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Red Deer woman living life ‘full speed ahead’ Despite illness, Deborah Campbell is committed to an active lifestyle BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express


City woman’s determination to push back against a serious disease to enjoy a full, active lifestyle is nothing short of inspiring. Deborah Campbell, 46, was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) eight years back, and she recalls the symptoms coming on quite quickly. “About nine years ago, I went to see the doctor because my hands were sore,” she explains. In a matter of just weeks, she couldn’t walk. “It was quite debilitating – really quickly. And I didn’t even really know what was going on,” she said, adding that doctors sent her on to a rheumatologist. “I was quite fortunate that my care was quite quick.” The diagnosis followed, and so did the severe, stabbing chronic pains that jolted her virtually every time she moved. “It affects your back and your neck, and things deteriorate.” Sleeping can also be a struggle. Campbell recalls waking up every few hours and trying to get comfortable. “It would take half an hour or so just to get out of bed.” Described as a debilitating autoimmune disease that causes extreme spinal pain and stiffness, AS can mean running or going to the gym takes on a whole new meaning when you factor chronic pain into the equation. AS triggers an individual’s immune system to attack joints in their spine resulting in extreme stiffness and pain. In some cases, the spine actually fuses together. Approximately 150,000 to 300,000 Canadians have AS and the majority of cases are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. “Ankylosing Spondylitis is not really that well known,” she said. “We take the same medications as cancer patients do – our medications are chemotherapy-based,” she said, adding that one of the biggest challenges post-diagnosis is finding the right medications. “So when they approached me about talking about this, I said yes because there are so many of us and there isn’t a network (in

place). So let’s try and make a difference.” But in chatting with Campbell, it’s easy to see that she’s not only a strong person, but also has an irrepressibly optimistic outlook as well. “You just take it and deal with it – that’s kind of who I am. “In my head, I said I’m not going to settle for this. And that’s the key – 90 per cent of this comes from (your perspective) – how you are going to deal with it?” Not that it isn’t awfully painful – and consistently so. But as Campbell points out, she chooses to not dwell on it. And she has opted to be as active as possible, and found that the positivity that comes along with that goes a long way in impacting how she feels from day to day. During one low point when she was confined to a wheelchair for a time, she decided to try out her treadmill. “My husband carried me downstairs and put me on the treadmill and I just started to walk. There was a lot of crying and a lot of yelling – but it was good,” she recalls. “That was good, but then I thought I need to run.” Over time, under the care of doctors, she did begin a running regime and eventually launched a Learn to Run program at Wild Mountain, a business she comanages in Bower Mall. “I wanted to run again, and I wanted to feel that the disease hadn’t taken over.” Within a matter of weeks, she entered her first half-marathon. “It was really, really emotional for me.” With AS, it’s not an easy thing to just embark on any kind of exercise program. “The first thing you want to do is stop, because everything hurts. But you have to keep moving.” Still, she does point out that running isn’t necessarily suitable for every person with AS. But movement of any kind is helpful, because, “As soon as you stop, the disease tends to take over. “It’s so easy to stay home because you feel awful. And you just don’t feel like going out. It took my husband to help me get dressed in the morning. To help me do my hair. But it’s such a great mental release if you can

FOCUS - Deborah Campbell takes part in 2012’s Rundle’s Revenge at Canmore. A diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis hasn’t kept her from taking part in the active lifestyle that she loves. get out and do something – it’s an outlet,” she explains. Earlier this month, people across the globe marked World AS Day on May 3rd, and Campbell has been busy raising awareness of the disease and encouraging others suffering from chronic illnesses to stay as active as possible. Meanwhile, her commitment to fitness is inspirational and she can offer useful tips for mak-

ing fitness a fundamental coping strategy. That’s where her running class comes in, for example. She really wants folks to see that unexpected circumstances in terms of a person’s health don’t always have to place such strict or severe limitations on them. There is always room to dream and expand one’s horizons. These days, she is indeed looking straight ahead – and she has no time for anyone’s expressions

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of sympathy. “I don’t want that from anybody at anytime. “It’s about keeping a brighter outlook – don’t settle for anything less.” She’s focused and determined to make the very most of every single day, and that also means surrounding herself with positive people. “I decided a long time ago that I was going to define this.”


