Important speaker coming to Ponoka

Keeping Ponoka vibrant and growing is important for the town as well as the province of Alberta but it can be difficult to know exactly which goals to strive for as a community

  • Sep. 24, 2008 5:00 p.m.

Keeping Ponoka vibrant and growing is important for the town as well as the province of Alberta but it can be difficult to know exactly which goals to strive for as a community. On Sept. 30 the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special event, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community’ featuring MLA Doug Griffiths.

Marion Raugust, president of the Chamber, heard Griffiths speak in the past and is looking forward to his speech to Ponoka.

“He is very good and humourous,” said Raugust. “It was very worthwhile and I think it would be a benefit to our town to hear him speak.”

Griffiths was elected as MLA for the constituency of Wainwright at the age of 29 in 2002 and re-elected to the legislature for a second term for the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright in 2004. Griffiths is involved in many aspects of the province and serves on numerous committees including the Alberta Grain Commission, Private Members Business House Strategy Committee, the Learning Alberta Steering Committee, the Health Quality council and the MLA Committee on Strengthening Alberta’s Role in Confederation. He also is a member on the Council of State Governments West: Trade and Transportation, the Cabinet Policy Committee: Resources and Environment, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and many more.

Griffiths has a honors degree in Philosophy and a degree in education from the University of Alberta and received many awards for teaching, prior to becoming an MLA.

Raugust encourages everyone to attend and listen to his message to the town.

“It helps bring the community together to focus on the things that are happening in our community,” she said. “He is definitely working for rural Alberta and a motivating speech like his helps everyone to think outside of the box.”

Griffiths’ 13 Ways to Kill Your Community will be held at the Kinsmen Recreation Centre on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. For more information contact the Chamber at 403-783-3888 or for more information on Griffiths visit

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