The second annual Victims Services’ Clays2Raise fundraiser raised around $8,300. There were 38 registered shooters, from youth to adults. Last year, the event raised $7,186.
Slave Lake Victims Services Program Manager Jacquie Labrie organized the event.
“We had regular gun club shooters and some new to the sport,” says Labrie. “There were shooters from Grande Prairie and Calgary participating.”
Of the three categories, the winning men were the closest with only eight points between first and third.
Scott Iverson won the men’s category hitting 93 of 100 targets. Gord Iverson placed second with 86. Lyle Bramley placed third with 85.
In the ladies category, Shelley Iverson won with 90. Candance Endersen (79) placed second and Samantha Dyck (42) placed third.
Autin MacLaughlin won the youth category with 61. Hunter Williams placed second with 57. With 51, Hudson Williams was third.
The competition was at the Slave Lake Gun Range in the trapshooting course, which has stations each with different configurations of clay pigeon targets.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘clay pigeons’ as “a saucer-shaped target usually made of baked clay or limestone and pitched and thrown from a trap in skeet and trapshooting.”
It defines trapshooting as “shooting at clay pigeons sprung from a trap into the air away from the shooter.”
Money raised goes toward training volunteer advocates and board members.
Labrie says, “we (Victim Services) had 264 files in 2019, however, they are often multiple people associated with one file.”
COVID-19 caused some changes to Victims Services.
Labrie says, “in April and May our referrals were about a third of our normal volume, otherwise volume has been normal. Because we cannot social distance in our office we have been doing non client related work from home.
“One of us is in the office at a time and we are assisting more over the phone, when it is appropriate. Slave Lake Court has been closed (meeting in High Prairie) therefore we have not been attending, however, we continue to provide court preparation and orientation and have had High Prairie Victim Services assist our clients in court, as needed.”