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Badlands Search and Rescue needs volunteers to save lives

    Badlands Search and Rescue will be looking for volunteers during an information session to be held at the Rockyford Community Centre on Saturday, November 26, at 10 a.m.
    So far there have been roughly 15 people who have expressed interest in volunteering for Badlands Search and Rescue. More are needed.
    “If we get a lot more, it would be fantastic,” said Scott Campbell, head of Badlands Search and Rescue. “We rely heavily on a large number of people to find lost persons quickly.”
    Badlands Search and Rescue is not available for call at this time, as it has yet to be certified, a process that could take a year. Neighbouring search and rescue organizations continue to watch over the badlands area.
    The push is on to have volunteers trained and ready for when Badlands Search and Rescue is certified.
    Training involves learning the basics of search and rescue, such as navigation, ropes, survival camping, lost person behaviour, scenarios, and more.
    Volunteers will also be trained in first aid and CPR, and the instinct command system level 100.
    There will also be opportunities to do practical training. Volunteers will be sent along to work with neighbouring search and rescue organizations during their operations.
    Persons desiring to become involved with the lifesaving enterprise are encouraged to attend the information meeting. For further information contact Scott Campbell at

Successful season for Morgan Jayne Project

    The Morgan Jayne Project has had an exciting winter with a string of successes.
    Recently, its campaign to fill the Christmas wish list was met head on by residents who polished off the list. They were able to send nearly two and a half tons of packages to the make a brighter Christmas and a brighter future for some of the poorest of the poor in the western hemisphere.
    The gifts have arrived on the island in time for its annual Christmas party.
    While it was a monumental task, the support for the project and its main focus of supplying infant formula to help stop the transmission of HIV and aids from mother to child is also strong.
    In October volunteers spearheaded a grass roots campaign to make sure no penny was lonely. It caught fire and there were donation boxes at businesses all over the valley collecting loose change. In all, the campaign raised $540.
    Last weekend a brave contingent of volunteers had the opportunity to host a barbecue and collect the proceeds. The event raised $175, despite temperatures dropping to -22 degrees Celsius.

Abuse allegations arise at PBI

    Last week, allegations of abuse at Prairie Bible Institute (PBI) became known to the media after a survivor came forward with her story.
    PBI in Three Hills was established in 1922 and is now facing allegations dating back several years.
    The Calgary Herald reported that Linda Fossen, 53, a former student filed a complaint with the RCMP alleging years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, a former employee of the school. She attended her class reunion in 2006 and came forward with her story of abuse, and found that she was not alone.
    She published a book on her experience and says she has since heard stories from about 80 former students.
    On November 15, Mark Maxwell, president of PBI issued a statement on the institution’s web site. It says the school will cooperate with the RCMP.
    “To the extent of our information, the incidents in question date back several decades, and the individuals purportedly involved are no longer at Prairie. Nevertheless, we feel it is appropriate to respond and to emphasize our commitment to seeking truth and transparency,” states the letter.
    The institution has selected a board member to be the point of contact of the school for individuals who feel they have been abused by a Prairie staff member while enrolled at the school, and prefer not to take the allegation to the police.
    “The board recognizes the seriousness of any potential allegations and would desire to achieve healing and reconciliation,” states the letter.


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