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A&W Burgers to Beat MS event coming to Drumheller

Burgers to Beat MS

For the ninth year, A&W Canada hosts its annual Burgers to Beat MS event in support of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis at nearly 900 restaurants across the country. Two dollars from each teen burger sold will go towards the MS Society of Canada on Thursday, August 24.

A Party in the Parking Lot will happen in celebration of this campaign. Drumheller can get in on the Car and Bike Show ‘n’ Shine, Root beer gardens, games and activities, and even a root beer chugging contest. A&W has also created a special Snapchat filter that will be available to all Canadians on Burgers to Beat MS day.
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada.

To date, A&W and the MS Society have raised more than $9 million through Burgers to Beat MS. Money raised from this event will help the MS Society fund vital MS research, government advocacy, financial support and wellness programs that empower Canadians impacted by the disease. Please visit or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or to learn more about the latest in MS research and programs in your area.

Social Needs Assessment goes live at end of the month

Drumheller Town Hall during the summer time

Drumheller Valley Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) will begin the 2017 Social Needs Assessment on August 31, 2017.

A Social Needs Assessment is a way for FCSS to identify social needs and priorities within our community, evaluate existing provision/resources and make recommendations to address identified gaps in services.

“It’s a big project but incredibly worthwhile,” explained FCSS Coordinator, April Harrison. “It will provide a snapshot of life in

Drumheller in 2017 and ensure that FCSS and Municipal resources are being directed to where they are most needed.”

Data will be collected via an online survey for all residents aged 11 years and older. There will also be focus groups with key demographics including, but not limited to Youth and Seniors. FCSS will also gather input from local agencies & organizations and use updated demographic and socioeconomic trends identified in the 2016 Census.

There will be sessions throughout the community where staff will assist those who don’t have access to a computer or need a little help to be supported to complete the survey.

“We hope that every resident of the Drumheller Valley will complete the survey to help us gather the best possible information,” added Paul Salvatore, Director of Community Services. “You will find the link at and via the Town and Drumheller Valley FCSS Facebook pages. You can also sign up there for one of our focus groups”.

The findings, which will be included in a final report, will also be useful to community organizations that offer social supports to Drumheller residents.

Drumheller Valley FCSS works with local organizations and community members to develop sustainable, locally-driven preventive initiatives that seek to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and the community.

Stettler Legion marks 75th anniversary of Dieppe


The Stettler Legion is taking a moment on August 19 to mark the 75th anniversary of Dieppe “Operation Jubilee” and honour the B Squadron- 14th Canadian Army Tank Regiment.

On August 19, 1942, Allied Forces staged the raid on the German occupied port. Of the nearly 5,000 Canadians that fought, 3,367 were killed wounded or taken hostage.

Rosalind LaRose, who is organizing the event, knows the story well.
“I’m a daughter of a POW, so this is a hugely important date for me,” she said.

She explains that her mother was war bride from Scotland, and when they came to Stettler, the veterans and the Legion became their family. She says they have always marked August 19, the day the many men were taken prisoner.

“The United States had tried this once, so the Germans were well prepared,” she said.

She explains that her father, Albert Chick, and a number of his contemporaries from Stettler were part of the raid.

“Many of his good friends are from here because the Squadron B sign up was in Stettler. It was Squadron B that was captured.”

I spoke to many of the POWs prior to their passing and when they were put on those boats, they weren’t told where they were going. It wasn’t released where they were heading until they got out on the water the night of the 18th,” she explained.

“They said their goodbyes to each other. They said they were never going to live through it.”

The men were not freed until VE Day, and they were flown back to England.

LaRose has partnered Malcolm Bissett to hold the event and they have invited the Big Valley Legionaries to the event, as many veterans from Big Valley would have signed up at for B Squadron.

Larose has personally invited a number of the families of the POWs to the event.

The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with a parade to Sharpe’s Park, followed by an Opening Ceremony and wreath laying service.

At 2 p.m. the will be the dedication of a Dieppe “Operation Jubilee” Exhibit dedicated to Members of B Squadron.

For more information on the day’s activities go to the Stettler Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 Facebook page or contact LaRose at 403-323-0343.