Terry Fox Run Sunday
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.
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.
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.