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Are You Interested In Joining The Men’s Shed?

MenSheds Manitoba, Doug has helped men come together, stay productive, and contribute to the community; all of which they say are keys to maintaining overall good health.

So far, the Vermilion group has brainstormed several ideas of what can keep them busy in the coming years. As well as being somewhere to have coffee and expand social networks; they are hoping to keep a learning environment where men can learn and practice woodworking; blacksmithing; firearms; millwright skills; as well as automobile mechanics or restoration. They may even plan some recreation activities, games nights, or occasionally invite speakers to discuss health topics of interest, or things such as retirement, estate planning and investments. Because it’s a little different than anything currently in existence in the community, the Vermilion Men’s Shed seems to be sparking interest with anyone who hears about it.

In the coming weeks they plan to reach out and contact potential partner organizations to discuss meeting or work space as well as potential sponsorship. FCSS Coordinator, Carol Coleman, noted that operating under a partner organization can help assist the group with grant writing and banking, as well as liability and insurance. Eventually, the group will oper

Similar to other clubs you could provide a service for a small price or donation, such as bike repair or wooden birds for sale or donation to the Lodge. Other projects could include flower boxes, herb boxes or raised garden boxes. Discussing that Vermilion acts as a central hub of the county, they said it may be a good location for the club and as it grows, but that people from any corner of the county (urban or rural) should be encouraged to attend.

As they get started they may need to share and borrow unneeded tools from other men’s sheds, or attend one in another area to see how they operate. They will soon be discussing necessary roles within the organization and could

but will try to plan some daytime projects on the weekends so that people are more alert and energetic. They encourage people using word of mouth to create more interest, and may host a social gathering such as a pool tournament in order to get the word out.

“A lot of clubs are already established, but it is through those connections that new relationships and clubs grow over time. Conversation is different when you have a project,” said CVR Community Development Coordinator, Candice McLean. “When you have these intergenerational relationships, you create connection and opportunity to talk and learn from one another. Older people have experience and wisdom, and young

similar is invaluable.”

Overall the participants so far seem keen and are encouraging more members to join so they can share both the organizing responsibility and everyone’s wealth of knowledge. So far they are still determining whether they would start with one project focus or alternate throughout the year, but they agree that the more interest they create, the more they will be able to offer and accomplish. Essentially the group aims to benefit its members with a sense of connectivity and productiveness, but in the long run they will also benefit the community as a whole with their partnerships and projects. Everyone from college students to seniors is encouraged to get involved.

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Over the past week, Barb Knauft from the Vermilion Quilt Guild donated funds remaining from their Pillowcase Project to three local organizations.

“We raised $8,100 during the Pillowcase Campaign; we used $4,500 of that money to fill the pillowcases, and we decided to donate any unused funds to facilities with recreation departments,” said Knauft. “The amount donated to each organization was based on their resident counts, and we have

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received a lot of positive feedback from all the locations.”

A cheque for $1,130.64 was presented to Allison Betz for the Friends of Vermilion Health Care.

“I would like to send out a huge thank you to the Vermilion Quilt Guild on behalf of the Friends of Vermilion Health Care for the donation they gave to us for the Long Term Care recreation department for the residents,” said Alison Betz.

Knauft presented a cheque to the Vermilion Valley Lodge for $2,520.39 to help the

recreation department.

“On behalf of the Vermilion Valley Lodge Residents and Management we would like to sincerely thank the Quilters Guild for their very generous monetary donation as well as Christmas gifts to all residents. In addition, a great big thank you to the local Sheriff’s for partnering with the Quilters Guild on the Christmas gift project and delivery to our residents. This monetary donation will be used in the Recreation Department to further enhance our community inclusion initiatives. Thank you again!” commented Carrie Kohl-

russ, CAO Vermilion Valley Lodge.

She also presented Vermilion FOCUS with a cheque for $447.50 for their recreation department.

“We are so grateful to the Guild for the donation and the Christmas gifts they provided for our individuals. The individuals loved the pillowcases, and the monetary donation received will be put towards items that help enrich the lives of our individuals such as games, life skill items, and for the outreach centre,” commented executive director Rob Snow.

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Executive Director Rob Snow of FOCUS Vermilion receiving a cheque from Barb Knauft on behalf of the Vermilion Quilt Guild. Carrie Kohlruss, CAO and Brittany Lysons, Recreation Director of the Vermilion Valley Lodge receiving a cheque from Barb Knauft on behalf of the Vermilion Quilt Guild. Photos submitted Alison Betz (right) representing Friends of Vermilion Health Care receiving a cheque for $1,250 from Barb Knauft on behalf of the Vermilion Quilt Guild. Photo Braxton Hoare

Demo Day At Upper Level Pottery & Art Gallery

Locals gathered to watch as artists were demonstrating their work at Upper Level Pottery & Art Gallery on January 24.

Monica To, demonstrated watercolour painting, Cindi Plant demonstrated Batik art, and Brandy Berg demonstrated jewelry making with fine silver clay.

Brandy Berg has lived in Vermilion for the past six years and began this particular jewelry process in June of last year, but this was her first time offering a demo.

“It was a blast - the ladies that came in had amazing questions and were really interested in what we all did. It was a lot of fun,” said Berg.

She launched her business on December 3, last year at the gallery and it was a huge success so she brought some of her pieces back in to sell.

“I’m grateful to Heather and the gallery for putting on the demo days. Being brand new to the precious metal clay, not a lot of people know about it so it is nice to have

that opportunity to show people. I used to do other jewelry and decided to go into a higher end line with the metal clay,” said Berg.

When making an item, first she conditions the clay, then she conditions her tools with olive oil so they don’t stick to the clay, she then rolls the clay out and uses textured stamps or wax sealed stamps to create the designs and takes a small clay cutter to cut out the shape she wants, and then dries it on a coffee warmer. She said her jewelry differs from others because when it is fired with either a kiln or torch (she uses a torch) it is .999 fine silver.

“As a creative outlet, I love being able to see the final product. It actually has helped with bringing stress levels down because when you are focusing on creating something, you are not focusing on anything else but that particular piece,” said Berg.

Outside of making jewelry, she is a registered massage therapist and certified reflexology therapist. For youth or new artists and entrepreneurs she suggested

sticking with what you like.

“A couple days ago I ruined two pieces in one day. Part of being creative is about trial and error; you have to expect that not everything is going to go perfectly. Looking at the ruined piece and learning from that mistake, you can go to building a better product on that next piece,” said Berg. “You have to find what you love. I love helping people on their wellness journey with the massage therapy, and with my jewelry

I like making pieces that speak to people. I made one piece that had sea turtles. I love them, and the person that bought it looked at it and went, ‘I have to have that.’ I love seeing people find the connection with my pieces.”

For more information you can follow Brandy Berg Jewelry on Facebook, Instagram, or Shopify. She and the other artists also have work available at the Upper Level Pottery & Art Gallery.

