Macklin completes her trek

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Julie Macklin is greeted by her mother as she concluded her walk in support of SACAC.

Palliser teacher Julie Macklin completed A Journey of Healing over the weekend but donations can still be made to provide services to abused children and their families.

Macklin made the 100-kilometer trek in support of the Southern Alberta Children Advocacy Center, a one-stop shop for victims of abuse and their families which brings together a range of human services including law enforcement and mental health.

Her walk from County Central School in Vulcan to Palliser Regional Schools’ Central Office in Lethbridge in late September of 2016 was cut short due to injury. She resumed the trip over the weekend by covering the remaining 50 kilometers from Barons to the SACAC office in Lethbridge Center in about 10 hours.

She was met by Pat Rivard, Palliser's Associate Superintendent of Education Services, for the last few blocks of the journey. Also joining them and presenting Macklin with a cheque from ATA Local 19 was fellow teacher Katherine Pritchard. Family and friends greeted her in front of the advocacy center.

Macklin has set up a Go Fund Me account, where donations can be made to SACAC, at

Macklin teaches art at several of Palliser’s Hutterite colony schools and she will create a piece of art, based on her experiences during the walk, for display at the SACAC office at a later date.