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The province announces tentative steps regarding the Rivers and Rapid City dams. By Micah Waddell Rivers Banner On Tuesday Oct 6, Minster Ron Schuller (Minister of infrastructure and transportation) held a press conference at the top of the Wahtoponah spillway regarding the status of the structure and the reason behind the low water level. Some more information in regards to the Rapid City dam was released as well. The minister began the conference by welcoming those in attendance, Including Mayor Todd Gill and engineers from Manitoba Infrastructure (MIT). Rapid City dam failed The earthen portion of the Rapid City dam failed during the one in 1,000 year rain event t hat took pl ace ea rlier this year eroding the banks of the Little Sa s k atchewa n R iver. Despite the catastrophic failure of the earthen portion of the dam it appears as though the control structure remains intact and serviceable. 12,000 cfs at peak The heavy rain put a tremendous amount of pressure on the dam at Lake Wahtoponah, peaking at a f low rate of 12,000 cfs over the spillway, three times what the spillway was designed to handle. Since that event

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Can collections for canoes

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cans from the school foyer into and Chimo Beach areas for con- put away in the proper place on s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the after- tributions from the community. the shelving units. They were March 9 edition, the Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious food was weighed and sorted. the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” Elementary school staff memat Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to Although the project was a sen- noted a total of 434 pounds, “a project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne tire high school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch initiated a similar camDubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. Because the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threestudents secured a canoe from Rolling River School Division so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey of times kids don’t get enough week effort simply encouraged with an intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to tournament in which to play, credit but this group of students students to leave product in non-perishables. Although the Zion Church (home of River- athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some students also All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22. PHOTO BY MICAH WADDELL came from a suggestion made by pictured harvest volunteer The Rivers dam aboveLiliane shows the water levels are well below the spillway. The province announced that both Rivers and Rapid City dams willDupuis. be studied for future upgrades. “I heard the idea at a meeting in Brandon. the lake was being stead- St.wAugustine it h a n en g i ne er i n g ity and other local stake- will be. I suspect there emergency relief fund School had tried a Canoe The construc- holders will be consulted was some work needed in conjunction with the ily drained to ensure a Fill company. conjunction with the 10-day tion of such a structure in the matter. Riverdale before the 2020 f lood federal government for level on the reduced stressin Festival du Voyaguer in Winwill not spillway. Thenipeg water level in February. It was veryhappen quickly. mayor Todd Gill said in occurred. There will be t hose af fected by t he In depth is to be held successful at four and feetwhenever I hear inspections will an interview with the an evaluation and then raging waters. The 90 food bank, my earsbe always perk required before it Rivers Banner, “The an- an engineering report. day application period below the spillway until up!” a more can begin, engineering nouncement was about They don’t want to do remains open, though it such a time that She then brought the sugA what we expected. It was these kinds of projects at is noted that most of the modern solution can be is not a fastTheprocess. canoe at Rivers gestion to Riverdale Harvest, Elementary School was to see, the province nice preliminary design for put in place. which MITsupported is in the high water levels so it will municipalities af fected idea and adequately filled. Photo byapplied Heather Gray came out and paid us a the rehabilitation of the contact withasked engineerlikely be this time next by the f lood have her to present the promo-

ing firms in regards to both water management structures. At Rapid City a complete redesign of the dam is being discussed

Rivers dam will begin this month.

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courtesy visit and gave us a place at the table. There will be a project at the Rivers dam but we aren’t sure what the project

year before anything can be done.” Following in the wake of the f lood event the province announced an

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Being thankful again


e need to be thankful for this year, the crops, the low number of COVID-19 cases, the value of community. I know this column may look familiar, as it is much the same as last year’s. It expresses my (our) thankfulness and shows the value of values. It bears repeating. Whether you remember the words from last year or if it’s new to you this year, I hope this piece blesses you in what can be tough times. Our wedding (51 years ago) was a pretty low key event. There was no fundraising social, not a huge guest list and the honeymoon consisted of a drive through the Assiniboine Valley, enjoying what was left of the fall colours and checking out an old stone church. We were both attending university and had to get back to Winnipeg to be in class on Tuesday morning. In contrast to many weddings today, some would call it pretty dull. It was definitely less expensive. But the marriage has lasted, through good times and tough times. Christine says when today’s marriages fall apart, it is largely due to unrealistic expectations. I think she had low expectations about me and I was able to fulfil them– barely! But she is correct, people have unrealistic expectations. Maybe we didn’t set our goals high enough. We have never had a new home, except a new mobile home we moved onto our

