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Fun Family Day Extravaganza

By Deanna Mitchener

#4141 - Checking out all the great prizes at the ninth annual Family
Family Day is all about spending quality time
together, and that is what many families were Day Extravaganza. Edson and District Caregivers Association has
doing at the Royal Canadian Legion on hosted this Family Day event for the past nine years. Photo by
February 20. Taking part in the annual Family Deanna Mitchener
Day Extravaganza that the Edson and District
Caregivers Association has hosted for the past
nine years. #4136 - Tracy-Lynn Anderson with her three girls Sidney (5),
Brain Golding has been volunteering with the Hayden (7) and Elizabeth (3) gather around the horse shoe game to
annual event from the very first day. Brian and play, during the Family Day Extravaganza. "This is the first time we
his wife Joyce have been Foster Parents here in have come to the event, the kids are having fun and we are glad we
our region for many years, they also are
involved with the Night Riders 4-H Club. They game" said Tracy-Lynn. Volunteering to help out at the game is
believe in offering things for kids to do and to Devan Blasius, who game with his family to the event and got asked
keep them active. Brian said "the 4-H kids are if he would be willing to volunteers. What a great sport, we all rely on
helping to supervise games and the concession. volunteers so much. Thank you Devan. Photo by Deanna
They keep themselves busy within the Mitchener
community volunteering to help other
organizations, as volunteering is a huge part of
their 4-H group. This is a great family event to #4132 - Kathy Hicks seen here painting Emma Smith's face on
get together, the 4-H Club looks forward to Family Day. Kathy says "it is a worth while event to be volunteering
doing it each year. All the money brought in my time, I enjoy painting faces." Also volunteering their time to face
from the Extravaganza goes back into the
purchase of supplies such as door prizes, raffle paint is Mattie Ferguson and Samantha Darr-Desrosiers from the
prizes, spot dance prizes and equipment such as Holy Redeemer High School Art Department. On stage playing
a popcorn machine and hopefully maybe a dance songs was Ryan Chouinard and Chris Gosling working the
cotton candy machine. Sobey's donated the hot PA system. Thanks to our many volunteers. Photo by Deanna
dogs, buns and condiments and there is close to Mitchener
$5,000 worth of gifts to be won this afternoon. "
Gean Chouinard has also been a part of the
annual event from the get go. Gean actually
came up with the idea to start the event with a
group of Foster Parents, to organize an event
for all young kids in the community to be able A group up dancing during the ninth annual Family Day Extravaganza that was held at the
to attend with their families, whether it be Royal Canadian Legion on February 20. Random spot dances were being done, so everyone
biological family, foster family or kinship had a chance of winning if they were up dancing. Photo by Deanna Mitchener
families. Family Day is to celebrate with our
families together, and what better way to
celebrate, than to have an event where everyone
can join in on some family fun, playing games,
dancing, socializing, meeting other youngsters Tracy-Lynn Anderson with her
their own age, a place where everyone is three girls Sidney (5), Hayden (7)
welcome, good times and good memories are and Elizabeth (3) gather around
made, a tradition started that can bring families the horseshoe game to play,
together no matter what the weather is like during the Family Day
outside. Gean said "this event gives families the Extravaganza. "This is the first
opportunity to get together. It is great to see time we have come to the event,
everyone coming out each year, we have the kids are having fun and we are
grandparents that come to watch their grandkids glad we came," said Tracy-Lynn.
having fun, parents that get up dancing with Volunteering to help out at the
their kids, everyone seems to have a great time." game is Devan Blasius, who came
Jim Toner with Family Services said "it is nice with his family to the event and
having a family activity in town that is very got asked if he would be willing to
affordable that people can come out too. For me volunteer. What a great sport, we
the Foster Parents and Kinship Parents do so all rely on volunteers so much.
much for our community that people don't Thank you Devan.
realize, so I'm more than happy to volunteer my Photo by Deanna Mitchener
time to support them in running this event. Just
one small way I can pitch in and be part of
something that is very good for kids and

In Loving Memory of Roger Byrt In Loving Memory of

Husband, Dad, Grandpa & Great Grandpa DICK CORSER

December 16, 1938 - March 4, 2008 August 25, 1925 - March 2, 2007

If we could write a story The mid-months are filled with laughter and smiles
it would be the greatest story ever told
Of a kind and loving father As we’re late round the fire and we stare at the sky
Who had a heart of gold
Cool winds blow new colour at the larch and the willow
We could write a million pages Who stand with their kin and quietly watch over
But still be unable to say, just how
Much we love and miss him The mighty pine forest is then blanketed in white
Every single day While the snow on the river plays in the light.
We will remember all he taught us Woollies are shed and the spring comes anew
We hurt but won’t be sad
Because he’ll send us down the answers And we look back and know that each season was you.
and he’ll always be OUR DAD Deeply Missed by Dorothy, Judy,
Love you always,
Marg, Dorothy, Cindy, Sandy, Donnie and Families Clyde, Craig, Don and families
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