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Say, isn’t that…

    A Drumheller man has put his mug on the line, in hopes that it is similar enough to one of Canada’s top comics.
    Justin Bolin has entered the Calgary Sun Celebrity Look-alike contest, and he is looking for support to put him over the top. His celebrity look-alike is Russell Peters.
  Bolin was among dozens of entries to the contest and he made the initial top 20 cut along with another local face, Nigel Tchir. From there, he has survived two more cuts down to ten finalists, and now three.
    “I’m pretty surprised he made top three,” said his wife Dawn, who has been helping to spread the word to all their friends.
    “He gets it a lot every time we go somewhere or are in an airport, people are asking if he is Russell Peters, it is quite funny.”
    He is up against a Carrie Underwood look-alike and a Katie Perry look-alike.
    If he wins, he is on his way to Los Angeles, where he will be put up in a four-star property in Hollywood, be treated to a movie star home tour and receive $500 spending cash.
    To help Bolin win, you need to vote for him. Voting closes today (Friday). Go to and Click on “Celebrity Look-alikes.”

International program enhances student experience at DVSS

    DVSS principal Curtis LaPierre has just returned from an overseas trip to meet with potential students and parents as well as spread the word of the International Program at the school.
    LaPierre left for China, on November 4 for an eight-day trip, which included a visit to Hong Kong. While recruitment and promotion were a big part of the trip, another was discussion on curriculum.
    “I went to a high school and sat down with the administration there and talked to them about why Chinese students are challenged by English 30 and Social 30, and what they could do to better prepare their students for coming to Canada,” said LaPierre. Math and sciences are no problem, but social and English are real problems.”
    The trip also took him to Hong Kong to meet with agents who arrange international study opportunities for students. In fact, three students registered on the spot to come to Drumheller.
    LaPierre also met with the parents of current students at DVSS as well as the parents of incoming students while he was in Hong Kong.
    While the Golden Hills International Program was a pioneer in Alberta and enjoyed strong success in terms of numbers early on, it has seen incoming students drop as economic conditions worsened.
    “In the school division overall, we are down to about 170 international students. We used to run about 260,” said LaPierre. “That is simply because of economics.”
    Another reason for the drop is other schools in Alberta have seen the success of this model.
    “When we started seven years ago, there used to be three school divisions in the whole province, now there are 30 that are actively marketing for international students, so the competition side has gone up significantly.
    “Like any venture the landscape is always changing.”
    While numbers fluctuate, the program has been a success.
    He says the main goal of the international program when it was brought in was to utilize the dormitories, diversify the students' international experience here in the valley, provide international students with the Canadian experience, and maintain programs for Drumheller students. He said if it weren’t for the International Program, DVSS would have three less full time teachers.
    “It has really been a positive thing, and the kids are well accepted not just by the school community, but by the community at large,” said LaPierre.

Registration day for Christmas assistance approaches

    While Christmas is just around the corner, there are many in the community who will have trouble making the season joyous, or even making ends meet. It may be someone you know, it may be really close to home.
    The Salvation Army provides Christmas hampers to those in need; however, those needing support are required to apply.
    The church is holding a sign-up day on Thursday, December 8 at the church in downtown Drumheller. They will have staff on hand from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to process applications, but they ask that those in need call 403-823-2215 for an appointment.
    While the Thursday date is optimal for the church, it will accept appointments on other days.
    Lt. Rachel Sheils says it is helpful if registrations happen sooner rather than later. This allows time for better planning, the ability to help identify the needs in advance and be able to construct the hampers to suit the needs of the families.
    So far, the Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign is going along well.  They are coming off a successful food drive, and this Saturday following the Santa Claus parade at 1 p.m. in downtown Drumheller, they are once again hosting a viewing of The Polar Express at the Napier Theatre at 2 p.m. Admission to the show is a donation of funds or food.
     Sheils said the kettle campaign is a little bit ahead of last year, but the rest of its campaigns are a little behind.
    They are still in need of volunteers to man the kettles. Shifts are about two hours in length.
    The iKettle program is also continuing this year. This is a safe secure online way to donate to the Salvation Army. Although the donation is in cyberspace, the funds will flow directly to local programs. She says this is an easy way for someone to donate using a credit card. Tax receipts are mailed directly to the person donating.
    Last hear the Drumheller Salvation Army finished in the top 10 in the country for iKettle donations, and this year they are right on track to do it again. To donate online go to, or go to and follow the link.
    To volunteer for working a kettle, to register for a hamper or more information contact the Salvation Army at 403-823-2215.


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