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Town picks up two economic development awards

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The Town of Drumheller’s economic development department has been honoured by its peers, picking up two awards for its efforts.

Communications Officer for the Town of Drumheller, Julia Fielding, attended the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Conference from April 3-5 and the town won the Business Retention and Expansion Award for a small community and the Alex Metcalfe Award “best of the best” community project. The town won for Business Retention and Expansion.

“The award was for the TIBRE (Tourism Industry Retention and Expansion, project last year,” explains Fielding. “This is where Travel Drumheller,  the Chamber, and the town worked together. We identified tourism businesses and went out to interview them to learn about the state of their business and what issues they had.”

“What we have done is used that information to look at what programs and policies that need changing and updating.”

This was a pilot program.

“It is great for the town to be recognized across  Alberta. We are doing excellent economic development work and it is fantastic for us as a small town to get the recognition,” she said.

“The best part of the award is we are all working together for the same aim. We can look at what the tourism business is like in Drumheller and how we move forward.”

She was also heartened by the amount of volunteer support they received taking on the project.


Visitor to Institution sentenced for transporting contraband

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A visitor to the Drumheller Institution was given a six months conditional sentence order after pleading guilty to bringing contraband into the Drumheller. Institution.

Kaitlyn  Caron appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, April 12  where she pleaded guilty.

The court heard how on November 15, 2018, she was a visitor at the Drumheller Institution and was observed passing an item to her fiancé during the visit. Corrections officers discovered 50 nicotine patches with an institutional value of $5,000.

The crown and defense agreed on a  sentence of six months under a conditional sentence order. The first three months she is to be placed under house arrest, and the end half she is to abide by a curfew.

Robyn Thomspon-Lake acclaimed as Delia Councillor

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Robyn Thompson Lake has been acclaimed as a new village councillor for Delia.

The seat on Delia Village Council became available when Councillor Dawn Bancroft retired in February.

Nomination day was Monday, April 1 and Thompson-Lake was the sole candidate to let her name stand.

This is the first time Thompson-Lake has been on council. She ran in the 2017 general election but was edged out. She is a part-time stylist in the village and a full-time mother.

“I would like to encourage growth in the community. We would like to get more visitors, and more visitors that might want to move here, especially with the new school being built, we are trying to get more people here to use it,” she said.

She joins Mayor Dave Sisley and Jordan Elliott on council.


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