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Last updateWed, 07 Dec 2016 11am

Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles appointed as Detachment Commander


kevin charlesDrumheller has a new RCMP Detachment Commander and it is a familiar face.

         Kevin Charles has been promoted to Staff Sergeant and has secured the position of Detachment Commander, effectively immediately. He welcomes the opportunity to continue to live and work in the valley.

        “I now have the opportunity to provide stability and consistency for our communities, the detachment employees, and my family,” he said.

         Charles came to the Drumheller Detachment about seven years ago as a corporal.  About a year, ago he was promoted to Sergeant, and has pending transfer to Brooks. During that time, he filled in as Detachment Commander in Hanna and then back in Drumheller. This has given him great experience leading a detachment.

Before coming to the valley, he served extensively throughout the Northwest Territories. His last detachment was in Tulita, north of Yellowknife along the Mackenzie River.

“We have lived in Drumheller for the past seven years, and my family and I are pleased to call Drumheller home for years to come. Obtaining the rank of S/Sgt and the position of Detachment Commander here in Drumheller was not even a remote consideration when I arrived years ago,” he said.

Currently, the Drumheller RCMP Detachment is fully staffed, although there are a couple transfers pending.

Call for Christmas kettle volunteers

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    The Salvation Army is still looking for Christmas kettle volunteers.
    Community and Services Worker, Jenessa Mcauley said, “This is a great opportunity for youth groups to take on as a service event, for families to get out and give back during the season, or for people who are interested in spreading cheer to the community.”
    There are kettles set up in Freson Bros., Extra Foods, Co-op, and Walmart. There is still a need for all shifts. The kettle drive kicks off Friday, November 25.  The biggest need is for the week of December 19-24. Mcauley said that the week before Christmas is always their busiest time.
    The shifts are 11:00-1:15, 1:15-3:30, 3:30-5:30 and 5:30-7:30 each day. Days that volunteers are needed are week one: November 25 and 26; week two: December 2 and 3; week three: 8-10; week four: 14-17; and week five: 19-24. The Christmas Eve shift is from 10:00-12:00.
    This is one of the most needy times of the year. Mcauley said this is an important time for the food bank ministry to campaign for the support needed to run their ongoing programs and services.
    “We have seen a 26 per cent increase in the food bank use this year and we expect a similar increase for Christmas hampers.” Mcauley said, “The Salvation Army is always open to food donations. To donate food you can use any of the food donation boxes located at most grocery stores or you may drop donations off at The Salvation Army Church.”

For more information or to sign up to volunteer call 403-823-2215.

Mobile mammography service set visit Drumheller


    Women ages 50 to 74 — the group most at risk of developing breast cancer — will have local access to mammography services next month when Alberta Health Services’ Screen Test program visits Drumheller.  
    A mobile mammography trailer will be stationed at the Drumheller Health Centre November 28, 29, 30 and again from December 1 to 3, 5 to 10 and 12.         Residents can book an appointment or learn more about the program by calling toll-free 1-800-667-0604.
    A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast and has proven to be the most effective way to detect breast cancer. Early detection allows for a greater number of options for treatment and a better chance of survival.
    Visit for a complete listing of Screen Test mobile sites.
    Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Photo courtesy AHS