Terry Fox Run Sun­day

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BY STEVEN WARBURTON

Staff Although it’s been more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury since the end of his Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox is still an in­spi­ra­tion to all Cana­di­ans.

That’s what lo­cal Terry Fox Run or­ga­nizer Doug Boeckh will tell you.

“I think the thing that is maybe most im­por­tant is the de­gree to which Terry Fox con­tin­ues to in­spire us and make us proud,” he said.

Terry Fox Runs con­tinue to be popular in com­mu­ni­ties and schools across the coun­try. Mr. Boeckh says that the Alexan­dria run, slated for Sept. 17 at Is­land Park, is al­ready at­tract­ing its fair share of par­tic­i­pants.

One of them is Sue Des­jardins, who will run with her group, the Cedar Park Boomers.

“I saw the ad­ver­tise­ment for the run in sev­eral weeks ago and thought that would be a good thing to do as ev­ery­one has been touched by cancer one way or an­other,” she writes. “I lost a sis­ter, moth­erin-law, and a good friend to cancer and an­other friend is go­ing through it right now. I am part of a group of ladies in White Cedar Park that meet weekly for crafts, and we all agreed that it would be a good cause to sup­port. We even made up t-shirts for our­selves.“

Now in its 37th year the Terry Fox Run has evolved into the largest fundrais­ing event in sup­port of cancer re­search in the world, with events tak­ing place in 32 coun­tries across four con­ti­nents an­nu­ally – over 9,000 Runs in com­mu­ni­ties and schools in Canada

The Is­land Park run starts at 11 a.m. and is open to walk­ers, run­ners and bik­ers. Cour­ses range from one to 10 kilo­me­tres. Pledge sheets are avail­able at www.ter­ry­fox.org.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Doug Boeckh at 613-363-1236.

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force. She is the Sun­day School Su­per­in­ten­dent, sets up cur­ricu­lum, as well as co­or­di­nat­ing the spe­cial func­tions like the Christ­mas pageant and the end of sea­son pic­nic at her church. She also lends her voice to the choir. As the 200th An­niver­sary of her con­gre­ga­tion ap­proaches in 2019, Au­drey is busy chair­ing the com­mit­tee to com­pile sto­ries for a “book of mem­o­ries”. Au­drey has proven to be a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer over the years.

Brenda No­ble Lead­er­ship Award

Brenda No­ble dis­played out­stand­ing and ex­em­plary civic lead­er­ship in re­sponse to the SD&G Li­brary Board’s de­ci­sion to close its Dalkeith Branch. While many were ex­press­ing dis­may, Brenda was look­ing for a con­struc­tive way for­ward. At the same time that she was mak­ing a con­certed pub­lic ef­fort to pre­serve the lo­cal li­brary ser­vices in Dalkeith, she was lead­ing and pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment and adop­tion of an al­ter­na­tive com­mu­nity-based ap­proach – a vi­able plan “B”, just in case. She ral­lied the pub­lic, har­nessed the strengths and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of res­i­dents, can­vassed lo­cal busi­nesses for con­tri­bu­tions of ma­te­rial and sup­plies and col­lab­o­rated with the mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials to ex­plore and iden­tify mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial ar­range­ments for use of the for­mer li­brary build­ing.

Barely two months af­ter the per­ma­nent clo­sure of the Dalkeith branch of the SD&G Li­brary, “Dalkeith Plus” opened in the same build­ing. Stocked with do­nated ma­te­ri­als and staffed by com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, Dalkeith Plus has be­come a suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity gath­er­ing place and cul­tural cen­tre, host­ing pub­lic fam­ily events, art work­shops and ed­u­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tions.

With over 75 paid mem­bers and a solid group of vol­un­teers, it is by any mea­sure a suc­cess. With­out her vi­sion, energy, com­mu­ni­ty­minded spirit and her abil­ity to garner sup­port from lo­cal res­i­dents, the com­mu­nity of Dalkeith would have with­ered af­ter the loss of its pub­lic space. In­stead, Brenda’s ded­i­ca­tion and lead­er­ship have re-in­vig­o­rated and in­spired the whole north­east cor­ner of North Glen­garry.

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2017

Ded­i­ca­tion & ON YOUR MARKS: Best friends Sonja Volkhardt, 12, and Danielle Forse, 13, both of Pin­court, QC, were in Glen Robert­son on Sun­day for the lo­cal Op­ti­mist club’s an­nual soap­box derby.

BOUL­DER STATE­MENT: Alexan­dria’s Terry Fox Run takes place Sept. 17.

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