Through the Years: Winter triathlon, “Year of the Elderly,” etc.

Snippets from January 27 Lakeside Leaders


After seven years and “many broken promises,” Slave Lake was going to get a new hospital. The budget was $16.5 million for a 54-bed facility.

Leo Boisvert, the first mayor of Slave Lake, died. He was 69. He was born in Kinuso, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII, and moved from Kinuso to Slave Lake in the 1950s. He owned a grocery and a clothing store in Slave Lake. He was also a founder of Slave Lake Developments, along with other enterprises.

A winter triathlon was scheduled at Grizzly Ridge ski hill, with downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoing and biathlon.

There was a fundraising campaign to build a recreation site near the cemetery east of Slave Lake. The plan was to building a lookout, a playground and picnic area, and to add interpretive signs explaining such things as how Dog Island got its name.

The Slave Lake Lions Club had sponsored two exchange students from New Zealand. “My legs froze. It was kind of freaky,” said one of them.


After a heated debate, the Town of Slave Lake decided to make room in the budget to hire a 10th police officer. The detachment was the fifth busiest in the province, having in the past been the busiest. Without the new officer, the town was already spending 30 per cent of its budget on police costs.

1999 was the “Year of the Elderly” said a Slave Lake Pioneers update. The group was advocating for a long term care unit in Slave Lake.

Shelley Barton, from Slave Lake, was teaching and creating curriculum at a school in Pakistan. She was the only female teacher at the school. She went to develop a math curriculum, but was teaching everything.
from phys ed to social services.

E.G. Wahlstrom Elementary School had a computer lab. The only problem was it had 17 computers for 30 students, so it was looking for money for more, computers, not students. “The computers are a hodgepodge of ages and capabilities” so almost impossible to work with. The estimated price tag for 30 computers was $100,000.


Town of Slave Lake council was not happy with the ambulance service since it was taken over by the province a year earlier.

Slave Lake held a rally to raise funds to support Haiti earthquake victims. A former Slave Lake resident, sister Maureen Fuelkell, was a nun working in a Haitian orphanage. She’d been there for 45 years.

Fish and Wildlife, probation, children services, and forestry had moved into the new provincial building in Slave Lake. (A year later the building burned in the Slave Lake wildfire).

Slave Lake Curling was hosting the second annual Ice Fishing Derby. The Rotary Club of Slave Lake was organizing a Deal or No Deal game show event.

Slave Lake Adult Education Committee (SLAEC) was offering eight weeks of beginner Woodland Cree courses. “Learn a new language that is part of our heritage,” said the ad.

A new group was organizing the annual Slave Lake Anglers Cup. The 2010 walleye tournament was expected to have 150 boats and be the largest in Canada.

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