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Terry Fox Run lands organizer

Mayor's Walk good to go

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 06:00 am

READY TO ORGANIZE – Cassandra Meunier  of St. Albert has stepped forward to organize the 2014 Terry Fox Run. The run will take place Sept. 14.
READY TO ORGANIZE – Cassandra Meunier of St. Albert has stepped forward to organize the 2014 Terry Fox Run. The run will take place Sept. 14.
CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

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A recent call for a local organizer has quickly proven to be fruitful. Cassandra Meunier might be still relatively new to this community but she has taken on the challenge to be the new head of the St. Albert Terry Fox Run.

Meunier said she knows full well the impact of cancer, having moved here last year just after her mother passed away from a seven-month battle with brain cancer.

“It really hit home. Cancer is like wildfire. Everyone is experiencing it in some way or another. This has been my driving force,” she said.

After reading a recent story in the St. Albert Gazette about how the local run was in danger of being cancelled because of a lack of a organizer, Meunier called right away to offer her help.

“I kind of knew as I was reading it: ‘OK, I’m definitely going to volunteer for this’,” she thought as she called Rhonda Risebrough, the provincial director for the Terry Fox Foundation (Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut).

After Risebrough explained the direness of the situation, Meunier realized that she had to step up her game a little bit more than she had planned.

“I had no idea I would be the one organizing it. That came as a bit of a shock. This is just really going to challenge me,” she said.

Working in her favour is an abundance of management experience, not the least of which is being a stay-at-home mom of three.

Meunier intends to make the run the most popular family-friendly event ever and for that, she has already put the word out that she isn’t going to do it alone.

“I’m hoping that more people want to volunteer and start thinking about the future in the next six months. I’m going to do what I can … to make it a great experience.”

The Terry Fox Run is now set for the morning of Sunday, Sept. 14 starting off from St. Albert Place. Visit www.terryfox.org for more details.

Mayor’s Walk ready … set …

The weather should finally be ready for hundreds of eager walkers this Saturday. The Mayor’s Walk is set to benefit dozens of St. Albert and Edmonton charities and community groups with a fundraiser en masse.

Event co-ordinator Heather McKinnon said it’s hard to predict how many people will actually show up to participate on the day. She already calls it a success because of how the community has rallied behind the cause. To her, this is what community is all about.

“I just love meeting with all the charities and all the participants. It’s just a big deal for me. We only get to do this once a year. It’s just something that I love doing,” she said.

She gave special praise to major sponsor Dan Roy of Roy Financial, the event’s longtime sponsor.

“What would we do without him?” she said of Roy.

Roy Financial has also sponsored a prize of a $1,000 AMA travel gift certificate. Participants get one entry for every $150 that they raise. Participating St. Albert organizations can also enter to win $2,500 for every $1,500 that they raise, courtesy of Neil Rouse Realty. There are also prizes for the top three pledge earners.

The family and pet-friendly event will feature a 3K walk and a 5K run.

The 14th annual Mayor’s Walk takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. The St. Albert Minor Baseball Association Clubhouse is located at 215 Sturgeon Road.

All charities receive 100 per cent of the pledges and also get promotion through media sponsor the St. Albert Gazette.

For more information or to register, people can also call 780-459-7377, ext. 226 or go to the St. Albert Family Resource Centre at #10A, 215 Carnegie Dr.

People can also register online at www.royfinancialmayorswalk.com.


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