Billi Jean Miller Releases Book


Vermilion-area author features local families in book about “farm kids.”

In her fourth book celebrating farm life, Billi J. Miller zeroes in on more local-area residents to talk about “what life is – and was – like being raised a farm kid”.

Following her successful previouslypublished “Farmwives Book Project ”, Miller continues telling the stories of Canadian farm families from her home office just thirty minutes southeast of Vermilion where she lives with her husband and two daughters

Billi’s fourth book “Farm Kids: Stories from Our Lives” was released on December 10, 2022. Capturing stories from centenarians like Vernon Marlatt, and her husbands’

great grandmother Jean Hunter, Miller asked them what a typical day was like after they got home from school, what they remember doing most on weekends, and what their key memories were of their mom.

Peppered with the hilarity and frank honesty only present-day “kids” can master, Miller includes interviews from present-day local-area kids like Max Merrild. When sixyear-old Max was asked about the coolest thing about his Mom. He answered: “probably that she goes to town and gets a lot of groceries.”

This book is filled with stories that will enlighten you, warm your heart, and make you laugh out loud.

Sure to satisfy even the urban reader,

Phyllis Poliakiwski

July 9, 1946 – January 2, 2023

It is with deep sorrow and sadness our family announces the passing of our, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Phyllis Poliakiwski on January 2, 2023, at the age of 76 years.

She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by husband of 58 years Bill Poliakiwski; son Darcy (Nicole) Poliakiwski; daughter Tracy (Glen) Trynchuk; granddaughters Jordan Poliakiwski (Rob Keller), Alex Poliakiwski, Sydney (Austin) Partington, Brette Poliakiwski, Breanne (Kyle) Tarkowski, and Brittany Trynchuk; great grandson Wrenynn Tarkowski; siblings Joe (Wanda) Tymchyshyn, Stan (Lillian) Tymchyshyn, and Dianne (Orest) Humeniuk; sister in law Iris Tymchyshyn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Joe & Victoria Tymchyshyn; siblings Bernice (Mike) Chanasyk and Jack Tymchyshyn; parents in law John & Mary Poliakiwski. A private family service has taken place and Phyllis was laid to rest at the Vermilion Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. A slideshow of Phyllis’s Celebration of Life can be viewed on Re ections Funeral Facebook page.

Memorial donations may be made to STARS, Haying in the 30’s, or charity of one’s choice.


Bill, Darcy & Nicole, Tracy & Glen and families wish to extend sincere appreciation and a heartfelt thank you to family, friends and neighbours for your love and comfort, words of encouragement, prayers, sympathy cards, owers, phone calls, text messages, emails, and donations to our charities.

Thanks to Candice and sta of Re ections Funeral Home for your compassion and guidance while making the arrangements for Phyllis. You handled all arrangements with professionalism patience and the utmost attention to detail.

A very special thanks to Candice for o ciating Phyllis’s beautiful service. Candice we know you went above and beyond and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you to Father Roman for o ciating the graveside service.

Thank you to the nurses at the Acute Care in the Vermilion health care centre who provided Phyllis with great care and compassion.

Thank you to Sharon Jaremco for providing the lovely dinner after Phyllis’s service.

Our family continues to be overwhelmed with all the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity shown to us.

Thank you, Bill, Darcy & Nicole, Tracy & Glen, and families

“Farm Kids: Stories from Our Lives” teaches through story and a special chapter of “What we want you to know.” Miller captured the thoughts of hundreds of farmers on what they wish non-farmers knew about them.

Receiving rave reviews by readers, Billi’s book is available at the Vermilion Co-op Food Store and Farmstead Market in Kitscoty as well as anywhere books are sold online (Indigo, Amazon and Billi’s website).


“I believe it is so important for people to hear farmers stories and you (Billi) have played such an important role in sharing some of these memories & stories.” - Mady, Learning About Ag With Mady.

“As a farm kid from the ‘70s and mid-’80s, I found myself transported back to those days, as I too have been chased by a chicken, helped feed and clean the pigs, been tossed off a horse right onto a frozen manure pile and spent many hours placing straw bales to make the perfect fort. If you’re a farm kid from any decade, Billi J. Miller’s “Farm Kids” will make you smile, tear up or laugh in agreement. “ - Cheryl Brooks, 840 CFCW.

“Farm Kids” effortlessly takes you through time capturing the stories of life on the farm as a farm kid through the 1920s right to the present. Excellent and touching book for anyone interested in this life.”Peterson Brothers.

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Lately I have been doing a deep dive into research about the gut microbiome. What is most interesting to know is that our immune system is in the gut microbiome. A healthy microbiome requires a variety of healthy foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes. A healthy microbiome requires the healing of inflammation by the elimination or reduction of of refined processed foods, fast foods made with junk oils, excess sugar and food additives. A healthy immune system requires a microbiome that has a large variety different benefi -

Happiness is a good night’s sleep

I’ve been struggling to sleep at night. It’s quite a common problem. More than twenty-five percent of Canadians report having trouble getting to or staying asleep.

Apparently, the average person sleeps about 7.2 hours each night, which frankly doesn’t sound too bad. I don’t get that much rest. I tend to drop off sitting bolt upright during one of the perch-on-the-edge-of-your-seat crime dramas I watch in the evening and then snuggle in my cozy bed two hours later, staring bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the ceiling.

The children that ride my school bus don’t appear to struggle with

Bean And Vegetable Salad

cial bacterium. To have a diverse microbe we need to eat a variety of healthy food. Variety is the key. As you can see, this recipe has a variety of foods that can bring great benefit to your health and microbiome.

Kidney beans are a protein fiber combo that helps stabilize blood sugar. Beans are a low glycemic food that is high in fiber eating them can aid in weight loss. A diet with adequate fiber lowers blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of both heart disease and colon cancer. The fiber in beans can provide you with digestive health by providing the nutrients needed for the development of the good bacteria in the lower digestive tract. Celery contains at least twelve different anti-oxidants that have shown to protect

our cells, blood vessels and organs. Celery is also anti-inflammatory, calming to the nervous system and hormone balancing. Celery is protective of the digestive system, and may help protect our digestive system from the damaging but flavorful compounds found on barbequed meat. Both onions and garlic are anti-inflammatory. Onions contain quercetin which is a potent anti-oxidant.

This is a fresh tasting salad with just the right amount of crunch and texture. This recipe can be doubled for a larger gathering. Combine a bean salad with any grain such as pasta or bread or a dairy product and the protein from the beans becomes as complete in amino acids as eating meat.

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insomnia. I’m envious. I’ve seen kids fall asleep on the cold, vinyl seat of a bus in between, pulling away from the schoolyard and reaching a stop sign one block away. I’ve watched kids fall so deeply asleep that when we arrive at their house, I must stop the bus and physically walk to their seats to rouse them. Often, they’re so utterly relaxed they slither to the floor like gunny sacks of potatoes or nod off during fifty-five or so rousing choruses of “The Wheels On the Bus.” Once, as we clattered down a bumpy gravel road, a little girl fell asleep with her head propped on a giant chocolate cupcake, icing side up. Children can fall asleep anywhere.

