Gala couldn’t come at a better time



Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Bring your photo ID, tax documents and 2016 notice of assessment.

Please note eligibility:

1 person: income of $35,000 and under

2 people: combined income of $45,000 and under

Returns cannot include expenses/income from:

  • Foreign income
  • Deceased persons
  • Farming/fishing income
  • Rental/business income
  • Capital gains/losses
  • Bankruptcy
  • Interest over $1,000
  • Self-employment income

Visit for more information.

The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is on the verge of acquiring some special technology that will revolutionize how fast it can get many of its patients back to the business of being themselves again.

It’s in line to buy a printer. The Squirt Shape 3D polypropylene printer creates sockets for prosthetic limbs at a speed that cuts days and days down to just a few hours.

“Traditionally, a patient is almost ready for discharge; they’re just waiting for their prosthesis to be fit. To manually do the process would take about two weeks for the socket. The new 3D printer can do it in under six hours,” said Heidi Fedoruk, local physiotherapist with Leading Edge. “The impact is amazing in terms of cost savings for the health care system and quality of life in getting these patients home faster.”

She noted that there are usually 80 to 90 people on the waiting list at any given time. The hospital wants to be the first in Canada to acquire the unit. It alone costs $90,000 but the facility needs to tack on another $30,000 in renovations for the space to be adapted for installation.

Fedoruk is also on the committee for the hospital’s Courage Gala coming up on Friday, April 13.

“I always say that the other hospitals – maybe not the best word – have sexy stories because they save the lives … but the Glenrose is really where the hard work gets done to get the person’s life back. That’s why I’m excited to be a part of it.”

She said that her experience in touring the facility when she was a teenager was a formative discovery toward her choosing a life in physiotherapy.

Last year, the event sold out with 850 guests. The formal gala features an exclusive chef-prepared meal, cocktails, entertainment and an evening of dancing at the Shaw Conference Centre. Tickets start at $350 each. Visit for more information.

Countdown to Campout

St. Albert’s firefighters are fighting neuromuscular disorders as best they can without doing the scientific research themselves. They’re in the middle of their extended campaign to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada by passing the boot around at Safeway, serving diners at East Side Mario’s, playing wheelchair basketball against schoolkids, and hosting an online auction.

The auction (found at continues until 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. New items will be added weekly.

Their goal this year is to raise $45,000.

That three-day campout runs from Sunday to Wednesday next week. People can check it out on top of Fire Station #2 at 100 Boudreau Road.

The best blizzard helps the community

The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation is getting some frosty, delicious support tomorrow from the Morinville Dairy Queen. It’s DQ Blizzard Day and local proceeds from sales of the tasty treats will go to help the charity as it works towards building Jessie’s Home, the town’s first women’s shelter.

Blizzard Day runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Morinville Dairy Queen is located at 8807 100 St. Learn more about the charity by visiting

Doing the books while surrounded by books

The Community Information and Volunteer Centre is offering free tax return help to qualifying low income residents at the St. Albert Public Library this weekend.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is for people who have simple tax returns and modest incomes. It works on a first come, first served basis and runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. If you can’t make it there, the CIVC will be hosting daily tax appointments as of tomorrow. You must make an appointment first by calling 780–459-6666 or sending an email to


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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.