Many believe the Bible to be an outdated book of stories, myths, and fables that have long been discredited by science, but I disagree. It’s a compilation of books written centuries ago between the years of approximately 1400 BC - 100 AD, that reveals the creation and redemption of God’s people along with the earth and the entire universe. Within its pages, numerous statements give the Bible credibility as far as science and other subjects are concerned. If you’re wondering how it’s possible for writings so old to have any merit in this day and age, the answer is simple. The God who made all knows all, and He is the One who established the laws of the universe, including morality, logic, and science. Allow me to share a handful of verses with you, along with some details. In school, I was taught that people in the middle ages didn’t know what the shape of the earth was, and well-known explorers like Christopher Columbus sailed off into the sunset while observers feared they would fall off the edge of

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farm east of Arden. We have almost always taken older homes and fixed them up. At last count, it has been 11 different places we have lived, three rented and eight owned. Seven of the owned places have been older places and our current home was built in the early 1900s. It’s still not finished and maybe never will be. Today’s young couples, starting out in life, have been fed a line of nonsense about married life. From observing our parents’ marriages, we both knew that married couples don’t always agree. We willingly carried on that tradition. We argue and discuss and sometimes get angry. I may be accused of being cynical here, but if you love someone and care enough, you will fight at times. Today’s generation, and the past couple of generations, have also swallowed the idea that you have to have a big honeymoon, a new home, a new car, the best of entertainment units and the newest cell phone. All that is well and good and it usually comes with a big personal debt load. I won’t say that the younger generation doesn’t know how to work, because many of them work very hard. While some have no idea what hard work is, many do. We worked hard, and still do, but compared to our parents, we had it a bit easier, for sure. Again, it’s about expectations. I would say one


Ken Waddell word of criticism about today’s workplace and that is many people today tend to shave the clock a fair bit. Very few people who aren’t self employed put in 40 hour weeks. Some do, but a full day is now expected to be 9 to noon and 1 to 5 and that only comes to 35 hours per week. There are 24 hours in a day. If you only work seven, it begs the question, what are you doing with the other 17 on week days and the 48 on the weekend? Truth be known, a lot of our hours today are badly invested in TV, computers and cell phones. Few businesses, and no marriages, are made better by the countless hours we spend glued to electronics. Our 51 years of marriage has produced two sons that resulted in four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. It also resulted in us deepening our faith in God, our appreciation of Christ our Saviour, us having hundreds of friends and acquaintances and last, and

maybe least, our business and political life. We have invested over 50 years, and countless dollars, into family, farming, auctioneering, running for political office and building a tiny publishing empire. We still invest in those things every day, well past “retirement” age. Thank you all, with special thanks to Christine, for making the last five decades what it has been. It’s been mostly good, and the rest we learned from. How much more time we have on earth, only God knows. The past and the future can only be summed up as, “To God be the glory…” Disclaimer: The writer serves as a volunteer chair of the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association. The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the MCNA board or Banner & Press staff.

Science and the Bible

the earth as they faded from view. From what I can gather, this view was debunked long before the middle ages, and the idea of a spherical earth seems to have been presented in the 5th to 6th centuries BC, which took years to catch on. In the Book of Isaiah, written years earlier in the 8th and 7th centuries BC, we read: •Isaiah 40:22 - “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…” God knew all along what shape the earth was because He made it. I don’t know when it was discovered that the earth is suspended in space, but the Book of Job, considered to be one of the oldest books of the Bible, has this to say: •Job 26:7 - “He stretches out the north over space and hangs the earth in nothing.” Gravity is why the planets revolve around the sun, and God created that too. You may not know the term, but all of you are familiar with the hydrologic cycle where water evaporates from the lakes and seas into the atmosphere and returns as precipitation. The cycle wasn’t

