I have to admit, 2018 was a horrible year for my family and me, as well as some of my friends who live in another community. And without a doubt, it’s also been a horrible year for oil and gas workers who call Drayton Valley their home.
However, I am bound and determined to bring good news to the Western Review each week, however and wherever I can find it. In future issues, I plan on making a special page for any and all good news that I come across. I just can’t quite figure out what to call the page.
Any suggestions from our readers?
So far I have come across at least three good news stories. The first one is about 16-year-old student Philippa Madill who was presented not long ago with a Philanthropy award for taking on and fundraising for, several projects for her community as well as the Stollery Children’s Centre.
The second story comes from Brazeau County Councillor Marc Gressler, who reported that the owners of Drayton Valley Bakery had their business loan completely paid for by ATB. More details to come on this one.
This last news item comes with mixed feelings. Recently, CBC Television did a short piece about the monthly community suppers that have taken place at the Legion over the past year or so. In the beginning, 80 people in the community attended. By the end of this year, over 300 people from all walks of life are attending these suppers, held on the third Tuesday of each month. In fact, attendance has grown so large, the suppers have outgrown the Legion and as of January, they will now take place at the MacKenzie Centre.
The mixed feelings come from the fact that so many people are struggling in their lives they need the suppers, and that’s sad. The good news is that another venue was willing to come forward to house the suppers once a month, and that’s a good thing.
If anybody happens to hear more good news in the community, please let me know so that I can share it with our readers.