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The 2004 Alberta Winter Games are coming to Falher and the north Peace region.
The announcement was revealed Jan. 3 by Dunvegan Constituency MLA Hector Goudreau following a debriefing at the Peace River town office shortly after noon. Also on hand was Alberta Minister of Community Development Gene Zwozdesky, Peace River MLA Gary Friedel and Orest Korbutt, Chair of the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation.
“The Alberta Winter Games serve as a tremendous opportunity for all of us to showcase this region off to the rest of the province,” said an excited Goudreau. “I certainly have all the confidence in the world in our ability to do a great job of hosting the games.”
Last week’s announcement will see a total of 11 participating municipalities form a partnership in hosting the prestigious venue with Peace River representing the primary hub of all the action.
Other community involvement will come from Falher, Grimshaw, Berwyn, Nampa and Fairview with additional support from the M.D’s of East Peace, Peace and Northern Lights as well as the Woodland Cree First nation and Duncan First Nation.
According to Goudreau, this is the first time he’s seen so many communities join together in an effort to positively influence the process of bringing the Alberta Winter Games to a specific region, adding the games will be a tremendous feather in the cap of the entire Peace region.
One of the most important aspects of hosting the games will be the significant economic spin-offs experienced by neighbouring communities in the region. And either way you look at it, Goudreau says it’s a win-win situation right across the board.
“One of the most important aspects in hosting the games is that they will bring between 2,500 and 3,000 athletes to the Peace region. And that doesn’t include coaches, other guests and families,” he explained.
Town of Peace River Mayor Lorne Mann said he was more than satisfied with the decision by the Foundation to select the town and region as the host site for the games.
“We’re just elated to see our first wish of 2002 come true,” he said last week.
The bid selection process which will see the games come to the North Peace Region was made by Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation Games Committee members following formal approval by the Foundation more than one month ago.
Goudreau says funding to help cover the costs of the Alberta Winter Games is being derived from Alberta Community Development, which is providing roughly $410,000 in grants.
Additional grant funding will also be available for any recreational facility improvements required by participating communities.

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