Good chance to help out Wounded Warriors Weekend June 2

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

If you’re interested in helping out the Wounded Warriors Weekend project, mark June 2 on your calendar. That’s the date of a fundraiser for the Aug. long weekend event, which will see military veterans congregating in Slave Lake for some fun activities.

Many will remember the first Wounded Warriors Weekend, held on the August long weekend in 2014. Similar events have been held in Nipawin Saskatchewan and Lloydminster. This time around it’ll be smaller numbers and smaller scale, but the idea is the same.

“Activities will be similar to 2014,” says Rhonda Willis, one of the organizers. “Fishing, golfing, quad rides. The best outdoor activities Slave Lake has to offer.”

As noted in an earlier article, Wounded Warriors Weekend was created by Blake Emmons in Nipawin several years ago, as a way of reaching out and trying to help wounded war veterans – wounded in more ways than just physical. Since then, it’s grown to include first responders. By all accounts it has been quite helpful to some of these folks.

Of course it takes money and volunteers to pull off a weekend of activities.

“We have a good start on our volunteer recruiting and a bit of funds,” says Willis. “But we’ve got a way to go on both.”

So what’s happening on June 2? An event at the Royal Canadian Legion in downtown Slave Lake, with open mic, silent auction, live music, food and door prizes It starts at 2:00 p.m. and runs through to midnight.

Check the Wounded Warriors Weekend Facebook page for updates, Willis says. Organizers can be contacted by email at

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