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Director of Infrastructure Services hired

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The Town of Drumheller is excited to announce that Armia Mikhaiel has been hired as the new Director of Infrastructure Services.

Mr. Mikhaeil is currently working with the City of Regina on their water and wastewater distribution. Mikhaeli holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, along with a Diploma in Civil Engineering Design and Technology.

He has additional municipal experience with the City of Thompson, Manitoba, where he worked on engineering projects including roadways, stormwater and water main rehabilitation as well as in project and asset management.

CAO, Darryl Drohomerski states; "We are excited to have Armia join us. He brings twenty years of experience, both in Canada and abroad. His experience in various municipal projects will be invaluable to both the infrastructure department and our whole organization. I encourage you to welcome him to Drumheller."

“I am thrilled to be joining the Town of Drumheller. It’s a great opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started,” added Mikhaeil.

His anticipated start date with the Town of Drumheller is Monday, January 15, 2018.

Zariski named Golf Canada Volunteer of the Year


    Local duffer and Drumheller town councillor Tom Zariski has learned that he will be named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year by Golf Canada.
    Zariski is currently the president of Alberta Golf and is acting president of the Alberta Golf Foundation. He has volunteered for many years promoting the sport locally and throughout the province.
    “Considering all of these golf organizations are manned predominantly with volunteers, who spend hundreds of hours volunteering in many different capacities, to be singled out as the recipient for the award for 2017 is a huge honour,” said Zariski. “When I look at all of these other volunteers who do great things, it is a significant honour to be recognized.”
    Locally, Zariski has served as a board member at Dinosaur Trail Golf Club, serving on various committees. He also started the Drumheller Golf Association, a non-profit society and many will remember his work promoting the National Golf in School program, where he presented starter golf kits to the area schools. He was also a part of Clubs for Kids where he collected spare clubs to distribute to those  who wish to play, removing the barrier of needing equipment.
    “To this day, I still have people asking, ‘do you still need some golf clubs?’” he laughs.
    He has been a member of Alberta Golf for 12 years and a director for 10 years.  His passion is as a golf referee and he officiates about a dozen competitions each year for both Golf Canada and Alberta Golf.
    He is also on the Golf Canada rules committee. There is a good chance he will be officiating at the CP Women’s Open, an LPGA Tour tournaments in Regina.
    “That is my main role as a rules official. Many people don’t know, to be an official for golf, you are a volunteer,” he said.
    The award will be presented at the Golf Canada AGM in Calgary, January 25-27.     This is the 12th year that Golf Canada has presented the award and candidates are put forward for consideration by their provincial golf associations.

Cutbacks shut down Badlands Performing Arts Camp

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    After 18 years, the Badlands Performing Arts Camp has been cancelled.
    For years the camp, held at St. Anthony’s School, allowed students to earn 10 high school credits, as well as a chance to pursue acting, singing, and dancing. It has been a valuable experience for students.
    “This program has changed lives. As a 20-year teaching veteran, I don’t get many phone calls from my classroom parents, but I have done this for 16 years and every fall, parents will contact me,” said Tim Stolz who has run the camp. “This is no exaggeration, they will call and say ‘that program has just changed my kid’s life, what an incredible program.’”
    He explains that Alberta Education has gone to block crediting. This means schools are able to award a certain amount of credits for the student each year. The Badlands Performing Arts Camp was able to offer a student 10 credits. Not only was this an enticement to have the student sign up, but also Alberta Education would provide the funding based on the credits offered.
    “Students used to be able to get unlimited credits in the school. Literally, these have been cut it in half. So now my students are coming in and spending 175 hours in three weeks and can maybe get five credits and even less - when before they used to be able to get 10. A soon as that happens there is no funding,” said Stolz.
    The camp averaged about 35 students each summer and it partnered with the Rosebud School of the Arts. Each year students participated as actors in the Canadian Badlands Passion Play. This may leave a hole in the cast next year that would need to be filled.
    Stolz said that Christ the Redeemer School Division went to bat for the Badlands Performing Arts Camp, but about two months ago he received a letter stating that it was one program it would be cutting from its summer programs due to financial inviability.
 The Badlands Performing Arts Camp originated at DVSS and Stolz met with Principal Curtis LaPierre to discuss a possible future, but it didn’t work out.
    At this point he says they could turn the camp into a private program, however, the student would not get any credits, and there would not be any funding beyond the tuition from the students, making it unaffordable.
    “It is all because of Alberta Education making this change to block crediting. We cannot get funding,” said Stolz.
    “It is just a terrible situation.”

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