recognized until the 16th or 17th centuries, but the Bible mentions it millennia before: •Amos 9:6 - “He who builds His lofty palace in the heavens and sets its foundation on the earth, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land.” •Psalms 135:7 - “He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth…” •Ecclesiastes 11:3 - “...when they are full they pour rain upon the earth…” Bloodletting was a medical practice used for several thousand years to treat many ailments before modern medicine realized the vital role blood has in our bodies. There are cases where too much blood was taken, and the patient lost consciousness or died. The Bible recognized the vital role of blood in the Book of Leviticus written several thousand years ago: •Leviticus 17:11 - “For the life of the body is in the blood…” Because of the virus, we are continually reminded to clean our hands, and thankfully we live in a world with modern plumbing where we

can wash with running water. It wasn’t that long ago when we didn’t have that luxury where medical practitioners washed in a water basin. We know there was no plumbing back then, but it was considered a hygienic practice because we hadn’t yet discovered the world of germs and bacteria until the 19th century. Reading from Leviticus again, God told His people, the Israelites, to wash under running water. •Leviticus 15:13 - “...then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes and bath his body in running water…” In the 14th century, the


people’s practices back in the day, thinking them an ignorant and unlearned lot who didn’t know any better. But God has always known and He gave the Israelites many instructions and procedures to follow that we consider commonplace today, even how to deal with mold and mildew. More to follow next week. If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached at jgklassen@icloud.com J Klassen Rivers, MB

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Black Death claimed the lives of millions of people in Europe. No one knew then what the cause was, so many procedures were carried out to combat the deadly plague, including bloodletting. Quarantining would have helped, but it didn’t become common practice until the 17th century, but did you know that God commanded the use of quarantining among the Israelites centuries before? •Leviticus 13:46 - “He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore, he shall be unclean... and he shall dwell...outside the camp.” It’s easy to poke fun at

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Give thanks with a grateful heart…


he words of this rather new chorus has been looping through my mind this week. Fitting, as it is the weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving. I have been humming it as I valiantly attempt to refinish my kitchen cabinets. Thankful that I have a home, that I have a functioning kitchen, and thankful that I have the ability to tackle rather awesome tasks for an old lady of 74! I am liking the finished product much more than I am liking the process. Humming the chorus as I tidy up my yard. Thankful that I have a yard, fenced now for the convenience of aging dogs. Thankful that the raised garden beds produced enough to share, and for the apple tree that over blessed me with an abundance – again. Apples to share and, unfortunately, apples to haul to the compost. And then, thankful for the community compost site, a place to haul grass clippings, spoiled fruit that I don’t want in my backyard compost bin, a place for the branches trimmed and tidied. That would be one on the big thumbs up to my community, as a country person who always had a burning pile on the go, and places aplenty to toss yard debris. Humming as I prepare for a night rest. Notice I am not untruthful to the point where I prepare for a night’s sleep! Thankful for the safety of my home,

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hile celebrating my birthday a few weeks ago, I realized that I am now very close to the same age my father was when he was diagnosed with the leukemia that ultimately took his life. While the news of his diagnosis took us all by surprise (including him), it did not catch my father unprepared. He had been planning for this day all his life. Everything he did from the moment he began to work his land was an investment in our farm, in our family and in our future. And when he died, he left a thriving farm to my youngest brother and a modern home in town for my mom to enjoy until her passing. I vividly recall one year when I was given the job of cleaning corrals. Dad gave me a list of specif ic plots of land where the manure was to be spread. One tractor equipped with a Farmhand loader, one four-wheeled manure spreader and f ive days later, the job was complete— on time, with no delays due to weather or equipment failure. By the following spring, the manure had been thoroughly incorporated into the ground. The crops that grew on those plots that summer were healthier and produced more grain than they had in several years. It was easy to see how much additional nutrition that natural fertilizer had added to the chemical fertilizer we had applied that spring. My father was a student of the land that provided our family with the income to pay our bills, feed and clothe ourselves and grow our farm. He took several trips each growing season, driving to every corner of our farm, looking for places where the crops weren’t as healthy as they could have been. Then, the following spring, he would point out those places and instruct f irst me, then my brothers, to spread manure on those spots. What we did was an investment in the future productivity of our farm.