How do they do it?

Some men I’ve known also have an uncanny knack for sleep. Namely, my son Chris. When he was little, he’d ride in Dad’s old Case tractor as my father cultivated fields. Chris would arrive home filthy but happy after a full

day spent recumbent on the cab floor, sleeping soundly as his head slammed against the window repeatedly. Dad would always marvel at that.

As Chris became older, things didn’t change. He snoozed through not one but two major root canals. Who does that? When I visit the dentist, I put on a brave face but, in fact, am a stiff and fearful woman with my eyes rolled back in my head, my hands clenched in my lap, and my body taut as a violin string.

Chris, on the other hand, unwinds completely. In this instance, as the chair was reclined, his mouth was clamped open, a 1000-watt bulb was trained on his face, and two gowned attendants yanked at his teeth, he enjoyed a blissful time of repose. Then, after the fearsome task was accomplished, they had to bloody wake him up! Now that’s

1 can of white kidney beans (19 ounce)

3 tablespoons minced yellow or red onion

1 clove garlic chopped

3 -4 radishes, minced

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

1 tablespoon finely chopped dill weed

2 tablespoons chopped red or orange pepper

1 apple chopped (such as Gala)

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1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Drain and rinse the beans. Combine all the remaining ingredients and stir.

was a teenager, visiting the family of a friend attending college in London, England. With her mother’s characteristically generous spirit, the lady insisted I sleep beside her in the only bed while the dad was relegated to the sofa.

During that first fateful night, I fell asleep in a flash, dreamt I was toppling from the peak of Buckingham Palace, and latched onto the poor woman for dear life, pulling her close and clawing mercilessly at her person in an attempt to save myself from an unspeakable death. They couldn’t wake me up. The next evening my bed was laid out on the sofa. This was as it should have been, to begin with, but it’s also where I started staring at the ceiling late into the night. Then, because I felt like a fool, but now what’s my problem?

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Discussion Province’s Wealth In Vermilion

In 1931, the province, and much of the world, was going through The Great Depression. Many were worried about what the future held for them but the government often tried to reassure people that the down time in the economy would not last long.

Of course, what no one was willing to admit was that The Great Depression was just getting started and it would be another eight years before things would finally turn around.

On May 14, 1931, R.G. Ried, the Minister of Lands and Mines, and the MLA for the Vermilion area, came to the community with O.L. McPherson, the minister of public works, to speak to the Chamber of Commerce.

Reid told the gathered group that more homestead lands would be made available and soil surveys had been conducted. Land would be made available first to those who pioneered in the province. To those coming from outside the province, they would also have a chance to purchase land.

McPherson spoke about the road policies and the difficulties the province was having getting roads built due to the sagging economy. He spoke about the higher standards for roads, and the need to ensure busy roads like those in Vermilion were graveled and graded on a regular basis. Once again, that was somewhat limited due to costs.

He then spoke about the Vermilion road going east to the boundary, which he hoped crushed rock in the district could be found. Once that was secured, construction would begin using local

Letter To The Editor

I received a glossy half-page (both sides) advertising brochure regarding Alberta’s new approach to health care. Government advertising can be problematic. There is a legitimate reason for governments to inform us about new programs that we may wish to take advantage of. But this is not the purpose of this advertising campaign.

Any advertising is spin. We should approach any piece of advertising by asking ourselves what is being spun, because the most important aspect of any advertising is unspoken. So the unspoken message of this advertising is this: We have screwed up the medical services in our province and now we are going to fix it. There is an implicit admission of how the government messed up the medical system in the list of things they intend to fix.

BUT – there is no plan to fix the mess they have created. If there was, there would be an announcement of the resources that are being committed to solving the problem. It is easy to say that we will cut emergency room wait times. But it ain’t happenin’ if we don’t pour more money in to hire more doctors, nurses, other staff to work in emergency rooms. Each of the issues in the brochure faces the same problem. The implication is that “We’ll just say we are addressing this problem, but we won’t commit the resources to actually fix it. If we say we are fixing it, people will never figure out that nothing has changed. And we don’t have to do anything.”

There is no reason for this kind of advertising anyway, other than paying for an election ad with public dollars. There is no new program that we can use. If this govern -

labour. For those in Vermilion, news of work was something they were all hoping for as many were starting to feel the pinch of The Great Depression and any sort of government relief was still a long way off.

As for both men, Reid would go on to become premier of Alberta, serving from July 10, 1934 to Sept. 3, 1935. His time as premier is the shortest in the history of the province.

For Oran McPherson, he went through a bad divorce in 1932 that made headlines across the province and hurt the reputation of the province. Coupled with the sex scandal of John Brownlee, many portrayed the party, the United Farmers

ment were serious about solving the problem, they would expend the money wasted on this advertising by hiring some people to put into the system where some of the issues could be addressed. It’s so much easier to say you are doing something than it is to actually do it.


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of Alberta, as one of moral decay. Contact Craig at craig@canadaehx. com

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Dec. 24, 1934 - Feb. 7, 2021

A limb has fallen from the family tree. I hear a voice that whispers, ‘Grieve not for me’ Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you. Keep on smiling, the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.

Remembering all... how I was truly blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your lives, don’t stare at the wall. I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin. Until that fine day we’re together again.

Always In Our Hearts, Your Children & Grandchildren

“Hay” Clandonald

The Clandonald Agricultural Society extends a big thank you to our major, media, gold, silver, bronze and live auc�on sponsors. We could not host this event without your con�nued support. To the businesses who donated door prizes for the evening—our thanks.

Major Sponsors ADAMA Canada

College Park Motors

County of Vermilion River

K.E.L. Services (Mechanical) Ltd.

Outback 646 Ranch House

Nutrien Ag Solu�ons (Canada) Inc.

Ram River Environmental Consultants

Rock Solid Nitrogen Services Ltd.

Serendipity Massage

Media Sponsor

Vermilion Voice Gold Sponsors


Agriterra Equipment

All In Farm Services Ltd.


Anderson Insurance Group

Cal’s Hardware Ltd.

Clandonald Volunteer Fire Department

Clanmac Mechanical Ltd.

Cornerstone Co-opera�ve

Deer Creek Agriculture Ltd.

Ferbey Sand & Gravel Ltd.

Fountain Tire Ltd.

G3 Canada Limited

Ireland Farm Equipment Ltd.

KH Designs

Koback Enterprises Ltd.

Li�le Creek Investments Ltd.

Neudale Veterinary Services

Op�mist Electric Ltd.

Richardson Pioneer Limited

Ron’s Cat Service

Rubber Rock Resources Ltd.

Rural Roots Florists/Barnyard Crea�ons

Rusylvia Transport Selte Fuels Inc.

Signatures Collision & Frame

Stewart Realty-Stewart Auc�ons

Toma Fine Floors/Shelly’s Window Coverings

Vegreville Ford Sales & Service Inc.

