On Friday, January 11, a momentous event happened in the Drumheller valley. As our province and Red Deer are preparing to host the nation with the Canada Winter Games starting February 15, the torch relay is visiting 48 communities before the games.
Drumheller was fortunate to be one of the 48 communities. The torch relay event was held at the Badlands Community Facility. Member of Parliament for Battle River-Crowfoot, Kevin Sorensen had the honour of bringing the torch into the facility. Sorensen is proud that Red Deer, central Alberta, and Alberta for that matter were selected for the games. "We commend those volunteers, and those who put the bid together, that obviously was a bid that the coordinators saw that Red Deer was a prime location for this. Alberta needs something right now. This will be a good event for east-central Alberta, for Alberta, and for all of Canada."
Drumheller Mayor, Heather Colberg understands the impact of having the torch come through our community. "It's such an honor that they (the Canada Winter Games) gave us the opportunity and I never believed holding that torch, the feeling and the overwhelming feeling of being a Canadian."
Leeann Waynes, Director of Marketing and Revenue from the Canada Winter Games commented, "it's one of those that we just knew that there would be a lot of excitement and people would have a lot of engagement and interest in being a part of this."
The torch was at the Badlands Community Facility until 6:30 pm and then was taken to the Drumheller Dragons game for the opening ceremonies for the hockey game. The mascot for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Waskasoo, dropped the puck with Duane Bolin from the Drumheller Fire Department. The torch continued its tour in Medicine Hat on Saturday and will continue around western Canada until the opening ceremonies at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer on February 15. Tickets are available to be a spectator as the games go from February 15 through March 3.