Athabasca Advocate – June 26, 2018 Making splash park dreams a reality

Local officials and members of the Greater Athabasca Community Foundation (GACF) participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new splash park project in Boyle June 21. Front row L to R: GCAF treasurer Terryl Turner, GACF board member Terra Maloney, GACF board member Amy Boutette, GACF president Lindsey Stanton, Boyle Mayor Colin Derko, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette, GACF splash park president Olga Sehalin, AGLC director Sheena Clyburn. Back row L to R: Boyle Coun. Barbara Smith, Boyle chief administrative officer Charlie Ashbey, Boyle Counc. Patrick Ferguson, GACF splash park vice president David Splane.

Athabasca Advocate – May 8, 2018 – Local cooking program gets $10K

Money given to the Cooking Circles Program from provinces’s Community Initiatives Program

“The support we have from (MLA) Colin Piquette was very much appreciated,” she said. “We would also like to thank the numerous agencies who have helped out as well, including Healthy Families-Healthy Futures, the Words Work Society, the FCSS, THRIVE, the Native Friendship Centre, as well as all the volunteers who’ve helped out.”

Gibbons Easter Egg Hunt – March 31, 2018

Always happy to sponsor and volunteer for the Gibbon’s Easter Egg Hunt.  Gibbons is lucky to have Melanie Strachan organize this for the community. An event this size takes an incredible amount of work and dedication. Thank you!


Heartwood’s big anniversary – Athabasca Advocate – January 9, 2018

The Heartwood Folk Club approximately celebrated their 20th year with live music as their fall 2017 season-opener Oct. 1.

About 200 people crowded the Nancy Appleby Theatre to see acoustic guitar folk duo J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning perform. During intermission, Heartwood Folk Club Society board member Richard Zwicker gave thanks to the music club’s artistic director, Peter Opryshko, for all his work putting on shows for the past 20 years.

Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette was at the show, and presented Opryshko and the society with a certificate of achievement.

Opryshko said that it was “very special” to have such a good crowd, and that the club has survived for so long. “It’s fantastic. It couldn’t have happened without all these good people. They give me more credit than they should, I think.”

Athabasca Community Dinner Draws Over 1000 People – Athabasca Advocate -December 19, 2017


Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette donned a Santa hat and pitched in with the dinner. He said nothing could be more in the spirit of the season than an event like the community dinner. 

“This is the very definition of what community is,” he said. “People are getting together and sharing fellowship and good cheer. Raising funds for the less fortunate.”

-MLA Colin Piquette