if their crop fails, adds Hulston. The VPB paid out nearly $108 million in 2012 — a record amount — when prices jumped by up to 50 per cent on some crops between spring and fall. Hulston expects interest in the SPE will rise this year as producers look for ways to protect against falling prices, but
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up with only average yields due to aster yellows. He adds while hail is usually a major concern, he managed to avoid hail damage last year. All-risk coverage Like Duncan, most farmers enrolled in crop insurance take the highest coverage levels — insuring 70 to 80 per cent of their average crop yield — because it’s impossible to predict what might impact their crops each year, says Hulston. The majority also take the hail endorsement rider, she says, noting about 60 per cent of crop insurance premiums are subsidized by government. Producers with questions about crop insurance can contact their local AFSC District Office or the AFSC Call Centre at 1-877-899-AFSC (2372) before the April 30 deadline.
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she says the production guarantee crop insurance provides will once again be the key reason farmers insure as much as 14 million acres of Alberta cropland this spring. Weather is always a wild card Dennis Duncan, who grows 2,000 acres of canola, wheat, and barley near Bentley, says weather and disease are his biggest risks this year. “Weather is always the wild card,” says Duncan. “We have good moisture for spring seeding but after that, it’s a crap shoot. And world markets? Who knows?” He explains that’s why he always takes crop insurance with the hail endorsement rider, and might add on the SPE this year. “Crop insurance is a necessity,” says Duncan, noting last year he was expecting his biggest crop year ever but ended
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Rimbey racetrack looks to complete drag strip Submitted Central Alberta Raceways (CARs) in Rimbey is the first non-profit multievent motorsports park in Canada. The Kinsmen Club’s vision for the racetrack is to have it become a major tourist attraction that generates revenue to be redistributed to other projects in Ponoka County. Once completed, the park will include a quarter mile drag strip, three-eighths mile dirt oval, demolition derby, mud bog and motocross track. The Rimbey Kinsmen have worked alongside the Rimbey Lions, hundreds of volunteers and numerous private and public donors to construct the park and hold events at the track over the past 10 years. CARs has officially become of member of the National Hot Rodding Association (NHRA) — only the second in Alberta and fourth in Western Canada — and there is interest from National Hot Rod Diesel Association and numerous junior dragsters (ages average 10 to 16), to host regular events. Even the Edmonton City Police have been out to past events to teach youths road safety and promote Central Alberta Raceways as a safe, responsible alternative to street racing. Once completed it is anticipated more than 80,000 spectators and participants will attend the track each year, potentially funneling millions of dollars back into the community and businesses. The Central Alberta Raceways project is being built as funds become available and when volunteers have time to contribute. As each phase of the project is completed it adds new revenue sources to further expedite planned development and contributions to other projects. The community and numerous supporters have contributed considerable time, equipment, material and expertise to complete what has been done to date. Although the Town of Rimbey wasn’t able to contribute toward the facility’s construction, we greatly appreciate their support by leasing the land and hosting annual downtown shootouts to raise funds that allowed the Kinsmen volunteer committee to initiate site design and construction to date that includes the dirt oval, a recently redesigned motocross track, 200-foot-long mud bog pits and 700 feet of concrete on the quartermile drag strip. Ponoka County council has been supportive over the past 10 years, providing the county road for the 2012 shootouts and donating construction materials. Continued on page 31
Excavators can be seen prepping the drag strip for paving last fall.
