The Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Society

Box 3700 Mayerthorpe AB T0E 1N0    (780) 786-2033

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Successful Application for the CAMRIF Grant

March 2007

The Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Society was privileged to host the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification; and the Honourable Fred Lindsay, Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security with the Government of Alberta during the 2nd annual Memorial Hockey Game.  During the reception ceremony Minister Ambrose announced the Societies successful application of the CAMRIF Grant in the amount of $733,332.00

The grant was made possible through the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF) which is a partnership grant between the Federal Government, Provincial Government and Municipalities.  The eligible costs, under the CAMRIF grant criteria, totalled $1,099,008.00.  The Society raised over the one third requirement and the Federal and Provincial Government each granted $366,666.00.  President, Jurgen Preguschas could not be more thrilled. "Right now I am feeling very happy and proud," he said. "Sad emotions always come up with this but this is allowing us to complete a dream. On behalf the Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Society I’d like to thank all the individuals, community organization and businesses who contributed to this project."

The Fallen Four Memorial Society has worked tirelessly for almost two years to fundraise for the park that has a budget of over $1.5 million. Funds from the grant will be directed towards developing the Visitor Information Centre, site preparation and landscaping for the park. 

The balance of the Societies budget will be directed toward the creation and arrangement of the 4 bronze statues of the fallen officers.

"The Visitor Information Centre will be a place where people can pay tribute to police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, a place to remember the past and inspire hope for the future," said Minister Ambrose. "Canadian families are safe in their communities thanks to the courage and compassion police officers show everyday in the line of duty across the country. We salute them. This particular project was brought forward by the [Fallen Four Memorial] Society and Rob Merrifield the MP here but the Prime Minister has been keeping his eye on the project every step of the way," she said. "It was a personal priority for [Prime Minister Steven Harper]," she explained. "The tragedy two years ago made a real impact on him, I know it made a real impact on all Canadians."
She felt the way the Town of Mayerthorpe has pulled themselves together after the tragedy of March 3, 2005, is truly a reflection of the Canadian spirit.
"It’s very much Alberta’s spirit to respond to tragedy this way and see the town together. They just have so much to be proud of. They’ve captured here the heart of Alberta," she said. "They’ve captured the heart of what Canadians are so great at which is pulling together."
Nine pieces of legislation introduced into the House of Commons to help protect all Canadian Police Officers. One she is particularly proud of is a longer mandatory minimum sentence for gun offences.
"This kind of legislation helps protect and support police officers on the street. They do their job well catching bad guys and putting them away we need to do a better job to provide law that makes sure we keep them there."

Mayor Albert Schalm was on hand to make a speech about how the tragedy affected Mayerthorpe and how we, as a community, have been coping. "Tragedy can be overcome," he said. "It need not bring despair and grief. But with perseverance it can define who you are as a person and who you are as a community. I’ve said it one many occasions before and I'll gladly repeat myself by saying again how proud I am of the people of Mayerthorpe and our reaction to an event that not only touched us, but gripped the heart of the entire nation. Your reaction put us on the map and I believe because of your actions, people have chosen and will continue to choose to live here."