The Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council (LSLIRC) health directors and staff, held their 9thAnnual “Youth Golf Tournament,” at Smoky River Regional Golf Course in McLennan, on August 9.
LSLIRC Health Director, Marcella Schnurr opened the event, welcoming participants and volunteers and handing out “Missing and Murdered Indigenous People” T-Shirts for everyone to wear to promote awareness of those who are missing or murdered and the affect that has on indigenous people.
“People need to be aware of those that are missing and have been murdered and the impacts this has on our people,” Schnurr said. “Education and awareness may save the life of one of our children that are here today.”
The youth that participated in the tournament ranged in age from 6 to 14 and all participants received backpacks, hats and rain gear. The kids were also given free Breakfast and a drink and at the end of the day, participants were also provided with a meal.
The day started out cold, but thankfully, it did not rain. With gloomy, overcast clouds throughout most of the day, the weather did eventually clear, which, as Marcella Schnurr said, “made the event one to remember with fun and memories to be made.”
The “Youth Golf Tournament,” did not run last year, which disappointed many of the youth who always look forward to the annual event.
To ensure the kids were not disappointed this year, Schnurr was mindful to start the process early, getting the details finalized well ahead of schedule.
Over fifty-five young people showed up to participate in the event and along with the much appreciated volunteers, the “Youth Golf Tournament,” group filled the Club House.
Even with the large numbers, Schnurr continued to accept more young people who wished to attend the day’s activities.
During the event, individual teams, divided by age groups, were taken for their yearly Golf Day and the day ended with putting contests and the trophy presentations for contest winners.
Apart from the trophy winners, every child who participated went home with a door prize.
“It was a great day to remember and the youth loved every minute of it,” says Schnurr.
Work on next year’s event is already in process with Schnurr busy doing the proposals and fund raising, to ensure that next year’s event is bigger and better.