Vegreville Arena renamed Wally Fedun Arena

Author: Andrea Sarafinchan Posted on: Dec 06, 2019
Pictured L to R: Councilor David Berry, Councilor Ann Waters, Councilor Taneen Rudyk, Mayor Tim MacPhee, Councilor Marielle Brodziak and Councilor Jerrold Lemko
Pictured L to R: Councilor David Berry, Councilor Ann Waters, Councilor Taneen Rudyk, Mayor Tim MacPhee, Councilor Marielle Brodziak and Councilor Jerrold Lemko

Vegreville, AB – The family of the late Wally Fedun will be making a substantial donation over the next several years for the Town of Vegreville to make improvements to the Arena. To show the Town’s gratitude to the Fedun family, the Town has renamed the Vegreville Arena to the Wally Fedun Arena.

Wally’s son, Wayne, provided the Town with the following statement “On behalf of my sister Monica Thomas, our close family friend Jim Reid (founder of the Three Sisters Charitable Foundation) and our respective families, we are pleased to make a donation to the Town of Vegreville in honour of Wally Fedun, our Dad and dear friend, who passed away suddenly earlier this year.  The donation will be used by the Town over several years to assist in the funding of various improvements to Town recreational facilities.  This would have made Wally extremely happy, particularly in connection with the Vegreville arena.  Like so many families, the arena was our second home in the winter.  Wally was very involved in minor hockey for many years, as a coach, manager, league director, and President of the Vegreville Minor Hockey Association.  He was at every hockey game and figure skating practice, offering his quiet and unqualified support.

 While it has been many years since my sister and I left Vegreville to pursue our post-secondary education and careers in Edmonton and Calgary, we have always remained proud to have grown up in Vegreville.  We remember fondly those years and the strong sense of community and value highly the close friendships developed then that remain strong now.  And so, when we were thinking about some small way to thank our Dad for his love, friendship, guidance, humour and wisdom, a contribution to the Town of Vegreville in his memory became an obvious decision.

 We hope that the improvements our donation will help fund are enjoyed by all, and that in some small way our donation fosters the sense of community that makes Vegreville such a special place.”

 The Town is still working to finalize details regarding the improvements and will release additional information in the future.