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director of oval operations Continued from page 30 As fund raising and volunteerism continues • Tanner Giesbrecht, director of motocross operathrough 2013, there are several projects the Kins- tions men are looking to complete this year including: • Todd McBride, deputy director of motocross opcompletion of quarter-mile drag strip, return road, erations For volunteer, sponsorship and any concerns: access road, building additional bleachers, finishing parking lot and fencing for the spectator and email email@example.com Call 1-855-RIMBEYRACE (1-855-746-2397) pit areas. Visit online at: www.caraceways.ca or www. Racetrack events have brought shoppers, hotel guests, fuel and meals from spectators and contes- facebook.com/caracewayfans tants to Rimbey and neighbouring communities. As the Kinsmen continue to work toward their goal of a multi-discipline non-profit motorsport park additional revenues will continue to grow FISHING LICENSES while providing a safe place for kids and adults to & LIVE BAIT compete, race, and enjoy a weekend of family fun. The 2013 schedule brings an exciting line AVAILABLE of events. Visit www.caraceways.ca for update schedule details - Starting the season with mud bogs (ATV, truck and sled) - A full season of dirt oval racing including hobby 4804-50 St. 403-783-3082 and mini stock, IMCA, Sportsman, NPP, and mini www.truhardware.ca sprint - 200 foot drag racing (Inaugural race on the drag strip) CANADIAN COURSE - ATV races on the motocross track - Original Big Foot car crush This is the course you need to get - Demolition Derby your firearms license. As a volunteer committee, CAR openly acSaturday, April 27, 8 am cepts new members, viewpoints and discussions regarding the motorsport park and how it can best Ponoka Legion serve the community, supporters and fellow car en3911 Hwy 2A thusiasts. Central Alberta Raceways recently held open nominations and election for the executive Non-restricted course and exam $120 board that oversees construction and operation. Congratulations to the new committee: Restricted Firearms exam available $80 • Travis Jaffray, president Combined $180 • Phil Swanson, vice-president of finance To register call Guy 780-461-7686 • Melvin Durand, vice-president of marketing • Rod Schaff, director of drag operations • Jeff Makofka, deputy director of drag operations • Dennis Pendergast, Ponoka Minor Hockey AGM and director of oval operaEarly Bird Registration tions • Cory Kincaid, deputy
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Ponoka Minor Hockey will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm at the Legion. Board Positions available are: Ice Scheduler Registrar Referee Director Coaching Director PR/Website Early Bird Registration will also take place at this time. Please see www.ponokaminorhockey.com for more information and for registration forms.
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Submitted by Red Green Spring is here — so it says on my calendar but it is kind of hard to recognize when it snows three times a week. Lots of different species of birds are back so they think spring must be close. The geese are trying
to find a place to nest but are finding it a little difficult to find a place out of the snow to build their nest. I only have one spruce tree in my yard and last year a pair of woodpeckers pecked a nesting hole in it, now they are back making a new nest in the same hole. Well at least they are not
making a new hole in my tree. Looks like it is about spring cleaning time at the club to get ready for all our summer events. We are going to have a get together on May 4 and 5 to spruce up things at the club at Lake Pofianga. Everyone is invited to take part in cleaning up for the up coming season as the facility is rented every weekend for the summer. The Alberta Fish and Game Trophy Ball is April 20 at the Polish Hall in Edmonton. The Ponoka club has a couple of award winners so we will have something to report when the trophies are presented to the winners. Everything starts as soon as the snow melts. We no longer have to register our long guns as you probably know but you still have to have a license to own guns and buy ammunition — so don’t let your PAL expire. If you need one, we teach gun safety courses. If you have handguns you need a membership to a club that has a shooting range. This has been a long snowy winter as it snowed in early October and has not stopped yet here in the middle of April. Deep snow is hard on the wildlife as they have a hard time getting to forage. The Peace River country had about six feet of snow over the winter. Some of my friends had late season elk draws up there in January and could not get through the bush as there was five feet of snow then. That makes it very hard for the fawns to survive the winter. Subway Fresh Anyone who has kids who want to go Try Our to Kid’s Camp this summer should check NEW! soon as the camp fills up real quick. Hope to see you out and about soon as the snow melts.
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Leslie Mennell of Ponoka passed away April 5, 2013. He was born at Paddockwood, Sask. May 1, 1934. He leaves to morn his wife Kathleen, Ponoka. His daughters Debbie (Bob) McLean, Wainright, Cindy (Glenn) Cossey, Innisfail. Step-daughter Terri-Sue (Esben) Larsen, Millet and step-son Michael Giles, Calgary as well as many grand and great-grand children. A family day of remembrance will be held later. We will surely miss his sense of humour and support.
