By Jennifer Carniel
Many of us can remember when the ALS ice bucket challenge seemed to take the media by storm as one of the most renowned ways to create awareness and raise money for a cause. Locally, the Grandview Credit Union made headlines when they stepped up to the challenge and the staff bravely allowed a loader bucket of ice water to be dumped on themselves to raise awareness for the cause. The concept was to create a global awareness of this life altering disease and help raise funds to find a cure or treatment.
ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed and it is a fatal disease with no treatment or cure. Symptoms of ALS vary from person to person and can begin in the muscles that control speech, swallowing or in the hands, arms, legs or feet. Some may experience difficulties in grasping a pen or lifting a coffee cup and some may experience changes in vocal pitch while speaking. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms or sequence of symptoms or even patters of progression; ultimately they will however experience constant and progressive muscle weakness and paralysis. Over time when breathing muscles become affected, people with ALS will need permanent ventilator support in order to breathe.
On May 4th 2016, Ian Dubek from Grandview, was diagnosed with ALS. When most boys in the 70’s and 80’s were asking Santa for snowboards or action figures, Ian was asking for ice augers and snow shoes. From Scouts and Cadets to triathlons and skiing, Ian likes to be involved. His passion for the great outdoors led him to be an avid fisherman, hiker, camper and naturalist. His love of sports took him across the prairies competing for titles in biking and skiing. At a young age he was brave enough to leave home for work in York Factory and eventually went on to be the Recreational Director in Churchill, MB.
“Ian is the type of big brother that blurs the lines between brother, father and friend,” noted Ian’s sister, Chelsea Dubek. “He is 15 years my elder and Ian always sets an example for me. When most teenage boys would be hanging out with their friends, he would be packing up for an adventure with me. An adventure usually meant chavet rides to Clear Lake at speeds I'd rather not mention, (Mom is probably going to read this), skiing trips to Sugarloaf, fishing along the shores of the Valley River and a few pelican snowmobile rides, (we only caught on fire once!). My brother has taught me how to ski, snowshoe, drive, bait a hook and start a fire. He's taught me strength, bravery, perseverance, compassion, dedication and the true meaning of love. He's taught me that life is worth living.”
“Nothing in life can ever prepare you for hearing those words,” explained Chelsea. “No amount of knowledge, information or support can soften the blow. No amount of love can lessen the pain. The calendar
The Grandview & District Recreation Commission held their annual Rummage Sale fundraiser at the GACC on Saturday, May 14, 2016. A wide variety of items were donated and all the proceeds went towards
recreation programming in Grandview. Photo submitted.
Bonham starts at MYJC
By Jennifer Carniel
The Manitoba Youth Job Centre is back open in Grandview with its official start date of Monday, May 16, 2016. This year the MYJC Engagement Leader is Erin Bonham. Bonham is from Gilbert Plains and is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba and working towards a degree in Education, which she will continue in the fall. She has worked a wide variety of jobs from the local convenience store in Gilbert Plains, the hospital, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission in Dauphin and she has volunteered with the Wayfinders program in Winnipeg, where she worked with youth.
This past week, Bonham was out and about in Grandview School, Gilbert Plains Elementary and Gilbert Plains Collegiate Institute to recruit students for summer employment.
“To gather interest of the MYJC program I will begin by providing students with general information sessions either through presentations or an open table set up,” explained Bonham. “During this time I encourage students to ask any questions they may have about the Odd Job Squad or MYJC program and I have prizes to hand out.”
“I am hoping to continue with popular past events such as the Saskatoon pick, strawberry
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