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Walk held to bring awareness to the importance of choice

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An organized group of more than 100 people staged a Freedom of Choice Walk on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 1), protesting government regulations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The group met at the
Extra Foods parking lot in Swan River and walked down Main Street up to Fifth Avenue, and then back
again. 
“The walk was for everyone and anyone standing up for our freedoms,” said Deanna Andres, who helped
organize the rally. “We had masked and unmasked, vaxxed and unvaxxed, all walks of life, young and old.
“We had a great turnout considering the weather wasn’t in our favour. Those who couldn’t walk supported
us by driving by and honking. I am really proud of the people of the Valley who showed up and set their differences aside to stand up for something worth while, our freedoms.” 
According to Andres, the main purpose of the walk was to: 
• Raise awareness for our community
• Bringing like minded people together
• Be a voice for all people during this time that our rights are being violated.
“Anyone who believes their freedoms are important can feel free to join us on our next walk,” Andres added, noting that it is scheduled to take place on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., rain or shine.

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Jeremy Bergen
REPORTER
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