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Changes ahead for Boyle Santas Anonymous

Group has big plans for the upcoming year, but needs to find a new home
BOYLE – The new executive of the Boyle Santas Anonymous is busy planning fundraising events and dealing with an announcement from the village council that the building they are in is going up for sale. 

About nine people attended the Jan. 16 meeting that had Brendan Peters step in a secretary and Alicia Derrah elected as vice-president. Denise Lang-Wells retained her position as president and treasurer Mindy Johnson held onto her role. 

Lang-Wells is looking forward to the coming year and the opportunities it will bring. 

“We are going to have a couple of hotdog sale barbecues; one at Buy-Low Foods in Boyle and one at Co-op in Boyle,” she said. “And we are going to have our carnival again this year which is really exciting because we have even bigger more exciting carnival plans.” 

They will again host the skate with Santa Claus and are hoping the market will invite Denise Lang-Wells Photography back to do the photos with Santa so 50 per cent of the proceeds can be donated back to Santas Anonymous. 

The Village of Boyle has announced that it will be selling the current home of Santas Anonymous, the old Seniors Drop-in Centre. 

“(The) building that we use may be made unavailable to Santas Anonymous so we could be moving to a new location if we can find a place to move to,” Lang-Wells stated. “That's something that was the big topic was that we're looking to move into a different location.” 

The non-profit doesn’t need a lot of room until December when they will require space to collect items and fill baskets. 

Derrah, who is also a photographer, was involved with the group previously but is looking forward to her new role. 

“I was involved last year, and I was probably one of the main volunteers and the year before that I was involved as the secretary actually,” she explained. 

The executive will hit the ground running this year Lang-Wells added now that she has some experience under her belt. 

“Last year was a little bit of a planning crunch because it was my first year as president,” she said. “And now I know a little bit better and I know that planning goes a long way.” 

If you have a home for Santas Anonymous Lang-Wells and Derrah would like to speak to you. 

Heather Stocking

About the Author: Heather Stocking

Heather Stocking a reporter at the Athabasca Advocate, a weekly paper in Northern Alberta. Heather covers all aspects of the news in and around Athabasca and Boyle as well as other small communities.
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