Letter: Help save the Wilgress Lake Family Day weekend fishing derby

We are currently looking for someone to save this great event, writes Jean Lloyd.

The Boundary Metis Community Association past president and member of the last five years, Greg Sterling is leaving our fair city soon, and will therefore leave his legacy of the three-day, Wilgress Lake “For the Love of Fishing” fish derby without a leader.

Greg and his wife Elaine, along with family members and BMCA members have built this event to be a fun outdoor family adventure featuring snow sculpting, snow shoe racing and, of course, fishing every Family Day weekend.

Greg made sure someone was out at the lake for the whole three-day event (usually himself, Elaine, and other family), and as a result many people in the derby were able to leave fishing gear at the lake for the duration of the derby.

Up with the birds, Greg was on the lake by 5 a.m., signing people in, collecting entry fees and selling raffle tickets as people came onto the lake each morning and throughout the day.

Throughout the last five years the funding received for these events has been used to help youth attend sports and cultural teachings as well as providing money for families in need.

The BMCA has no leader for this event, and we are currently looking for someone to save this great event. Interested parties need to make their interest known soon, as the jobs are many and the time is short. Will there be a Sixth Annual Wilgress Lake Fish Derby in 2017?

For more information, please contact Myrna Logan BMCA 250-442-5954.

– Jean Lloyd, BMCA, Grand Forks

 

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