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BLACKFOOT GRAZING ASSOCIATION is looking to fill the position of Pasture Rider. Term is May until end of October. Duties include: Roping, treating and moving cattle, fencing, any other related jobs. Must supply own horse, horse allowance provided. Cattle experience necessary. The pasture is located 45 minutes east of Edmonton. Please contact Dan Brown, President, 780-672-8355 or Dennis Lawson, Secretary, 780-662-2697 or Peter Brown, Director, 780-662-2651
CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL GAS CO-OP LTD. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes @newcartcontracting.com. Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets
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ARROW ARC WELDING is looking for WELDING APPRENTICE LOCATED BY Gull Lake. Phone Brian 318-6760 INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! iheschool.com. 1-866-399-3853
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BIRCHLAND DENTAL CLINIC is looking for a
PART TIME INSTRUMENT STERILIZATION ASSISTANT Prefer some dental assisting experience. The successful candidate must have good work ethic, interpersonal and computer skills. Must have some secondary education Be a team player We will train suitable candidate Hours of work are Monday to Thursday 8am – 4:30pm We offer fair compensation and bonus Please mail resume to Dr. Hugh Porter Box 4128 Ponoka, AB T4J 1R5 Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but advise that only candidates selected for an interview for this competition will be contacted.
ARNETT & BURGESS is now accepting applications for the following position: RECEPTION/TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT Bashaw Ofﬁce Excellent computer skills required, ability to deal with the public, clients and employees. Must be energetic, self motivated, excellent communication skills, and organized. Please submit resumes via Fax: 1-780-384-2402 Email: email@example.com Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
IS LOOKING TO HIRE A FULL TIME
BOOKKEEPER TO JOIN OUR PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING TEAM.
General responsibilities include AR payment posting, AP invoice processing and month end billing, collections management and other responsibilities as required. Minimum two years bookkeeping and Excel experience is required. Applicant must have a positive attitude and willingness to take on new challenges. We offer competitive wages, excellent benefit plan and retirement package.
To apply please send resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver to 430054 Don Laing Business Park RR261, Lot 2. Ponoka
PONOKA FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES JOB DESCRIPTION PROGRAM COORDINATOR Reporting Relationship: Reports to F.C.S.S. Executive Director HOURS: 35 hours per week QUALIFICATIONS: • Post-secondary training with a preference in social sciences and community development. • Experience in social services, publication design and grant application writing would be an asset. • Possess a thorough knowledge of the community and its resources. • Demonstrates effective communication, leadership, and organizational skills. • Ability to work independently and liaise with community individuals and organizations. • Adaptable to an ever-changing work environment • Computer experience required with knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel, Quick Books, and PowerPoint • Reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and $2,000,000 liability insurance. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Works with the Executive Director to develop, coordinate, facilitate and evaluate FCSS programs and community events. (Position Description Available Upon Request) 2. Implement improvements for effective and quality service. 3. Attend meetings and conferences as relevant to programming and services. 4. Be attuned to potential new programs, events, or community gaps. 5. Research and complete grant applications and funding opportunities for programs. 6. Promote FCSS and programming through media, including e-mailing, poster distribution, radio, newspaper, the FCSS scrapbook, and Facebook. 7. Conduct outcomes and complete annual reporting outcomes to FCSSAA 8. Prepare monthly reports to the FCSS Board on activities and maintain regular communication with Executive Director related to all programs. 9. Any other duties or tasks as assigned by the FCSS Executive Director Submit resumes by Wednesday April 24/13 at 12:00 noon to the attention of: Shannon Boyce-Campbell, Executive Director P.O. Box 4004, 5006 – 52 Avenue, Ponoka, AB Phone: (403)783-4462 / Fax: (403)783-4483 email@example.com Thank you to all that apply; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Do you have a passion for helping individuals ﬁnd meaningful employment and improve the quality of their lives? If you answered yes, you may be a good ﬁt for this position! The Action Group is currently seeking a full time EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST for our Ponoka Employment Oﬃce. The successful candidate will: . Be self motivated and have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision . Have a genuine interest in and respect for people from all walks of life . Have excellent written and verbal communication skills . Have exceptional problem solving and decision making abilities . Have strong computer skills Job responsibilities will include: . Assisting clients with all of their career development and employment needs including: resume and cover letter development, job search, interview skills, career planning, computer skills, educational planning, time management skills . Managing a caseload of clients, following up with them on a regular basis regarding their employment action plans . Working one-on-one with clients who have multiple barriers to employment . Facilitating workshops and group learning activities . Completing paperwork and inputting client information into government database . Networking with employers in the community in order to develop positive relationships with businesses . Attending biweekly meetings with staﬀ members from Lacombe and Rimbey oﬃces . Overseeing the day to day operations of the oﬃce Qualiﬁcations: Bachelor’s degree in a related ﬁeld Minimum of two years of directly related experience We Oﬀer: . Competitive wages . Beneﬁts . RRSP Program Submit Resume with Cover Letter to: Laurie Dryden Fax: 403-782-7073 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate found
Twin Peaks Adventures Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons Bay 2, 4750 - Hwy 2A, Ponoka, AB
FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANTS Permanent, Full Time and Shiftwork
$11.00/hr • 40 hrs/wk Apply in person or online at:
email@example.com or Fax: 403.783.5595
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EXPERIENCED FABRICATOR/ASSEMBLERS for a Ponoka Manufacturing Shop Knowledge of ASME code bolt up, basic instrumentation and a commitment to excellence are prerequisites.
