Memory of Corey Meloche kept alive as part of 4K walk

 

By Ron Giofu

The memory of Corey Meloche was kept alive Saturday evening thanks to a group of walkers who raised money in her honour.

The Corey Meloche Memorial Walk was held in memory of the 19-year-old who was killed in a snowmobiling accident Jan. 10, 2010. The event, which draws over 100 people annually, saw people walk a 4K route starting and finishing in Toddy Jones Park.

“It means a lot that people are still willing to come out each year and support the cause and show they remember Corey and want to be here,” said Corey’s mother Darlene.

Corey Meloche WalkA final fundraising total this year wasn’t available at press time, but last year’s walk allowed the Meloche family to fund four $300 bursaries in Corey’s memory to graduating students at General Amherst High School. A family that lost a loved one shortly before last year’s walk was also assisted.

“Whatever we raise goes back to the school again,” said Darlene. “It’s rewarding to know we are about to pay it forward to other students in our community.” The General Amherst Lady Gens girls hockey team attended again this year to help out with the post-walk barbecue.

“Corey started that team,” said her father Dan. “(Amherst coach) Dan (Pettypiece) really took to that. They didn’t have a lot of girls but they carried on. They still carry her number on their jerseys.”

“Dan’s been just awesome,” Darlene added of Pettypiece. “All I have to do is call him and he’s here. We’re very grateful to him and his team.”

Dan Meloche added the town and the residents have been “very supportive” of the event and that while they lost a daughter, they’ve gained a lot of family members due to the support they have received.

“Corey’s group of friends are like family,” he said.

Pettypiece said the team gets involved to remember Corey and to keep her contributions known to the younger members of the team. He said a number of players are graduating this year and was pleased a number of Grade 9 players turned out Saturday evening.

“It’s good because we want them to carry on Corey’s name,” said Pettypiece. “We don’t want Corey to be forgotten.” Pettypiece said he is unsure how long he will be coaching the girls’ team but planned on being involved somehow in the future. He hopes whoever does eventually take it over will continue honouring Corey’s memory.

“Hopefully when the old guard is gone, the new people will carry on this tradition,” he said. “The team is only here because of Corey and a few other girls bugging the principal, bugging some teachers and tracking down a coaching staff.” Despite many different events happening in the region on Saturday, Pettypiece added he was pleased with the number of people that attended. “It’s a very busy day and people are coming out. It’s great to see,” he said.

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