the warmth and security it provides and thankful for the clean sheets and heritage quilts. “Now I lay me down to sleep”, a childhood blessing, supplants the give thanks for a while… So many people to be thankful to and for. I watch the clan grow, seven great grands now, keeping young parents busy, and making grandparents out of my children– there is a pay back! I watch the family grow as people, not just as numbers. Young people learning to ride the tide, being gracious and kind even when life isn’t. I watch the caring and support they offer each other and the concern with which they address me. (I keep forgetting I am old.) Thankful for the countless lessons I have learned, about life and myself, as I move through the decades as a family member. Give thanks with a grateful heart. Friends! So easy to give thanks for the friendship shared with folks of many ages and abilities. The caring we share enriches my life and friendships that are alive and well even if we have not spent real time together forever! Still thankful and anticipating face to face time! One of my elderly friends, out of necessity, moved from independent living to the local care home. As I spent time with him, I noted the frequency with which he expressed thanks. For the little things and the necessities. If the thanks came from an overf lowing grateful heart the gratitude changed to– thanks a million! Observing my observing him, as we walked to the door, he simply stated– a little thanks goes a long way. And it does. A lesson that I need to remember, always. And for that lesson, Harry– thanks a million!

He did the same when I left for college. My summers of farm work earned me enough money to fully fund three years of college tuition and residence fees and still have some left over for personal expenses. That money was an investment in my future. It gave me the knowledge and training I needed to launch a successful career in Christian ministry. By his example, my father taught me how to leave a lasting legacy in the churches I served. I did not have to lay the foundation for the work of God in those communities of faith. My predecessors did that. My job was to serve God’s people faithfully and build on the foundation that had already been laid, in the hope that when I moved on to another f ield of service, I would leave the church in better shape than I found it. I think this is what St. Paul had in mind when he encouraged the Ephesians to “live as wise people… making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16) My time on the farm taught me to see everything I do as an investment in myself, in my family, in my community, in the people I serve at my job and in the churches in which I lead worship. I may not live to see the fruits of those investments, but that does not concern me. I am happy to know at the end of each day, the work was well done, the people were well served and (I hope and pray) God was well pleased.

Community Calendar

Oct. 9: Chase the Ace at Rivers Legion Clubroom 5 til 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11: Bingo at Rivers Legion upper hall (doors open at 11 am) masks mandatory. Oct. 11: Rivers United Church service 11 a.m. Oct. 14: Rivers Curling Club Annual General Meeting 7:30 p.m. in Behlen Lounge. Oct. 16: Chase the Ace at Rivers Legion Clubroom 5 until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14: Rivers Game & Fish meeting 7 p.m. at Johan’s shop turn south off Hwy 25 at Taylor Road, left at Whitetail Drive, first left. Nov. 10 and 24: Flu clinic, Riverdale Community Centre, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Book appointment at 1-877646-3888 after Oct. 14.


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hat are you thoughts for 2020 Thanksgiving Day? It has been a year with disappointments, sickness, grief, anger, loneliness, financial losses and many more negative experiences. I thought of the last winter during WWII. We had no food, no coals to heat the house or power to have light in the long winter months. My schooling was all messed up, but there was care and love in my home. When I look around, I see some beautiful hay bales in the fields and many farmers have finished the harvest. We are able to sing again in church and I was surprised how well it went even with a mask on. The Bible talks much about thanksgiving. David was a musician and he mentions often in the Psalms to be thankful and praise God with music and song (Psalm 95:2). In Colossians 3:15, Paul tells us to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts... and be thankful”. May we have peace this Thanksgiving, knowing that God is in control and will bring it to pass. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

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1000- Leif Ericson discovers “Vinland” (possibly L’Anse aux Meadows, Canada) reputedly becoming first European to reach North America. 1867- In the city of Québec, 164 physicians hold a historic meeting to establish the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), founded to empower and care for patients. 1930- 1st transcontinental f light by a woman is completed by Laura Ingalls. 1936- Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles. 1944- Canadians launch offensive in West-ZeeuwsFlanders. 1963- Vajont Dam disaster, landslide creates 50 million cubic metre wave killing around 2,000 in the Piave Valley in Northern Italy. 1973- Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years. 1986- “Phantom of the Opera” premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. 2006- North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons. 2012- Women’s rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she tried to board her school bus in Swat district of northwest Pakistan.

