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Vancouver police officer trekking across Canada for cancer

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The Drumheller Valley sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, all with different stories or motivations. For Dayne Campbell, it is his dedication to a cause and to his family.
Campbell is a Sergeant in the Vancouver Police Department, and for many years, he showed his support for Cops for Cancer. In fact, in 2013, he rode in his 15th consecutive ride.
“I have done a 1,000-kilometre tour for 15 years in a row, and last year I hung up the helmet, I got a signed jersey from the team, and I was going to move into a more steering committee position, and my own daughter, a month later, got cancer,” explained Campbell. “Things quickly changed as cancer does with people.”
His teenage daughter, who is an avid gymnast, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called myxoid liposarcoma.
With blessings from his family, he put the helmet back on, and this time, rather than a 1,000-kilometre tour, he is taking on an over 7,000-kilometre tour across the county to raise funds and awareness.

“I want to get the word out to help more kids going through a journey with cancer,” he said.
Last Wednesday, members of the local RCMP detachment provided Campbell with a police escort into the valley and then showed him off the next morning.
He has a goal of raising $40,000, and the funds will go towards kids’ programs, including a Western Canada camp where they send upwards of 500 kids, who are going through a journey with cancer. The other is pediatric cancer research. So far, he has raised over $32,000 and counting.
“They are two very important things… that are near and dear to our heart, and Cops for Cancer over the last 25-plus years has raised over $50 million.
On top of a monetary goal, he wishes to spread awareness of the program and what it supports.
“One of the main reasons I am doing this is Cops for Cancer is big in Western Canada, but as you go east across Canada, a lot of municipalities and local police departments are not aware, or it hasn’t expanded out east to Eastern Canada. As I go, the Canadian Cancer Society folks, with the help of our media departments and a lot of friends and family are putting the word out to different detachments as I go,” he said.
His stop in Drumheller was by design, as it has always been a place he wished to visit.
“There are definitely a lot more direct routes to get across Canada on a bicycle but wanted to see and explore a lot of the things Canada has to offer, and Drumheller is definitely one of these,” said Campbell.
He usually averages about 100- 150 kilometres a day, but one of his longest stretches was in the area of 250 km as he explored the Kootenays.
To follow his journey or to donate, search Dayne’s Journey across Canada.


Wizards carve out place in valley

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In what is becoming a May Long Weekend tradition, the Chainsaw Wizards took over the downtown plaza, carving out a place in the valley.
This is the third year for Chainsaw Wizards. The event began as a way to honour some of the trees that were cut during the Flood Mitigation project and has turned into an event that attracts all-star Canadian carvers, as well as hundreds of spectators. The result is some incredible art that will live in the community.
One of the organizers, Tony Miglecz, tells the Mail, that this year, the carving projects are based on the mining and rail history of the valley, and the six carvers are making benches for the Rails to Trails project. They also carved logs into art as trailhead barricades.
“What you're seeing is functional art that tells the story of the valley,” said Miglecz.
Carver Tyler Welfing of Carve Well Creations said they toured the Atlas Coal Mine, and he found inspiration in the tipple, which he incorporated into his design.
“I saw that tipple and thought, ‘That’s a challenge, I’m gonna do it!’ I’ll tie everything together with the hoodoos and railway crossing sign, and on the other side, I am going do a seam of coal running through and a couple of fossils,” said Welfing.

Boogie getting bigger

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The Valley Cruisers has the cure for the winter blues. It involves shining up your ride, charging the battery and cruising downtown to boogie.
Boogie in the Badlands is going into its 26th year. The Spring Thaw Show and Shine has evolved from a one-day car show to a weekend event. While the Saturday Show and Shine is still the mainstay of the event, it is bookmarked with all kinds of activities with the gearhead in mind.
Barb Lubinski tells the Mail last year’s 25th-anniversary show was one of their best, and they were bursting at the seams. This year, they have made space for even more cars as well as all kinds of other attractions. They are utilizing the new downtown plaza as well as the former plaza parcel, enough for 300-320 vehicles.
“We have Elvis this year,” she exclaims. “We have a variety of food trucks and we have vendors this year.”
The Show and Shine is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 in the downtown core. They already have strong preregistration, with people signing up from across the province as well as neighbouring provinces.
Before Saturday, enthusiasts can join the club for its Friday Night Cruise. They will be forming up on 7th Avenue East near DVSS at 7 p.m., and then heading out across the 11 Bridges to Wayne and The Last Chance Saloon where refreshments and a band will be waiting.
“The Friday night cruise seems to be taking off as part of our event,” said Lubinski.
There is also a Pancake Run on Sunday morning.
“We launch from DVSS at 10 a.m. and go to the East Coulee Community Breakfast,” she said.
The annual Show and Shine lives by the ethos, ‘run what you brung’ and welcomes all makes and models, from bikes to big rigs. It can be a modern ride, a classic, or a project in progress. There are 13 prizes for all kinds of categories.
For more information, to preregister or sign up as a vendor, go to www.valleycruisers.ca


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