St. Albert Summer Games Society

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St. Albert Summer Games Society

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St. Albert opened its doors to young athletes from across the province in 1979, when the city hosted the Alberta Summer Games on August 2-6. The Games featured "Festival '79", a cultural celebration designed to enhance the Games through the involvement of the cultural community. The Festival ran for 17 days, and included events such as a craft fair and sale, a fiddling competition, a backgammon tournament, plays, street dances, and a seniors' choir festival.


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The chairman was Richard Fowler, a former mayor of St. Albert and practicing lawyer. Vice-chairman was Lorne Wood, executive director of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association. Administrative services chair was Bill Gardiner, a vice-president of Standard General Construction. Sports Division chair was Jack Patterson, principal of Vital Grandin school. Food and Accommodation chair was June Givens, a St. Albert realtor. Culture and Special Events chair was Ken Graham, director of touring, performing arts Alberta Culture. Internal Transportation chair was Ed Savoie, a Bulk Oil dealership employee. Promotions chair was Jerry Manegre, supervisor of public relations for Northwestern Utilities. Bob Prather was the Protocol chair. Safety and Communication chair was Ed Lysyk, corporate security director for Wardair and former superintendent of the RCMP. Friends of the Games chair was Therien Bennett, manager of the St. Albert branch of BMO. Bernie March was the Managing Coordinator.

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