Com­mu­nity chal­lenged to get ac­tive for Canada 150

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

For Canada’s 150th birth­day, there is a chal­lenge for Drumheller res­i­dents to get ac­tive.

The com­mu­nity is tack­ling the Par­ticipAC­TION 150 Playlist. Rose Poul­son, se­niors co­or­di­na­tor for Town of Drumheller, ex­plains that Par­ticipAC­TION has com­piled a list of 150 ac­tiv­i­ties to have an ac­tive 150th birth­day year for Canada. There is every­thing from ca­noe­ing to hik­ing. In Drumheller, they are hop­ing to tackle a num­ber of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate Canada 150 and also be a vi­brant ac­tive com­mu­nity.

To kick off the playlist, Drumheller is once again par­tic­i­pat­ing in Win­ter Walk Day. This is the 10th an­niver­sary of the event and Drumheller is get­ting ready to show its spirit.

This year, Win­ter Walk Day is set to go on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1. This is a prov­ince-wide event that en­cour­ages Al­ber­tans to par­tic­i­pate in at least 15 min­utes of out­door ac­tiv­ity. Poul­son is help­ing to or­ga­nize lo­cally and says the town has par­tic­i­pated for the last six years.

She al­ready is work­ing with a num­ber of groups and schools to get the com­mu­nity out for Win­ter Walk Day.

She is invit­ing se­niors to come to the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity to walk on the track at 10 a.m., along with the Drumheller Dragons. Then at 12:15 p.m., the com­mu­nity walk will de­part from the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. She is hop­ing for 150 par­tic­i­pants.

She is also invit­ing schools in the area, as well as other groups to par­tic­i­pate. They are is­su­ing a work­place chal­lenge and ask­ing busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate for brag­ging rights as the most ac­tive work­place in the com­mu­nity.

This year she says the com­mu­nity is chal­leng­ing the Town of Fort MacLeod to see who can have the best par­tic­i­pa­tion in Win­ter Walk Day. She en­cour­ages those who are in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing to go to www.sha­peab.com and reg­is­ter for win­ter walk day to have your steps counted, or email your num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and min­utes walked to rpoul­son@di­nosaur­val­ley.com

They are in the plan­ning process for even more ac­tiv­i­ties to cross off the playlist. On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, the Drumheller Curl­ing Club is join­ing by of­fer­ing a Fri­day Fun Drop-in Curl­ing Night at 7 p.m. This is open to novice and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers alike. Mem­bers will be on hand to share tips on how to play, and there will be equip­ment avail­able.

The playlist chal­lenge con­tin­ues on Thursday, Fe­bru­ary 16 as the pick­le­ball group will be host­ing a de­mon­stra­tion where peo­ple can come and try out the sport and have some fun.

Look for more Canada 150 ac­tiv­i­ties com­ing up through­out the year.

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Win­ter Walk Day will be held Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1 to kick of Drumheller Par­ticipAC­TION 150 Playlist. Se­niors are in­vited to walk at 10 a.m. at the BCF , and then at 12:15 p .m., the com­mu­nity walk heads out.

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