GRANDE PRAIRIE – Crime News – This past August marked the 40th anniversary of the Annual Archie Harvey Memorial Golf Tournament. This year a total of 119 golfers participated in this fund raising event.
The proceeds from the tournament support two bursaries for post-secondary education at the Grande Prairie Regional College and other community agencies. Earlier today, the Detachment Commander of the Grande Prairie RCMP, Supt Ray Noble presented donations to representatives of Kidsport (Beth Goldie & Kevin Mack), Grande Prairie Regional College (Joanne Ballance), Ronald McDonald House (Dale Bond) and the Slain Officer’s Fund (S/Sgt. Mike Harvey).
Of special note, Joanne Balance of the GPRC brought a cheque with a grand total of $13,370 which is the total amount of money that has been raised from the Archie Harvey Tournament and donated to the GPRC since 2007 to be awarded to students as bursaries.
The Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment would again like to thank all those who golfed in this year’s tournament, along with those who help organize and support it to make these donations possible.
Background: Cpl. Donald (Archie) Harvey was a member of the Grande Prairie RCMP who was killed in the line of duty on June 23 1967. He was struck in the chest by a single round fired from a .22-caliber rifle while investigating a homicide. At the time, he had served 16 years with the RCMP in eight different detachments in Alberta. A plaque in his honour was raised at Depot Division in Regina, as well as at K Division Headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta.
An annual golf tournament is held in his memory. This tournament is one of the largest running tournaments held in Grande Prairie and funds raised go to the Archie Harvey Memorial Bursary at the Grande Prairie Regional College, as well as other charities and agencies in the community. The bursary is distributed on the basis of “need and scholastic ability” and is given to those who might not otherwise be able to continue in their post-secondary education.