Vermilion Credit Union Ltd.

Vermilion Insurance Services Ltd.

Vermilion Ready Mix Concrete

Silver Sponsors

Clandonald Coopera�ve Seed Cleaning

Associa�on Limited

Derwent Pizza

Don’s Bo�le Depot

Elk Point Insurance Ltd.

Goad Family Angus

L&A LLP Chartered Professional Accountants

McPhee Trucking

Mrs. J’s Catering

North Central Livestock Exchange Inc.

Rusylvia Enterprizes

Shopper’s Drug Mart

Uniquely U Styles

Vermilion Veterinary Clinic (1977) Ltd.

Zarowny Motors (St. Paul) Ltd.

Bronze Sponsors

Clandonald Country Store

Dewberry Data Service

Fantasy Flowers

Golden Loaf Bakery

Jeffrey Kenyon Professional Corpora�on

Shear Stylin’

Vermilion Plumbing & Hea�ng Ltd.

Live Auc�on Sponsors

Anatole Pashulka

Farm Credit Corpora�on

Lindsay’s Gooseneck Service Ltd.

Nathan & Leith Ma�hews

Rocky Mountain Equipment

Rocky Mountain Farm (Peter Loewen)

Ron Harasiuk

Rusylvia Transport

Vermilion Feeds (Anthony & Marion Mar�n)

Vermilion Packers Ltd.

Viking Auc�on Mart

Webb’s Machinery (Vermilion) Ltd.

Auc�on/Door Prizes

ATB Financial

Cindy Lychak

Dollar Store


Jack & Irene Rochford

Karen’s Klassic Kuts

Long’s Value Drug Mart

Main Street Hardware

Mau Lam Restaurant

Men’s Den

Midwest Auto Supply Ltd.

NAPA Auto Parts

Ram River Environmental Consultants

Sco�a Bank

Shear Stylin’

Super 8

The Barn Burner (Mark Schommer)


Uniquely U Styles

Wilde & Co., Vegreville

To everyone who a�ended this event—without you, we could not hold our annual “Hay” Clandonald. Our apprecia�on is also extended to the Clandonald 4-H Club who helped with set up and clean up; those who helped in the kitchen and to clean up; and Edward McCormack, our auc�oneer for the live auc�on. We wish to thank our speaker, Carien Vandenberg and magician, Brent Cairns, for an entertaining and informa�ve evening. Thank you to all who helped in any way. With this combined effort, you all made “Hay” Clandonald a tremendous success! See you next year!

Clandonald Agricultural Society

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The Lloydminster Museum + Archives is excited to be announcing the launch of the Health in Space: Daring to explore which is a special exhibition developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. It is one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency.

“Ingenium is proud to bring Health in Space to visitors with the help of the Canadian Space Agency. This exhibition helps to demystify a very complex aspect of space exploration, celebrate the important contributions Canadians have made in this field, and better understand the unique medical challenges astronauts face,” commented Christina Tessier, President and CEO of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Inno-

Health In Space


“The Health in Space Demystifies the health challenges that astronauts face while living and working in space, such as variable gravity, radiation and isolation.

Through authentic artifacts and captivating interactive activities, this exhibition will engage visitors to better understand Canada’s role in advancing health research,” stated a press release. The release also said, “Discoveries in this field will be essential for the success of future deep-space expeditions and may also help solve medical challenges on Earth.”

“Studying the history of space exploration and the contributions of Canadians allows us to gain a deeper appreciation for the bravery and ingenuity of those who paved the way for humanity’s journey to space. Their legacy inspires us to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and to dream of the

Dorrit Coburn Obituary

On October 14, 2022, Dorrit Coburn of Vermilion passed away at the age of 95 in Mannville, AB. Dorrit is loved and remembered by her children, Karen Waltz, Linda (Lucas) Piskunowicz, Murray (Katherine) Coburn, Brenda (Gerry) Wenckowski, Candice (Bob) Enjenesk, Lori Coburn and Lexie (Ron) Pierce, 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, brother Robert Nelson, and sister, Evelyn Smythe. She was predeceased by husband, Howard Coburn, daughter, Anita, parents, Tom and Margit Nelson, twin brother, Eric Nelson, John Nelson and sisters, Esther Phillippe, Margaret Patterson, and son-in-law, Marvin Waltz. Dorrit was born on August 21, 1927, in Oste e, Denmark and at the age of 3 immigrated to Canada with her parents and Eric and Esther. Dorrit attended school in the Koknee District and then helped out on the family farm. At about the age of 19, she worked at the Vermilion Municipal Hospital. She enjoyed attending country dances and those at the Elks Hall. About this time she met Howard Coburn and they were married in 1948. The lived and farmed in the Preston District until Howard’s passing in 2002. Dorrit moved to St. Albert and lived with her daughter, Anita. In 2016 she moved to the Vermilion Valley Lodge. Because of declining health she moved to Wainwright in May of 2022 and later that year to the Mannville Care Center. She resided there until her passing. Family was important to Dorrit. She enjoyed sports like baseball, curling and hockey that her family was involved in. She became an avid Oilers fan where she would pick and enter hockey draft players each year. Also, she enjoyed attending dinners with the Preston ladies, bingo, shopping and the odd trip to the casino. Mostly, she loved to cook and read cookbooks for pleasure. Sour cream lemon pie and Danish Braid were a couple of her specialties.

She grew a huge garden and milked cows for many years.

Thank you to the sta at Vermilion Valley Lodge, and Mannville Care Centre for their kindness and all the did for Mom. We also want to thank Creech’s Lakeland Funeral Home for their kindness and arrangements, Reverend Ann McGrath for Mom’s service at the United Church, Sharon Jaremco who prepared a wonderful lunch and all those who attended the service. We also thank those who made donations to charities, sent food, owers, cards and all the phone calls and visits.


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incredible adventures that await us in the vast expanse of space.” “Exploring the vastness of space and the intricacy of our solar system fosters a sense of wonder and curiosity in children, inspiring them to learn more about the world around them and to think critically about the mysteries of the universe,” said Holly Durawa, Collections Co-ordinator, Lloydminster Museum + Archives.

The Health in Space will include video interviews with Canadian astronauts, who will offer a first-hand insight into their experiences. There will be a special section within the exhibition that will highlight astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ recent mission, highlighting his selection and training to experiments he conducted while aboard the International Space Station.

This special exhibition will be hosted by the Lloydminster Museum + Archives until April 26. During the exhibition there will be several educational programs open to the schools and the public.

The Health in Space-Childrens programming will be available during the February school break providing participants the opportunity to complete a space mission, as well as, to participate in activities, games and challenges to see how the world works, and create science and

space-inspired art.

For this program ages 8-11 year-olds can register for the February 21 to 23 event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $105 for all three days. The program will be available to children ages 5-7 on February 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be $35 for the day. You can register for the program by visiting Lloydminster.ca/LMAPrograms or by calling 780-874-3720.

