A strong supporter of the Richer community has been rewarded for her efforts. 

Doreen Pchajak is the recent winner of the Chase the Ace, which is a fundraiser for community projects. 

By drawing the Ace of Spades, she walked away with the Jackpot of $10,959. 

Dan Guetre, President of the Richer Community Club, says Pchajak is a deserving winner. 

“She's the woman that runs our local bingo, the Memorial Fund bingo, and she's given out herself over $100,000 over the last decade and a half in bursaries to young students around the area. So, kind of nice seeing Doreen actually get something back from the community.” 

Guetre says the community is able to complete a number of big projects through fundraisers and by accessing grants. 

“We just finished recently replacing the rink boards, building a Zamboni building/ice maintenance building. That was a project of about $290,000. So, for capital projects, we have to repair the asphalt inside by the outdoor rink because the boards didn't quite line up with the asphalt there. So that'll be about 45,000 we're going to fundraise for.” 

He says they are also looking at possibly getting an outdoor movie set up with a digital player, park benches, bike racks and possibly expanding the skateboard park. 

Other big projects they are considering include covering the grandstands and constructing permanent washrooms. 

Guetre says they can dream big, knowing that there is local support for such projects and there are a variety of grants they can access, to help make these dreams come true. 

-With files from Carly Koop.