SMS FORT MCMURRAY is hiring Professional Monday to Friday positions - Site Services Manager, Technical Manager, Superintendent - Rebuilds and Assembly Shops, Quality Assurance Staff, Shovel Project Coordinator, Hose Shop Team Lead, Human Resources Advisor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.smsequip.com.
Competitive wages with beneﬁt packages available. Interested candidates please send resumé to email@example.com or fax to 403-775-4014
HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC To Work in Bashaw AB Shop, this position is responsible for the Mechanical Maintenance, repairs, servicing, inspections and rigging up of A&Bs on highway trailer and truck ﬂeet. The Majority of this position’s duties will be involved with trailer repairs. Start Date: ASAP Compensation: Competitive wage, full beneﬁts Qualiﬁcations: Alberta on Highway Heavy Duty Equipment Technician. Journeyman Certiﬁcate Condition of Employment: Valid Drivers License
Fax resume: 780-372-4238 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY Truckers/ Drivers
TORNADO Hydrovacs, a division of Petrofield Industries is accepting resumes for: Assembly Department: Industrial Painters, Electrical Technicians; and Labourers. Our Company has an enthusiastic, fast paced working environment with advancement for motivated individuals, and an excellent benefit package. Please forward resume to hr@ petrofield.com or Fax 403 742-5544
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880 Sunrise Village, Seniors Supportive Living has the following positions available:
CLASS 1 TRUCK DRIVER Clean abstract. Must have experience moving heavy equipment that is related to pipeline construction. Beneﬁts available. Please fax resumes to 780-372-4238 Or email to: email@example.com
WANT TO GENERATE some extra revenue this spring? We are hiring short term, seasonal brokers for 4 - 6 weeks contracts in May to pull our hopper bottom trailers. Enjoy excellent rates on all kms and loading/unloading. Interested? Visit www.westcanbulk.ca or call 1-888-WBT-HIRE for further details.
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CASUAL COOK HCA Certiﬁcate or equivalent; CPR; First Aid
Email or fax your resume to: Cindy Osmond, Administrator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 403-783-3324 www.sunrisevillages.com
Calnash Trucking in Ponoka requires a journeyman 3rd or 4th year apprentice heavy duty mechanic. Must be self-motivated with good written and communication skills. Competitive wages and beneﬁts. Please submit resume by: Fax: 403-783-3011 Email: email@example.com
JOHN DEERE SALES & SERVICE
24 Hour Emergency Call 403-783-3337 Home Page: www.agroequipment.com
Hwy. 53 Ponoka Toll Free 877-783-3338 Ph. 403-783-3337 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rimbey Implements Ltd.
MIDWEST PROPANE Gasﬁtter / Crane Truck Operator
Class 3 Drivers license and all relevant Oilﬁeld Safety Certiﬁcates required.
SKOCDOPOLE CONSTRUCTION Ltd
is now accepting resumes for
Please apply with resume to:
Midwest Propane Rimbey, AB. Call: 403 843-8430, Fax: 403 843-8460 or by email to: email@example.com
RECREATION DIRECTOR Looking for a student for to run a kids program 3 mornings/week in July & Aug. at Meridian Beach, Gull Lake Must have a car. If looking for F/T work, would work on the landscaping crew for the remaing hours and start in May. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SEEKING A CAREER in the Community Newspaper business? Post your resume for FREE right where the publishers are looking. Visit: www.awna.com/ resumes_add.php.