Another program that will be held during the exhibition is the Indigenous Interpretations of the Night Sky and will be lead by Education Specialist Jennifer Howse from the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. This program is open to school groups and the public. March 23, from 7-9 all ages can attended at a cost of $10. On March 22-24 grades 1-12 there will be programs offered at various times throughout each day.

Howse has 16 years experience in teaching young learners and learning from Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers and will share Blackfoot and Cree perceptions of celestial motion and appreciation for the night sky wilderness as a member of the Metis Nation.

More information about Health in Space is available at IngeniumCanada.org

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Emanant Music Signs The Prairie Dogz

The Prairie Dogz gets a big break in their musical career.

The five-person band signed a fiveyear deal with Emanant Music/Blues Vox Records in November 2022. Their music is distributed through The Orchard/Sony Perry Music & Management and kicked off with the release of their single 40 Dollars.

“We’d written 40 Dollars a while ago. We started talking to them (Emanant), and they picked out a few songs. The song the president of Emanant liked the most was 40 Dollars,” said The Prairie Dogz guitarist Keith Hambrook. “We have other songs with really deep, hard-hitting lyrics – we just love the groove of that one.

The Prairie Dogz founded by Keith Hambrook (from Okotoks) and Dwight Koenning (Okotoks) in 2018 is described as a Rockin Country and Blues.

The pair met while playing in a rock cover band in 2015 through 2018 along with their current lead & rythym guitar/ vocals Terry Studd from Diamond Valley.

“I was really happy to audition and get the part, Terry was already in the band. Dwight was the new singer and it just turned out we lived two blocks apart,” Hambrook said. “So we rode together all the time to all the shows and to rehearsal and developed a friendship.

“Terry commented, we just spent so much time travelling and playing so

Martin Wright (drums). Fast is originally from B.C. but moved to Alberta, while Wright hailed from Bletchley just north of London England.

Hambrook noted, “We actually went through lots of guys before we got lucky with Dave and Martin, we have similar taste in music; they were just able to catch the groove on our original music.”

According to the bands website, “The Prairie Dogz songs range from ballads that deal with some of life’s most challenging issues, to party songs meant to pack the dance floor at a big saloon. Some songs are all about fun which creates a beautiful contrast against the introspective songs that deal with issues we all face.

The Prairie Dogz music is written to be played live but is perfect for a long stretch of highway or the soundtrack for a well-deserved weekend out of town. The Prairie Dogz are a perfect blend of Country, Rock and Blues with lyrics that resonate with everyone,” states the site.

“We’re pretty happy with our recordings. There’s one song coming out called “Almost See the Sun,” Hambrook said. “It’s definitely a rock song, it’s about fighting depression and feeling isolated, so it’s a pretty personal song that I hope listeners can relate to.”

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BULL BREEDERS Calf 911 Checklists –Easy Access To Calving Management Tips



Technology is an amazing tool and having information at our fingertips in every situation has become the norm. But when you are in the barn and your hands are otherwise occupied, accessing a screen is just not practical. With that in mind, the BCRC has developed some new, practical options for producers to access vital information from the Calf 911 series in an easily accessible format.

Calf 911 checklists with practical management tips have been printed on a durable cardstock and are currently available to producers through veterinary clinics across Canada. The 8.5″x11″ checklists are perfect for posting on the calving barn wall and are easy to read and reference when you need quick and accurate


These resources are meant to be shared. The BCRC encourages producers, producer groups, educators, extension agents, 4-H leaders and anyone with an interest in calving management strategies to distribute these checklists at meetings and among your peers. The envelope size is suitable for use in mail outs, and links to the electronic files located on BeefResearch.ca can be included in digital publications and newsletters.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced multigenerational operation or a first generation start up, knowledge of all these topics is crucial to a successful calving season. Research on calf care continues to evolve and it is vital to stay current on the best practices to ensure a lively and vigorous calf crop.

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Seize The Opportunities – Learnings From The Canadian Cow-Calf Cost Of Production Network’s Future Farm Scenarios



The Canadian Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network (COP Network) was launched in 2021, and has since collected produc -

tion and financial information from over 180 cow-calf producers across Canada. From the discussions and data gleaned from COP Network, 46 benchmark farms were established to represent different

regions and production systems.

In addition to benchmarking cost of production, producers in the COP Network discussed possibilities for incremental improvements around productivity, input

costs and marketing strategies. Future farm scenarios were then developed for each benchmark farm, simulating the potential cost and revenue of implementing selected practices, such as tightening

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the calving season, as was discussed in part one of this series.

In 2022, over 70 producers participated in the second year of the COP Network. Increasing weaning weights and pasture management continued to be the two hot topics for the future farm scenarios. In this article, we will look at the results for two future farm scenarios:

Water system scenario – another practice that could potentially increase weaning weights.

Rotational grazing with water system and additional funding scenario –an expansion on year-one analysis, considering the potential stacked benefit from a water system with extra weaning weight and funding opportunitie

Water System Scenario


In this scenario the impact of an operation adding a solar-powered water system was modeled.

Studies have shown that calves with cows that drank from troughs gained on average 0.09 lbs per day more than calves with cows that only had direct access to a dugout. Therefore, the major economic benefit in this scenario is the potential extra weight gain (assumed at 0.09 lbs/day) on calves.

The up-front cost of the water system is assumed at $7,500 and an additional $13,000-30,000 if a new well is needed. Maintenance cost is set at $100/year.

It should be noted that the cost of a water system can vary greatly. The cost of a solar-powered water system may range from $4,000-15,000 depending on herd size, lift, and other variables. A new well could range from under $10,000 to over $30,000, depending on specifications such as depth drilled, well

diameter, and stainless-steel screens vs. slotted casings. Producers also must follow government requirements for licensing.

Calf prices are kept steady with the baseline level, and price slide due to heavier weaning weight is considered. When weaning weights shift to a heavier category (e.g., from 400-500 lb to 500-600 lb), calf prices ($/lb) shift lower based on the provincial average.


Additional revenue – Weaning weights are estimated to increase by 18 to 20 lbs/calf, bringing an additional $31/cow when weaning weights stay in the same category. For one farm (BC-4) where heifer weaning weight shifts from the 400-500 lb to 500-600 lb category, heifer price/lb drops 4.5% due to price slide. The lower price per pound more than offset the additional weight gain and resulted in a lower revenue gain of $16/cow.

Cost per cow – Up-front costs range from $20-85/cow without a new well, and $55-426/cow with well development. The BC-4 farm has the highest up-front cost, due to the relatively higher cost of a new well, and the smaller herd size.

When herd size increases, unit cost of a water system on a per head basis generally declines and results in a shorter pay-off period with higher net benefits. But it is important to keep in mind that these economies of scale are constrained by the water system’s capacity. If the herd size exceeds the system’s maximum capacity and requires additional equipment, unit cost will increase, and net benefits will decline.

