Constable Jean-Michel Fortin

Constable Jean-Michel Fortin. Photo submitted Fresh from training, Vermilion welcomed a new RCMP Member, Constable Jean-Michel Fortin in April. Many of Fortin’s family members were serving in Military positions when Fortin pursued a career in business. However, once Fortin started a family, he decided to alter his career path. “I supposed chasing dollars wasn’t enough anymore, so I had to find my niche,” Fortin explained, “I was definitely a black sheep for a little while,” he added with a chuckle. Vermilion is a common first posting for RCMP officers, as Lakeland communities allow new officers to experience specialized units and policing in different population densities. Lakeland communiti

The Alan Jackson Experience

Aaron Halliday performing at the Legion. Photo Elaina John On August 20, The Alan Jackson Experience returned to Vermilion. Tribute performer Aaron Halliday entertained Vermilion locals at the Legion, performing classics from the famous Country artist, and introduced his own original songs throughout the night. The Legion was one of Halliday’s first shows after COVID-19 wiped out his busy tour schedule for this year; apparently the busiest year of his career as an entertainer. His schedule included a visit at the Legion in April, which was postponed to the August 20th. Thankfully, many of Halliday’s planned venues have scheduled for next year, but Halliday was more than happy to be back on s

Blanket Exercise

Blanket Exercise participants listening as participant Brad Gallamore reads a “scroll”, as part of the exercise. Photo Elaina John The organizations Vermilion Unites For Equality and They Build Bridges banded together on August 22 to host a blanket exercise. Blanket Exercise facilitators and organizers of They Build Bridges, Kevin John and Debbie Semeniuk, have done numerous blanket exercises, but this is the first one they’ve put on in affiliation with Vermilion Unites For Equality. A Blanket Exercise is an immersive educational experience in which participants represent Indigenous peoples and facilitators narrate the history of oppression inflicted on Indigenous people during the colonizat

Vermilion Agricultural Society Opens Online Market

Click and Collect logo. Photo submitted The Vermilion Ag Society has been looking for alternative ways to support the community this year. “There have been conversations many times about ways the Ag Society can support the community while promoting our agricultural roots,” explained Ag Society Office Manager Nicole Templeton. After many deliberations, the decision was made to pursue the idea of an online market for local vendors. Thus, the Cultivate Vermilion Click and Collect Market was born. The online market allows vendors to promote and sell products on the Cultivate Vermilion website and items purchased from the site are available for curbside pickup at the Ag Grounds. “The market will

Bursary Awarded To U of A Student And Marwayne Local

Evan Whitfield. Photo submitted Marwayne local Evan Whitfield was awarded a bursary from the Vermilion and Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee. The committee is enthusiastic, as this is the first bursary it has awarded. “We started to look at ways of encouraging local med students,” Mayor Caroline McAuley explained. It’s a $20,000 bursary with an additional $5,000 awarded annually throughout Whitfield’s schooling. Whitfield is going into his second year of the University of Alberta’s M.D. and Faculty of Medicine on August 25th. He will be taking an extra year in the Enhanced Skills program with a focus on surgery or anesthesiology, and he has had the opportunity to job shadow

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