General Manager Cell: (403) 783-0593 Bus: (403) 843-3700
Fax: (403) 843-3430
DANDY PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
• PARTS PERSON (Experience Preferred)
• SHEET METAL FABRICATOR • PANEL SHOP ELECTRICIAN
Full Benefit Package & Production Bonuses. Safe, Warm, Modern Working Environment.
403-783-8008 Phone 783-8008 BUY - SELL - CONSIGN 5704 - Hwy 2A North, Ponoka, AB T4J 1M1
Fax or E-mail your resume in confidence to: A.C. Dandy Products Ltd.
PONOKA CHRYSLER JEEP Employment Opportunity
A & J AUTOMOTIVE A & J AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR 6701 - 46 Ave. 6701 46 Ave. Ponoka, AB - T4J 1J8 Ponoka, T4J 1J8 (403)AB783-8755 (403) 783-8755 Al Dickhaut Owner/Operator Al Dickhaut Owner/Operator
Would you like a change in career, or a new employer? Due to an increase in volume we find ourselves in need of a
HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC
CASUAL HEALTH CARE AIDES
To operate in central Alberta.
ATTENTION EXPERIENCED GAS UTILITY WORKERS
Calnash Trucking has an immediate opening for the following position:
Darcy Zimmer - Sales North of Hwy 53 Phone: 403-588-8420 Ferdinand Harkema - Sales South of Hwy 53 Cell: 403-785-7149 Rick Cline - Store/Sales Manager Cell: 403-588-1957
is currently seeking
DO you want regular home (rubber tired hoe,mini times, dedicated truck, a excavators,trenchers, trac hoe) company that cares, beneand LABOURERS fits, exc. wages, safety bonus, year round steady Preference will be given work? We are looking for to those applicants with CLASS 1 drivers for flat applicable tickets and deck work. Must know your previous gas utility experience. cargo securement, be hard working and enjoy driving Valid drivers license and as you visit the 4 western abstract a must. Must be willing to travel province provinces. Please contact wide. Fax resumes to 1-877-787-2501 or fax re403-947-2188 or e-mail to sume to 1-855-784-2330 email@example.com TIRED OF SEMI Truck Driving? Haul RVs from USA to Western Canada! 1 ton and 3 ton trucks required. 1-866-736-6483; www.speedway movingsystems.com
(2 years experience minimum)
Electrical Enclosure & Power Division
Arnett & Burgess is now accepting applications for the following:
CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVISOR If you have great people skills, computer skills, and a mechanical aptitude we will teach you the rest. We offer: up to date work practices, computer equipment, and exceptional training. We foster a team environment, with monthly bonuses, and above average wage compensation. Please apply now! Reply in confidence by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Craig Pateman Service Manager Fax: 403-783-8140
ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE FOR JUST
PER WEEK. REACHING 6000 HOUSEHOLDS PER WEEK.
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IRONMAN Scrap Metal Recovery is picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles and industrial. Serving central Alberta. 403-318-4346
Interested candidates can obtain a copy of the policy & application form for this position by emailing: email@example.com or visiting our website & downloading this information. www.ponokaageventcentre.com Completed application forms can be mailed to:
PAECS Box 4698 Ponoka, AB T4J 1S4 Attention: MAL committee
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LET US WELCOME YOU! Our hostess will bring gifts and greetings, along with helpful information about your new community.
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HEAVY CONSTRUCTION Our goal is to be a Our goal to is to be a service you. service to you.
is currently seeking an individual to serve as the â€œMember at Largeâ€? on our volunteer Board of Directors. The successful candidate should have non-proďŹ t board experience, a background in business and/or farming, an understanding of ďŹ nancial & board policy, a willingness to work as a member of a team, and be willing to commit to the Vision of PAECS. PAECS is the operational board of the Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre, located in Ponoka, AB.
Heather Goodwin 403-704-3647 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ponoka Ag Event Centre Society (PAECS)
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