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Last updateFri, 14 Jun 2024 6pm

80 youth sign up following launch of Duke of Edinburgh Awards

    While it has only been a month since the Duke of Edinburgh Awards were launched in Drumheller, already more than 80 youngsters have signed up to take part in the program.
    The program is a journey of self-discovery and community service for the young people ages 14-25. It is a self-directed development program with components that include volunteerism, personal skill development, physical recreation and adventure.    
    The RCMP in Drumheller has teamed up with community organizations for the Community Youth Challenge Project, and they are pleasantly surprised with the uptake.
    Constable Tomas Dobrich said they had modest expectations of about 20 students participating.
    “It surpassed our expectations,” he said. “We have participants from Delia, Carbon, DVSS and St. Anthony’s.”
    He said they will be introducing the program to more students in the new year, as well as expanding its core of trained mentors into the rural area.
    While the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program was founded in 1956 and came to Canada in 1963, awareness of the program was often in private schools or universities. The community project with the Drumheller RCMP is a pilot.
    Dobrich said since the Drumheller launch, interest is growing throughout the province.
    “Because of what we have done here in Drumheller, other detachments and areas such as the Edmonton Police Service have taken notice. They want to have the Duke of Edinburgh Awards with their police service", said Dobrich. "Fort McLeod is also trying to get involved.”
    Dobrich said they are looking for community leaders or organizational leaders who are interested in working with youth to train as mentors to help facilitate the program. While the program is self-directed, mentors are there to lend support when needed. They are planning more training in the new year. Those interested can contact Dobrich at 403-823-7590 for more information.
    This week the students who have registered will be receiving their work report books used to track their community service hours and progress.
    Dobrich said they are able to accommodate as many students who want to participate. It is a great resume-building tool, is recognized internationally and can open doors for students in the future.
    “It has not only exceeded our expectations," said Dobrich, “it has blown us away.”

Travel Alberta uses valley to take breath away

    Alberta has never looked as beautiful as it does in the latest Travel Alberta television campaign.
    This fall, Travel Alberta launched its Remember to Breathe campaign. It highlights the sights and sounds of Alberta that take your breath away and a number of those vistas are from right here in the valley.
    inSide Drumheller caught up to the crews on August 5, while they were working in the valley in the Dorothy area, shooting scenes for the television campaign.
     On site for the filming, Royce Chwin, managing director of global marketing and branding for Travel Alberta, says this campaign is part of a branding journey. Last year Travel Alberta launched its Alberta Goosebump Moments campaign. This is identifying things and places in the province that elicit deep feeling… give you goosebumps. He said the commercial series explores the idea.
    While crews were in the valley they also shot at Horseshoe Canyon.
    The shots in and around are more focused on the summer campaign. Currently the television spots are in wide circulation. The summer themed commercials will begin airing in the near future.
    Currently on the Travelalbertacanada YouTube page, the videos made for the summer campaign are available to view. The area is featured prominently in a three minute Remember to Breathe video, and there is also a 90 second clip on the Badlands.

Turkeys, hams needed to fill hampers

    The Salvation Army is coming down the home stretch leading up to Christmas, but there is still a need for a few more items.
    This week hampers are being packed and getting ready to be distributed, but they are still in need 15 turkeys and 25 hams to fill the Christmas packages.
    These items can be dropped off at the Drumheller Sears, given at any of the grocery stores in Drumheller, The Salvation Army Thrift Store and The Salvation Army Family Services office at the church.
    While the days are ticking away, the Salvation Army has plans to get everybody in the Christmas spirit. This Saturday morning they are hosting a free pancake breakfast at O’Shea’s from 8-10 a.m. This is a great family event, and they expect Santa will take a break from his busy schedule to update his nice list.
    This coming Thursday, December 22, The Salvation Army is hosting a screening of the Nativity at the Napier Theatre at 2 p.m. This is a free event, and there is no donation needed to attend.
    While Christmas approaches there are still openings to man Christmas Kettles.
    To volunteer, or for more information any of these events, contact The Drumheller Salvation Army at 403-823-2215.


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