Retired hockey legend Theoren Fleury will be returning to the southeast next weekend to speak at an event being hosted by the Long Creek Agricultural Environmental Group Program (AEGP) on November 26th.

The event will be held at the Oungre Memorial Regional Park hall and will feature a roast beef dinner being catered by Western Prime Meats. 

According to one of the organizers, Pauline Ziehl Grimsrud, they have been trying for a few years to get Fleury to Oungre for just such an event, however, COVID restrictions made that impossible until now..

The AEGP board is made up of local farmers, and it has been around for nearly 20 years encompassing the southeast area.

Ziehl Grimsrud said mental health will be a big focus of the event. 

Fleury, who is well-known in the mental health circuits, discusses his past experiences as a survivor of childhood sexual assault and how it affected his mental health.

"It's about rural mental health services, and helping people have a conversation about mental health, and we want people to know it's okay to talk about it," Ziehl Grimsrud said.

"We're really happy that Theo is coming down, and that he's going to be telling his story, and I hope it's a really good evening."

She said the doors open at 4:00 p.m., and the event will start at 5:00 p.m. beginning with a volunteer first responder sharing on their experiences. Supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. and then Fleury will take to the stage at 7:00 p.m.

While the event isn't a fundraiser, any excess funds will go toward local mental health initiatives. For tickets call Merv at 306-861-7214 or call Pauline at 306-421-9380.