Pay-off period – Without a new well, all three benchmark farms in this scenario can pay-off the up-front investment in 1.3 to 2.7 years, adding $11-21/ cow net benefits annually over a fiveyear period.

When a new well is needed, farms with bigger herds and lower well development costs can pay the investment off in 3.5-4.1 years, with an average of $5/cow net benefit per year over five years. For the farm (BC-4) with a smaller herd and higher well cost, this scenario is not feasible with a 14-year pay-off period and a loss of $55/cow over five years.

What Does It Mean?

Given the variability in water system costs, it is critical to know the cost of the system that fits the specific operation and pencil out a budget based on current market conditions and targeted pay-off period.

The graph below shows the breakeven point for water system costs for a five-year pay-off period, assuming an extra 18 lbs of weaning weight per calf compared to direct access to a dugout.

As shown in the graph, the economics of a water system is affected by cattle prices. When calf prices are high, each additional pound of gain is worth more. Since the second half of 2022, calf prices have been on the rise with tightening cattle supply and strong beef demand. In the fourth quarter of 2022, steer calf prices averaged above $2.60/ lb, compared to $2.10/lb a year ago. For a 150-cow operation, when calf prices are $2.10/lb, a system at or under $28,350 is expected to pay off within five years. When calf price increases to $2.50/lb,

the budge could increase to $33,750. With that said, producers should keep in mind the potential of lower price per pound on heavier calves.

As the cost advantage of a bigger herd is restricted by the water system’s maximum capacity, choosing a system that best matches water requirements of the herd is also important to reach the optimum utility rate.

Producers can also look for supports from funding programs that share a portion of the up-front costs. Examples of current programs include:


· Beneficial Management Practices Program (BC)

· Water Program, Canadian Agricultural Partnership (AB)

· Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (SK)

· Ag Action Manitoba Program (MB)

Rotational Grazing with Water System and Additional Funding Scenario Assumptions

Scenarios on extending the grazing season through rotational grazing were developed for six benchmark farms in 2022. The rotational grazing scenario assumes that a longer grazing season is achieved through improved grazing management, with purchase of a portable electric fencing system in year one to divide pastures into multiple paddocks. Adding to the scenarios developed in year-one that focus on cost saving from a shorter winter-feeding period, this year’s analysis considered a funding opportunity with the On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF), and the potential stacked benefit of extra weaning weight from the water system for rotational grazing. Continued page 10

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Up-front investment includes a portable electric fencing system as well as a solar-powered water pump and shallow-buried pipeline water system. With the new water system, the potential extra weight gain on calves is assumed at 0.09 lb/day, assuming cattle had direct access to a dugout before.

Assumptions on funding from OFCAF for each benchmark farm are customized based on programs by the associated delivery organization

The estimated net benefits of rotational grazing with a shallow buried water pipeline system were generally negative over the five-year period due to the high up-front cost. This was especially true for farms with large pasture areas that required larger investment in the water pipelines, as well as farms with a smaller herd size that increases cost per cow. Farm QC-7 saw positive net benefit with savings on purchased feed as a result of a shorter winter-feeding period.

When OFCAF funding is added to the scenario with a 70-85% reimbursement of eligible costs, up-front costs are reduced significantly, making the scenario feasible for four out of six farms.

If the new water system results in extra weight gain on calves, the stacked benefits of reduced feed costs and extra revenues from heavier weaning weights make the scenario profitable for most of the farms, except AB-11 where weaning weight shifts to a heavier category and results in a lower price per pound.

What Does It Mean?

From an economic standpoint, the feasibility of a rotational grazing system depends on the amount of up-front investment, herd size, potential cost savings and revenue gains as well as capital and labour availability of the farm.

The graph below shows the feasible up-front investment for different herd sizes and cost saving levels. For example, if a 200-cow operation projects to save $20/ cow with an extended grazing season, an up-front investment of $20,000 would be feasible for a 5-year pay-off period. As herd size and cost savings from an extended grazing season increases, the budget increases.

Operations that do not have a water system can see extra benefit in this scenario with extra weaning weight.

Funding opportunities, such as OFCAF, can help producers finance the development and implementation of rotational grazing. It should be noted that each province has a different agency that is administering the rotational grazing funding and their coverage,

requirements and application process differs. It is important for producers to contact their local delivery agent for details and assistance in developing

their plan and application.

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New Snowmobile Club Growing Support

The Vermilion River Trailblazers Association was officially formed last year and has grown from four members to over 20. Their main goal is to create a trail system throughout the entire County of Vermilion River.

President, Lyle Lawrence, said he doesn’t want to seem unrealistic and that each step takes time, but their goal is to achieve this by the fall of 2023. Their current members are from Clandonald, Marwayne, and Blackfoot, but eventually they hope to include people from all areas including the City of Lloydminster, and would eventually tie into existing trails used by the Vermilion Ridge Riders and Myrnam Ridge Riders.

“The goal is to replicate what the County of Two Hills has, where a trail system covers the most of the county. Instead of each community creating their own club, we’d have a club where each of the communities can work together, and it would be used by everybody,” said Lawrence.

The county may have to create bylaws for riders to access the communities for fuel, or for riders from those communities to access the trail. Lawrence said there are a lot of roads that don’t get plowed in the winter so they make grade trails and so the club has asked for permission to use them. In addition, they hope to access the abandoned rail line, and says if they can get access it would simplify the process.

Part of their motivation to start the club Lawrence said was the growing disconnect between rural landowners and urban people. He knew riders who had moved to the area from larger centres and didn’t know many landowners, so they rode in ditches or followed other sled tracks.

“Technically they are trespassing as has been the status quo, and we want to try and change that. Once we have a trail marked and mapped, all people would need to do (we would ask they purchase a member-

ship), is just follow the route,” said Lawrence. He pointed out that it would be a lot safer for children and seniors as well who make up a large portion of interested riders in the area. Trails would be inspected to make sure there were no hazards, and people with mobility issues would have a safe place to go learn.

Potentially, they could also have staging areas so that people who don’t live close to to the trail, could bring their snowmobile with their vehicle, leave their vehicle there and ride off.

“For me what makes snowmobiling fun is the passion of the outdoors; the wind in your face. The scenery in this region is a sight to behold. When you come up over a hill and can see for 20 miles; it’s hard to get that connection any other way, because you can access areas that you can’t in other ways,” said Lawrence. “We have such long winters so if you can’t find things to enjoy you are in the wrong place, and snowmobiling is one of those things that is easy to enjoy.”

Having been snowmobiling for 35 years, Lawrence said it provides an instant connection to the land, and that with prices skyrocketing instead of taking trips to the mountains, people can expand their boundaries close to home.

