It was fitting that a memorial event in honour of Albert Dyks should be a fundraiser to support RING, the organisation involved in bringing refugees to North Grenville. Albert, who died in 2014, could always be relied on to step up to help those in need. As an immigrant from Holland, he also understood what a gift it is to be able to come to this country and make a life here.

Always smiling and a good word to say, his loss was a huge blow to our community.

Last Saturday’s annual Albert Dyks Memorial Chicken BBQ was a total success thanks to Hans Snippe and his crew of volunteers. The chicken, with coleslaw, potato salad, beans, and dessert, was well worth the money spent. A huge thank you to all who attended, the volunteers and Alberts Meat Shop.

Albert Dyks’ children and grandchildren were there, as part of the volunteer group. The Christian Reformed Church hall was filled with good vibes, people visiting with each other, and so much laughter. They raised almost $3,000 dollars for the RING project, and a new family will soon be arriving to North Grenville. In a message sent by them, they said they were excited to be establishing a new home here in North Grenville, and to settling in and meeting new friends. They ask for prayers for their safe travel here.

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