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Quane awarded Game and Fish scholarship Rivers graduate enrolled at Lethbridge College for conservation studies

Hall Sveistrup RAGFA At the conclusion of each school year the Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association awards a $750 scholarship to a deserving graduating student entering the field of conservation and or natural resources. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Kaelen Quane of Rivers, Kaelen, who has been deemed “an excellent candidate” by a collegiate staff member, moved with his family from Pipestone to Rivers in 2016. If he is not playing hockey or baseball, he can be found with his fishing rod at Lake Wahtoponah or one of the neighbouring rivers. Hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors are activities that bring peace and happiness to him. Kaelen has known for many years that his goal is to enrol in a college to learn and train in the field of conservation. Accordingly, he is enrolled in a two year Natural Resource Compliance program at Lethbridge College. The

Natural Resource Compli- him a first hand look at what ance program has been it takes to be at the core of described as a perfect place this vital industry. Upon to start for a dozen careers conclusion of this two year such as a conservation offi- program. Kaelen intends to cer, fish and wildlife officer, continue a further two years fishing officer, park ranger, to graduate as a conservaR.C.M.P. officer, wildlife tion officer. With a blend investigator and other con- of academic and practical servation enforcement ca- learning, he will be well reers. Focusing on the core of equipped with skills and conservation enforcement - knowledge to begin uphold“bears and bad guys” as one ing the law an protecting of the instructors described the resources of our wild it, the Natural Resource creatures and our beautiful Compliance program turns landscape. enjoyable outdoor activities into a career Kaelen w ill love. He will exper ience two fast paced years learning about natural resources and how to detect and investigate natural resource violations through a mixture of lectures, labs SUBMITTED PHOTO and field trips Kaelen Quane that will give

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Al Lepp Redline MX We had our wrap up Ride on Thursday Oct. 2. The recent dry weather has made for dusty and slippery conditions on hardpack, but that didn’t slow the Crushers down. One of the great things about this crew is how they encourage and help each other out, on and off the track. No matter what age or skill level, they look out for each other. Two of the topics we discussed earlier in the year were Friendship and Perseverance. These riders display both of those characteristics

quite well! Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” A few people who we’d like to thank for making this ride season a success: Dave Creighton - On site Medic. Mark Gill - Loader use for

1: Cole Lelond of Rivers 2: The crew with Gill Farms loader and Rempels tractor. 3: Ty ler Sc hwar t z o f Rivers. 4: Speedy #25 of Glenella on the gas. 5: Dave Creighton the on site medic and Sheldon Rempel. 6: D ev r o n B r ow n o f Rivers. 7: Owen Gercema, Rivers and Brandon. 8: Brock Brown of Brandon.

track up keep. Scott Harland & Crew @ TransCan Motorsports: A big batch of free water bottles for the riders. Great service. Happy thanksgiving to everyone. We are very fortunate to live in such a great Country and Community.


day.” It seems God’s work town today, do you know what to do? Are you familiar about to occur. The safest place to be during a tornado is a low spot hat makes sense even now. with your community emergency response plan and the information for the community that is included in that in an interior room away from windows, such as an ind what 6 is R theivers end of our day,October 9, 2020 Banner plan? It may be time to get familiar with that document ner room in the basement or underneath the stairs to the and beginning to rest, when so you know what to do to keep your family safe. basement. Rooms that have extra support in the walls can get to work on us; when Behind only United States, Canada sees the most torsuch as bathrooms are also ideal as bathroom pipes re of God’s presence, when nado activity annually each year – focused on southern provide extra support to the walls. Mobile homes and ore easily. Scriptures assure Ontario and the three Prairie provinces. With the peak camper trailers are very unsafe places to take shelter as ’s just that it’s harder for us a part of an incredible and from high school to university, career goals as well as their the requirements to graduate. News release for tornadoes occurring any time between April they are not anchored to the ground. ork dayBrandon is comingUniversity to an end activity hard-working team that puts there’s obviously a big jump personal interests,” Gill said. and September, we’re right at the heart of a potential Get informed and stay safe. For more information God’s presence. Caring Advice our students first,” said Katie in course content, but there’s “For other students, it can be emergency right now. On average, 43 tornadoes occur visit: Public Safety Canada http://www.publicsafety. we are more free from many stu- Gross, BU Dean of Students. just as big a jump in terms of more of a process of figuring “I remember when I was Brandon University each“From year on the prairies. Environment ow down and be some for aof the out where their strengths lie. feeling or discouraged, emomaking sure that a course choice and respon-gc.ca/res/em/nh/to/index-eng.aspx dents arejust getting Do you know the difference between a weather watch Canada http://www.ec.gc.ca. the world e a timebest foradvice us toininvite ourwhen student fully understands sibility,” Gill explains. “As Always, it is helping students tional, and anxious about a warning? of the many options they advisors, our job is to guide make the best choices now so specific class I was taking, I comes to their education.and aallweather d renewit us.

