Long- time Grande Prairie residents, Clyde and Mary Blackburn, strongly believe in community and that making it stronger starts at home. Married for 38 years, the Blackburn's raised their three sons in the community.
Hannah Lee Andrea Ouellette was born March 12, 1997, to proud parents Tammy and Andre Ouellette, big brother Keifer, and big sister Madeline. As the baby of the family, Hannah liked the attention and got away with much more than Keifer and Madeline. Hannah was determined, demanding, and she always got the last word. She enjoyed teasing and was empathetic and compassionate.
Feeding those in need
When we hear the words poverty and hunger, many of us envision the same things, the man with tattered clothes and a worn blanket curled up on a street corner or a shoeless child, with a bloated belly, and hopeless eyes being encircled by flies in their tiny home.
“We were honouring his wishes, shortly before his passing, my father approached Cathy and I and said: “I feel I’ve got far more out of Grande Prairie than I have put into it. I want to ensure a portion of my estate is invested back into the community – you guys figure out how to do it” says son Bob Beattie.
team work . . . makes the dream work . . .
Now that we are coming down from the high of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the success of our Canadian athletes, we can only imagine the years of commitment and preparation they put into their passion for their sport. Their training doesn’t come for free, they will sacrifice much, as will their families for their dream to become an Olympian.