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WCPS’ Board of Trustees honours Rimbey students for skating rink project

The very essence of dedication is a combination of devotion and time. Some things don’t happen overnight and the commitment to see them through can be rare. But for a trio of Rimbey students, their perseverance to see a new outdoor skating rink for Rimbey never wavered. 

Reed Tousaint, Tavish Beagle, and Dutch Felt were honoured in February by Wolf Creek Public Schools’ Board of Trustees for their efforts to bring a new outdoor rink to their community. It’s a honour a long time in the making, as the boys, now in Grade 11, started the project in Grade 6. 

Inspired by their love for hockey and a desire to teach other kids how to skate, Reed, Tavish and Dutch set out to replace the previous outdated outdoor rink. With the support of Rimbey Elementary Schools’ Mrs. Coston and Mrs. Bramfield, and guided by Mr. Shukin from the High School providing financial advice, the trio embarked on a mission that would not only challenge them but also bring their community closer together.

The project received overwhelming support from various sectors of the community, including significant contributions from the Lions Club, Rimbey Minor Hockey, and the generous backing of local businesses and organizations like the Co-op Community Spaces program and the County of Ponoka. Through various fundraising efforts such as 50/50 draws, pancake breakfasts, and hot chocolate sales at school events, the group raised substantial funds, eventually garnering more than $200,000 for the project. This allowed them to expand their vision beyond a simple ice rink to include a concrete base, sturdy boards, and a steel structure that could accommodate multiple sports across different seasons.

“I am so proud of the boys - they never gave up and now the community has a first class facility.  I hear the sound of pucks being shot and see the lighted area of the rink in the evenings.  There is a sense of pride in the community, thanks to their commitment to this project,” said Trudy Bratland, trustee for RImbey and area. 

The three students were given certificates of achievement by the Board and Reed presented to the Board about the entire journey of the project from concept to completion. The Board's recognition of Reed, Tavish, and Dutch underscores the immense pride and gratitude of the Wolf Creek Board and how the community feels towards the three students. 

“Often projects such as this can fizzle when the costs start to climb. They didn’t let that happen. They found community, parent, government and broad support to see this project through and it’s now a tremendous success and benefit to the community and to Rimbey Elementary School,” said Tim De Ruyck, WCPS Superintendent.

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