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Trent Gill has been rec- have in front of them at BU, students through the many they have the most options in was able to book an appointment with Trent right away,” ognized as one of the top to helping them carefully options available at Brandon the future.” Gill, who describes advis- says Alyssa Newton, who academic advisors in the weigh their choices, Trent University, and to help them NACADA Global Awards and the rest of our advising find the best path to achieve ing as a collaborative process graduated from BU with a that is itself also an educa- Bachelor of Arts degree last Program for Academic Advis- team makes sure that every their goals.” He says being recognized tional opportunity, person- year. “Although we made ing. It’s the first time someone student at BU is equipped to is a nice pat on the back for a ally advises more than 650 changes to my schedule and from Brandon University make the best choices.” Officially, Gill received a job where success sometimes students every year. Many of future plans it felt like I was has received the recognition, those are returning students, seeking advice from a close which is presented annually Certificate of Merit of the means being invisible. “For many students just en- who check in with advisors friend.” by the National Academic Outstanding New Advisor Brandon University has Advising Association. Gill’s Award — Primary Advising tering BU, they already have a to make sure that they have the right prerequisites for also made advising a requireRole. While the award is a career in mind, but there canNDREA hometown is Rivers MB. be many different ways to get the courses they want, to ment for all incoming students GillHeather says Fast “Advising is a critical bit of a mouthful, Stylist DAMSON there, and it’s very rewarding arrange their schedules and and now has available two that translating complexities part of aActively student’sserving journey Stylist Wendy Harder Rivers Minnedosa-based mobile dental hygienist techjob. MelissatoRoberds and University area on Wednesdays academic advisors, help them find the right class workloads, and•toResidential ensure full-time parcel of his at Brandon for so is part andStylist/nail & Commercial with competitive Personal three&student success officers, educational match for their care they homes are on track to•fulfill allWiring Farm Trenching many reasons, and Trent isrates.“When students move OPEN To book appointments, Tues., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Home care




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Rivers and Area Community Foundation takes part in the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund

Submitted RACF Rivers and Area Community Foundation today announced it will provide $30,000.00 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of an ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Rivers and Area Community Foundation is among community foundations across Canada that are taking part. “As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” says Donna Morken “Local charities and non-profit organizations are pillars in this community. For over six months, they have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most but the reality is, they’re

struggling with increased demand at the same time as revenues have decreased. We’re thrilled to be able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF but we also see the need for stabilization support for the sector, so they can continue their good work in our community over the long haul.” The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada. A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in June and July. Rivers and Area Community Foundation awarded $42,109.00 to ten organizations in the area. These included: Riverdale Early Learning Centre – $13,210 – Kinder Readiness Catch Up Program & Re-opening Riverdale District Health Auxiliary – $1,232 – Outdoor Shade & Netting Umbrella Project for the Personal Care Home so residents can sit outside and self-distance with family members


Riverdale Municipality – $3,500 – Re-opening and sanitization for all employees & citizens utilizing the municipal office Razzamatazz Dance Club – $5,000 – Surviving the Covid-19 Closure and moving forward Prairie Crocus Regional Library – $2,167 – Reopening Project so that everyone may be able to visit the library Rivers & Area Lions Club – $5,000 – Community Sustainability Project dealing with vulnerable seniors and children Riverdale Community Development Corporation – $5,000 – Community Drive-In project Rivers Minor Baseball – $2,000 – Return to Play 2020 Riverdale Community Centre – $1,000 – Reopening Plan with PPE Rivers Royal Canadian Leg ion Branch #75 – $4,000 – Lifting Spirits by providing meal/social opportunities for veterans, seniors and children. Starting on October 5, 2020, Rivers and Area Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees through the Community Foundations of Canada website. The deadline to submit an application is October 30, 2020. Grants can be used

for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit the foundation website for eligibility and application details. “Charities and non-profit organizations are at the

heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.” -The Honour-

able Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development For more information see the Rivers and Area Community Foundation website at www.riversareacommunityfoundation.org, our Facebook page or the Community Foundations of Canada website.


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