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Good Samaritan makes family connection

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A local woman made a family connection while helping out a stranded traveller.
Irene Gilliard was biding her time on social media last Saturday morning, when she saw a request for help from a stranded traveller.
Gilliard explains she connected with the woman, Rebecca Florizone. The traveller, along with her boyfriend and another friend had travelled from Saskatchewan for a comedy show in Calgary. They checked into an Air B&B and then decided to take a day trip. Unfortunately, their car broke down. Out of desperation, she reached out on social media for a lift to Calgary.
Gilliard immediately recognized the name and thought they might be related.
“I didn’t answer her right away, but I said I would be there shortly. When I got there, I asked if she knew my cousin, and she said, ‘Yeah, he’s my uncle,’” recalls Giliard.
She picked up the stranded travellers, and as they drove to Calgary, they pieced together their shared family tree bit by bit.
“We have such a huge family, and as we get older, we forget that everybody is having kids, and it is growing even larger. That’s kind of what happened,” said Gilliard.
They contacted known relatives to piece it together, and eventually, they figured out that Rebecca is Irene’s second cousin, once removed.
“We had lots of good conversations, and we talked about family history. She actually belongs to ancestry.com. As she learns about people, she plugs them into her ancestry, so that is kind of cool,” she said.
Rebecca and her friends made the concert and were able to retrieve their things, but unfortunately, the car needs major repairs and is at the dealership.


DVSS cake auction raises over $3,100 for Terry Fox Foundation

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Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) held its annual cake auction to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation on Friday, September 15. There were a wide array of cakes and other confectionery with a total of 58 items donated for the auction, including a large bag of theatre popcorn, a bright pink heart-shaped cake to celebrate the recent Barbie movie, and several Black Forest cakes which were made by students in the Foods program. In total the auction helped to raise $3,145, with one cake raising $400. Students were allowed to enjoy their purchases during their lunch hour, raising their afternoon sugar levels.

Local writer explores pivotal 1993 federal election

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An interesting young man has written an interesting book about an interesting time in Canadian politics.
Brandon Holden, son of Michelle and Trevor is studying Education at Red Deer Polytechnic. He also just self-published his first book called 47 Days: The Election That Changed Canada.
This book details the 1993 federal election.
This was a tumultuous time in federal politics. There was the resignation of Brian Mulroney in the wake of the NAFTA debate and the controversial implementation of the GST, Kim Campbell’s brief leadership, alienation of Quebec and the West, culminating with the rise of Lucien Bouchard and Preston Manning, respectively, and ultimately the installation of the Jean Chretien Liberal party.
“I have always liked history of course and beyond that, when you look at a lot of Canadian history books, while they are incredibly well written by very intelligent people, they are not necessarily targeted to the general public,” explains Holden. “I thought I would want to write a book on Canadian history that people would want to read. I poked around, andTthe 1993 federal election does not have a lot of coverage on it, let alone anything written like a novel. I thought there was an interesting story there that people could be interested in.”
He found many of the issues, such as separation, and Western alienation, are still major issues in federal politics.
“It was a very transformative time for Canada. and I think today we are still feeling a lot of the ramifications of what happened in 1993,” he said. “I think what was most interesting when you look at Preston Manning and Lucien Bouchard, what I noticed in the research is while they are from very different backgrounds and very different regions of the country, there are a lot of similarities in their resentment towards the federal government. In a lot of ways, the anger that the Bloc Quebecois had in the 1990s was very much a parallel of the Reform Party.”
He has been busy with studying, working and writing, but managed to finish the book quickly.
“From start to finish, it took me about five months to write, but two of those were purely research,” Holden tells the Mail.
The book was released in August of this year. It is available locally at Riverside Value Drug Mart. Holden says it is available on Amazon as Kindle or paperback.
“It is getting very good reception. For a brief moment, it was the number one bestseller under the political category on Amazon, so that was exciting, but I have still to get a phone call from Jean Chretien or Preston Manning saying they have read the book.”


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