The Sgt. George Miok Collection
Honouring local fallen hero – Sgt. George Miok
From Sherwood Park, Alberta, Sgt Miok joined the military at the age of seventeen in 1998, following in his fathers footsteps. He served a tour in Bosnia in 2002, his first mission in Afghanistan in 2006, and in 2009 he departed for his second mission in Afghanistan. Between his missions, George earned a degree in secondary education. He spent his time at home teaching, and left an impact on every student he encountered.
Sgt. George Miok was killed by an improvised explosive device on December 30th, 2009, at 28 years old. George was filled with Canadian pride and his legacy lives on. To his core he believed that the greater good for all mankind is not a dream, but a goal we should all work towards.
The Fundraising Program
The Sgt. George Miok Collection is no ordinary JACEK Chocolate Collection. Our desire is to support our community as selflessly as George did, so 100% of proceeds are being gifted to the Sherwood Park community through ‘Sgt. George Miok Scholarships’.
The last scholarship was awarded to Hayden Carkner, who wrote a fantastic essay on the topic "What Does it Mean to be Canadian?" Here is an excerpt:
"Being Canadian is not defined by ethnicity, by lifestyle, or even by our shared reverence and fear of Canadian geese. Being Canadian is embracing our county and all who live in it – not simply tolerating our mosaic, but embracing its beauty and the responsibility of defending it."
Apple: For George's time as a teacher.
Maple: A proud Canadian, tried and true.
Chewy Caramel: Tough, like the soldier George was.
Old Style Pilsner: Proudly Albertan, George's beer of choice.
Dobostorta: Classic Hungarian caramel dessert in honour of George's heritage.
Neapolitan: George's favourite ice cream.
Please take time on Remembrance Day to think about the sacrifices that many brave men and women have made so that we may all enjoy the freedoms that we have. Every dollar raised from the Sgt. George Miok collection will be reinvested in the children of the community to ensure the sacrifice of a great man, who gave his life for the belief of those freedoms, shall never be forgotten.