“All I know is where I want to go with this project, but in the age we live in to get peoples contact information is almost impossible. There are no phone books, and organizations won’t release people’s information. The large majority of landowners support the idea of the trails, but some have questions of liability. With our club comes protection of liability because our club would have the insurance for it. We would have to inspect and sign agreements for it,” said Lawrence. “The work we have to do to establish the club and the trails is mostly political and paperwork. A lot of people are excited to volunteer with clearing brush and chopping wood once we get set up. It’s a ton of work, but the membership we have right

now are quite passionate and getting a ton of work done is a short amount of time.”

Other concerns include people who don’t want the noise or any theft. Lawrence said there is an image that snowmobilers are like bikers, but he wants people to know that their target audience and membership is seniors and young families.

“The reality is that it’s not a biker gang, but a community club. I’ve talked to people both for and against, and we always have a good conversation,” said Lawrence.

The completed process he says will help support local businesses from riders purchasing gas and groceries. The Vermilion River Trailblazers are sanctioned with the Alberta Snowmobile Association.

The club will be presenting to the County of Vermilion River council during their meeting on March 14. Anyone interested can sign up to listen in or attend the meeting. They

will be presenting a response, discussing their landowner agreements, and how their liability agreements will work. The results of the landowner engagements will be summarized to show the level of support and concerns, as well as how they plan to address those concerns.

To make the club sustainable, he said they will have to sell memberships, so there is no sense developing the trails if there is no interest. In order to obtain feedback from residents in the county or communities within the county, they have set up a survey that you can fill out by visiting https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/FJG5PKY?fbclid=IwA R2Xt7Yw6AiNYfoYNWTIFuFUKSMMUUvboNhy6tFWH6vYPT4pQzTQkZgAP0

For more information or to let him know how you can help, you can message Lyle at the Vermilion River Trailblazers page on Facebook, or call or text 780-581-8403.

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Vermilion Tigers U11 Tournament

The Vermilion U11 Webb’s Tigers hosted their home tournament this weekend, and won 2-1 during their first game against the Sturgeon Mustangs on January 27.

Volunteer Morgan Richards said they were pumped to have the tournament.

“This year has been a building year for the team. We started out being out-shot 60-10, so for us to now have points on the board is exciting, and playing teams that are evenly matched helps keep the children excited to come to the rink,” said volunteer Vanessa Yungblut.

Along with coordinator Lindsay Richards, tournament coordinator Krista Miller said the one thing she’s noticed is the way the team has grown on and off the ice throughout the season.

“They know how to be there for each other, and from the beginning of the season until now has been phenomenal. Thanks to the coaches and Vermilion Minor Hockey for bringing in dry land trainer Kam Ballas from Apex Wellness to give directions on improving their skate and performance which has been really good for the children. Thank you as well to the Town of Vermilion’s businesses for


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WTG Submitted

The changing seasons’ experience of fog has been a #1 weather topic for a while now. When you think of fog, you might reflect on the following:

You can’t see through it and travel is difficult.

You can’t see clearly ahead, and you feel anxious at the unknown ahead.

Travel must be slower, and you must be more cautious.

The obstacles ahead can’t be seen.

It is difficult trying to follow a light or a sign

The Fog Of Grief


The darkness causes a feeling of gloomy depression.

When the fog lifts, there may be a bit the delight with the glimpse of light.

I pondered the effects of the fog on a person and found the comparison of the fog around us to living in “the fog” of grief. When someone in your life dies, it can put you in a fog. The fog of grief rolls into your life causing you to be unable to see the journey ahead, and you must pause to grasp the change and the unknown ahead. The dark fog of grief can commonly lead to experiencing a range of emotions, such as a sadness, anxiety, or depression. When it is impossible to see through the fog as to where we are going and

what is ahead, there is a need to follow a light in the darkness.This may be the light of someone else on the journey ahead of you.

What about the obstacles of the fog? We might experience several obstacles in our healing journey as we try to make sense of a well wishing friend’s advice, the depression and anxiety, fears, guilt, anger, blame, loneliness, isolation, decisions, and adjustment to change. We may question, will there ever be light again or will the cloud of grief ever pass?

With the weather’s experience of fog, we eventually find a glimpse of light. In the fog of grief, that small light ahead to follow may be support from a trusted friend, a counsellor, or perhaps a support group of those who have travelled the road of grief through the fog. These supporters may help guide you through the fog and help find ways to cope with the new

and different life you have now entered. There will come a time when the fog of grief will gently lift and light and direction will be able to be more easily seen. There will be a new and very different life ahead. You may be navigating this life with deep scars of such deep emotional pain; however, you are still navigating it the best you can. As in weather, the fog lifts and light shines on the trees and snow and gives a different kind of beauty, that same light will be found in the supports you have found on the journey and the awareness that there is hope and light after the darkness of loss. Skills will be learned to move through the fog of grief, and you will now seek to find ways to honour your loved one by how you are living your life.

May you find your fog lifting and if you wish to comment please email wtgriefsupp@xplornet.ca

Having A Blast Glow Bowling

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and Stephanie Frederick enjoyed glow bowling in Vermilion on January 27. “We used to bowl when we were children and came back to have fun because it’s my birthday,” said Stephanie Frederick. Sponsored by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and the Vermilion Wellness Coalition, they offered Free Family Bowling sessions at Striker Lanes in Vermilion. Employee, Terry Rau, estimated approximately 40 – 60 people attended and said, “Bowling is good exercise. It’s a nice evening to spend with the family not glued to the TV.” Striker lanes has been open since roughly the 1960’s and has six lanes where people can bowl leisurely or in competitive leagues. They will also be hosting free bowling sessions on February 10 from 7 - 8 p.m. and February 20 from 2 – 3 p.m.

East Central Alberta Catholic Separate School Division

Administrative Assistant

Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the employment will be a permanent position

The position starts as soon as a suitable candidate is found and is subject to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 5352 Collective Agreement The School of Hope office operates through the summer months, so this is a full year position with standard applicable vacation days.

School Diploma/Equivalent

• 2 years of experience in related position is preferred

• Working knowledge of computer applications (Google Apps-Suite/Microsoft applications)

• Experience or knowledge of Power School is an asset

• Experience or knowledge of Online Learning or Home Education is not essential but considered an asset

Interested applicants must fill out the Support Staff Application Form found on our website (ecacs.ca) and must include a cover letter and send it to:

Competition No. SS01-2223-SOH

East Central Alberta Catholic Separate School Division 1018 – 1st Avenue Wainwright, AB T9W 1G9 Email: reception@ecacs16.ab.ca

In applying for this position, it is understood that East Central Catholic Separate School Division has permission to contact references or any past or present employers of the applicant

Before orientation, the successful applicant MUST provide: a recent and clean Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Check a recent and clean Child Welfare Intervention Check a valid Social Insurance Number in the current legal name

This competition will close when a suitable applicant is found


Administrative Assistant


J. R. Robson School requires a full-time Administrative Assistant. Applicants must have a minimum of a Certificate or Diploma in O ffice Administration from an accredited college.

For more information, please check out full listing at www.btps.ca under the career tab.

CLOSING DATE: Until a suitable candidate is selected.

