Roughly 100 attend fifth annual Corey Meloche Memorial Walk

 

Roughly 100 people participated in the fifth annual Corey Meloche Memorial Walk last Saturday evening. Once again this year, participants included several member of the General Amherst girls hockey team, a program Meloche was one of the founders of.

Roughly 100 people participated in the fifth annual Corey Meloche Memorial Walk last Saturday evening. Once again this year, participants included several member of the General Amherst girls hockey team, a program Meloche was one of the founders of.

Walkers are led down Dalhousie St. on their way back to Toddy Jones Park May 31.

Walkers are led down Dalhousie St. on their way back to Toddy Jones Park May 31.

By Ron Giofu

 

It turned out to be a good evening for a walk and that is what roughly 100 people did en masse last Saturday night.

Those 100 or so people did so in the name of a friend, family member and community citizen Corey Meloche.

Corey Meloche, who was killed in a snowmobiling crash in 2010, was the subject of the fifth annual walk, which raises anywhere from $1,000 to $1,600 each year. Proceeds go back into General Amherst High School for its bursary program. Last year, four students split $1,600 with criteria including one girls hockey player heading into university, one student going into a post-secondary early childhood education (ECE) program and two other students the school felt were most deserving.

Corey was pursuing a career in ECE at the time of her death and was also a founder of the girls hockey program at General Amherst.

Darlene Meloche, Corey’s mother, was happy with the warm, clear evening as well as the fact so many people took advantage of it by coming out to the walk.

“It makes me feel good we’re keeping it going,” said Darlene, whose husband Dan and daughters Sydney and Haylee were also part of the event as was Corey’s son Ben. “Corey would have been pleased.”

The walk was co-founded by Scott McRorie and Michelle Pouget-Peters and Darlene said they were also part of this year’s event. The walk also featured a barbecue at the end of it again this year, which once again was put on by the General Amherst girls hockey team.

McRorie said the event has evolved into an evening event as to avoid the hottest temperatures of the day. He also noted the event was changed to include the barbecue as well.

Dan Pettypiece, who coached the Lady Gens hockey program before stepping down at the end of last season, said it was hard to believe the event was in its fifth year.

“It seems like every year except for the first year we’ve had great weather,” said Pettypiece. “It’s great to help out.”

Pettypiece said not only was it important for the team to give back, he believed he owed it to Corey personally to keep active and maintain the event. Despite leaving the program as a coach, Pettypiece said he will keep doing events such as the Corey Meloche Memorial Walk as long as the family wants him to.

“Without her, a lot of great memories and opportunities I had to be part of this team wouldn’t have happened,” he said.

Educating the current and future players about who Corey was remains important, Pettypiece added. Her number 11 has been permanently retired by the club and is included as a patch on their jerseys.

“She’s close to our hearts all the time,” said Pettypiece.

Pettypiece added he will remain as a “booster” to the program though no longer going behind the bench and praised current head coach Scott Hamelin for the job he is doing. Pettypiece said he will miss working with the girls but was pleased to be part of the success the program had last season, which included a trip to the WECSSAA finals.

“I’ll always be looking for players to play for Amherst,” he said.

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