South Peace News
Health services were supported and local government and business partners connected during the fourth annual Big Lakes Invitational Charity Golf Tournament on Aug. 17 at High Prairie and District Golf Course.
“We had a great turnout and a good time for municipal government, business and industry to connect,” Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews says.
“It’s an opportunity for people to talk outside the office and it gives a different perspective.”
About 100 golfers played in the tournament, says Big Lakes Councillor Don Charrois, who co-ordinated the event, co-hosted by Big Lakes County, the Town of High Prairie and the Town of Swan Hills.
“We raised money for some very important health services,” Matthews says.
Although no figures of fundraising have been determined, $5,000 will be donated each to the Stollery Children’s Hospital and to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, while the balance will be given to the High Prairie and District Health Foundation.
Funding is appreciated by the recipients.
“Your support last year was crucial,” says Ryan Drury, senior development officer of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“Wait times for surgery are down.”
Words of appreciation were also expressed by Margaret Bell, area manager of the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Participants value the opportunity at the event to network and support each other.
“We had lots of representatives from municipalities, Indigenous communities, business and industry,” Matthews says.
Others say the event is growing more popular.
“Everyone I talk to says they plan to be back next year,” High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox says.
“It’s a summer event that industry leaders look forward to.”
One mayor says the tournament show the value of partnerships.
“It’ important to show the culture of change that has occurred among local municipalities to work together for the region and residents,” Swan Hills Mayor Craig Wilson says.
Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen was present for the event and thanked organizers.
Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Smith was unable to attend, but sent a message of encouragement read at the dinner.