Buffalo Trail Public Schools is pleased to accept all qualified applications, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful applicant will be required to submit a current Criminal Record Check.

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Together. Discover a better place to grow your career: a place that s caring, engaging and rewarding. We’re proud of our diverse culture of trust and respect. It s a culture guided by solid leadership and collaboration from every member of our organization. Terrace Koback an exclusive advisor of Co-operators, a leading Canadian-owned insurance and financial services company is looking for a qualified: Client Support Representative Vermilion Alberta The opportunity As a Client Support Representative, you will provide friendly professional greeting and direction to our clients. You will also perform various administrative duties, including payment processing. If you are interested in a career with an exclusive advisor of Co-operators, send your resume to: Terrace Koback Financial Advisor Koback Enterprises Ltd 5135A 50 Ave Vermilion AB T9X 1A8 780-853-1700 koback enterprises ltd@cooperators ca cooperators ca/local/koback-enterprises Now Hiring! For more information, or to apply, email michelle.parker@nutrien.com or visit jobs.nutrien.com Seasonal Logistics Coordinator Vermilion, AB (March to September) (Competition No. SS01-2223-SOH) East Central Alberta Catholic Separate School Division invites applications for the position of 1 0 FTE Administrative Assistant for School of Hope in Vermilion, Alberta The School of Hope is an on-line school with an office located in Vermilion Alberta serving students in Grades 1 -12 in both Teacher Directed Online Learning and Parent Directed Home Education programs This position involves but not limited to the following duties: • Assisting new families throughout the year who are inquiring by phone or email about the School of Hope and its programs. Assisting new families with the registration process. Verifying registrations for completeness and processing them Working as a team on various office duties as seasonal needs require. Duties as assigned by the school administration Education: Post-Secondary Certification in Office Administration High
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Hailey Jessica DeNeve, Photo Angela Mouly

Last Thursday morning started with smiles all around St. Jerome’s! Mrs. Schmidt’s Grade Two class performed for our January Happigrams and it was such a treat! They opened by reciting a beautiful poem about our rainbow of friends and the love we share with others. Then, Mrs. Schmidt wowed us all by performing a call and answer song with her class. The song was a catchy, rhythmic variation of “Jesus Loves Me.” Her voice rang out beautifully first and was echoed by the sweet sound of her students singing. There was even awesome clapping and dancing happening at the same time, no less! These grade twos are going to be a tough act to follow next month!

Elementary students have been enjoying skating at the outdoor rink by our school. It has been a joy to be outside enjoying the warm winter weather. Our high school students played hockey of a different sort! Sledge hockey at the stadium! The students are

St. Jerome’s School News

always surprised by what a killer upper body workout the game is. It is especially challenging to stick handle, with the blade of the stick being attached to the opposite end of one of the picks that you use to move yourself around the rink. When stick handling you must move the puck under the sled as you propel yourself forward. How you lean, and where you place your body weight impacts whether you stay upright and on the blades of your sled, or if you tip over sideways. It is a great workout, fun, and allows us to gain a greater appreciation for the skills of athletes that compete and play sledge hockey regularly.

Students in Grade 1S welcomed all the helping hands we could get this week! Ms. Minish and Mrs. Lysons work at the Credit Union, but also spend time volunteering at our school monthly! Students were so excited to have Ms. Minish read them “The Mitten Tree” and then have help lacing a tiny set of mittens to create our own mitten tree in the hall. There were a few knots, and definitely some “undoing” but all things

considered, it was a great success. The students and adults all felt like we’d accomplished something special by the end of it!

My heart is filled with many emotions as I end this article today. I took over writing this column a few years ago, when the lovely Mrs. McCormack began discussing her retirement plans. Before she told the stories of St. Jerome’s for our local newspapers, there were many more “columnists” (aka teachers) before her. Taking the time to write and share a glimpse of the magic that we’ve been creating with students since 1962 has been important to us. It has been said many times before, that “Change is the only constant in life.” With the shift towards digital media distribution, we at St. Jerome’s

have decided to streamline sharing our stories through our school’s website and Facebook page. We are grateful to our local newspapers for the opportunity to share with our community at large, and for delivering our news to your doorstep for all these years. We will always have a special, nostalgic place in our heart for the “newspaper.” The one that you could hold in your hand, smell, and cut the pictures out of to hang on your fridge. We will continue to tell our stories, and share our learning and our Faith, as we embrace the beauty of change. We hope you tune into our school website and Facebook page to still get a piece of that magic, to remember the age-old traditions that we Spartans are famous for, and to see proof that God’s love is all around us.

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High school students at St. Jerome’s had the amazing opportunity to try playing sledge hockey at the stadium. Everyone agreed, it was a great upper body workout! Photo submitted

Vermilion Elementary School News


We are happy to welcome Mrs. Heather McRae to our VES school family. Mrs. McRae will be with us four days a week until June 2. She will be teaching Grade 1 health, Grade 2 science and Grade 3 and 4 social studies. This allows the homeroom teachers to support students with small group instruction for literacy and numeracy intervention. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. McRae.

Kindergarten had an alphabet party. To celebrate and reward kindergarten students’ hard work of learning all their letters, both classes planned their own

parties. KB had balloons, decorations, cupcakes (thanks to Kooper’s mom), crowns, a parade, a dance party, bingo, a scavenger hunt, games and more that were all alphabet themed and super fun. KA had a dance party, brought their favourite stuffies, had cupcakes (thanks to Wyatt’s mom), balloons and a giant paper chain for decorations, a crown craft, literacy games and a piñata. What a super learning experience for the kindergarten students. The 5/6 and 6 classes just finished their swimming lessons, and they thoroughly enjoyed every second of them. Thanks to Lenoa Atkinson for driving them to the Lakeland College Vermilion

- Aquatic and Recreation , and thanks to Jackie and Carmen for the excellent learning opportunities.

Several classes in VES were excited about the warmer weather. This meant that kids could stay outdoors for longer periods of time. 4B and 3A both took advantage of that by going to the outdoor skating rink to partake in some physical activity on skates. For some students, it was their very first time on skates. They had a wonderful time.

Grade 1 students read the story

“Bear Snores On” and identified the story elements and learned some new vocabulary words. They got to make a bear den as a building activity to wrap

things up. Those dens sure were cute. Dates to Remember: Jan 30 – No School – School Based PL Day; Jan 31 – No School – Teacher Directed Day; Feb 3 – Science Fair; Feb 10 – Grade 5 and 6 Band Clinic; Feb 14 – 100th Day of School; Feb 16 and 17 – No School – Teachers’ Convention; Feb 20 – No School – Family Day; Feb 23 –Pink Shirt Day; Feb 23 – Celebration of Learning 5:00-7:30; Mar 1 – Dress up as a Superhero or a Super Hero; Mar 10 – BTPS Learning Day – No School; Mar 20-24 – Scholastic Book Fair; Mar 21 – Next School Council Meeting at 6:30; Mar 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews



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