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Weekend set for memorial fundraisers

Jessica Martel run/walk on Sunday, Douglas Deacon street hockey on Saturday

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 06:00 am

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This is the weekend for the second annual Jessica Martel Memorial 5K run/walk to end domestic violence. Organizer Lynne Rosychuk hopes the success to continue after last year’s inaugural event met everyone’s expectations. She wants to see more people come out to help raise more funds for the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation.

“That’s our main goal for this,” she said. “This is one of our biggest fundraising events that we put on ourselves.”

The event brought in $20,000 during its 2013 run when approximately 200 people put on their shoes for the race to end domestic violence. Rosychuk said the 2014 numbers should be higher.

The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation was established two years ago after Jessica Martel, Rosychuk’s 26-year-old daughter, was killed in 2009. Martel was in the process of trying to leave an abusive relationship but there was no shelter for her. Her husband discovered her plan and murdered her before she could get away.

The foundation works to help other victims of domestic violence in Morinville, Sturgeon County and surrounding areas. Rosychuk said the original goal of establishing a women’s shelter is taking longer than expected because of fundraising. The foundation has since shifted its focus slightly in response to what its clients’ needs are.

“Their needs have been more towards getting them out and helping them get set up financially. A lot of them don’t want to go in to a safehouse right away, or feel that they don’t need to. There’s lots that do need to still.”

She added that there is enough demand in the community to fill such a facility immediately.

The run and walk kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 22. A free community pancake breakfast gets served at 9 a.m. The event will also feature draw prizes. Morinville Mayor Lisa Holmes and MLA Maureen Kubinec will speak to the crowd.

Participants can pick up their race kits on Friday from 4:00 to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 1:00 to 4 p.m. at the St. Albert location of The Running Room, 17 St. Anne St.

People can pre-register at or they can still register on site. It’s $15 for youths under 16 and $35 for adults.

Street hockey for Special Olympics

The Douglas Deacon Memorial Classic is set to get several dozen people out for a rousing day of street hockey on the weekend.

The event takes place at the Akinsdale Arena from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. There will also be an on site barbecue at this fun fundraiser event for the Special Olympics.

The 34-year-old man died three years ago.

Spokesperson Ashley Cloutier said Deacon’s brother has been working hard behind the scenes to get this event going.

“Dan has been working hard to host an event where all of his buddies – and all of Doug’s old buddies from Special O – come out and they’re going to play a big tournament of street hockey.”

Douglas Deacon was well-known and well-regarded in the local sports scene, playing a number of sports.

“Everything: basketball, floor hockey, bowling…” Cloutier said.

Donations are accepted on site with all proceeds going to St. Albert Special Olympics.

For more information, call Lucy at 780-909-1970.


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