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CITY COUNCIL BRIEFS RENAMING OF MEMORIAL CENTRE Consultation is needed before City council will proceed on a request by Central Alberta Theatre (CAT) to rename the Memorial Centre. The theatre group has put forward a request to rename the facility the ‘Memorial Arts Centre’. City council voted unanimously in favour of moving forward with targeted consultation with the veteran community in Red Deer. However, staff from the City’s culture services expressed concern about the renaming of the facility. The Heritage Preservation Committee also reviewed the request as the building is designated ‘historically significant’ within the Land Use Bylaw. The Committee has indicated that they do not support the naming request. In his request to the City, Daniel Tyrrell, operations and facilities manager of the Memorial Centre/Central Alberta Theatre, said he has received positive feedback from the people he has discussed the proposed change to. “We believe that this addition to the exterior structure will only further reinforce that Red Deer is home to a vibrant arts culture,” his letter to council read. “Currently this facility holds more diverse arts programming than any other centre in Red Deer. “As I speak to our ever growing population of 30-40 year olds, I have found that they do not know what the ‘Memorial Centre’ is. Is it a museum? Is it a hockey rink?” In his letter to the City he added officials with the Memorial Centre are currently developing a media campaign and a web site that will further enhance the profile of the

City and the ‘Memorial Arts Centre’ as a cultural arts icon. Culture services is set to undertake consultation with veteran groups in Red Deer. The request will be brought back to council in about eight weeks time for reconsideration.

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URBAN CHICKEN REPORT TABLED Red Deer City council voted in favour of tabling a report regarding the Urban Chicken Pilot project. This will allow for additional time for administration to prepare the final

report and to provide options to council in terms of future direction. The item will be tabled for up to four weeks. Councillor Tanya Handley voted against the tabling motion.

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RCMP warn about noise pollution in residential areas As the warm weather arrives, so does the season of noise pollution. Open residential windows may let in the fresh air, but they also let noise flow freely in and out of a residence as well. Every week of the summer, the RCMP receive hundreds of complaints regarding noise from vehicles and house parties. “The RCMP understand that some level of noise is part of the urban environment but, now that spring is here and people are opening their home and vehicle windows, we want to remind people to be sensitive to the impact their behaviours are having on others,” said Cpl. Leanne Molzahn of the Red Deer RCMP. For vehicles, the most common noise complaints that the City RCMP receive include revving at intersections and accelerating too quickly, which create excessive vehicle noise. Other common complaints include vehicles with exces-

sively loud stereos or with modified exhaust systems that can be heard for blocks. The Alberta Traffic Safety Act (Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation, Section 87) prohibits driving a motor vehicle in a residential area in an unduly disturbing manner between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., which carries a fine of $115. Noise complaints also abound in the summer months regarding loud music and conversation and other noise at house parties. RCMP ticket these complaints through the City of Red Deer Community Standards Bylaw, Part 1 (Noise), which states that no person shall cause or permit any noise that annoys or disturbs the peace of any other person, or allow property that they own or control to be used so that noise from the property annoys or disturbs the peace of

any other person. Fines for a first offence are $250; that amount doubles for a second offense and triples for the third and subsequent offences. Habitual offenders may also be charged with mischief under the Criminal Code. Noise complaints should be reported to the RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575. Citizens are reminded that it is not appropriate to call 911 for noise complaints. Dialling 911 is for emergency situations only, said Molzahn. Residents are asked to please note that RCMP requires a license plate number in order to follow up with vehicular noise complaints. - Fawcett

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OPINION Showing support The annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, hosted by the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach, took place last week and what a sight it was to see. Hundreds of men came out sporting their red high heels and walked a mile in support of ending domestic violence against women. Many of the participants really got into the spirit by dressing up in flashy outfits. Some showed their support by wearing wigs, dresses and even fishnet stockings. Central Albertans have always been known to be generous in spirit and this event, which raised more than $38,000 this year, was no exception. That is an incredible number especially since this is only the third year this particular event has been held in Red Deer and according to organizers, it was the most successful in terms of money raised so far. Already, plans are in the works for next year’s event in which organizers hope even more participants will come out and ultimately more money will be raised. Meanwhile, participants in this year’s event came from all walks of life including members of the City’s RCMP, to radio personalities, businessmen and even former Mayor Morris Flewwelling, among many others. Everyone managed to finish the walk (a one mile stretch down Taylor

Dr.) – with only a couple participants taking minor spills and some even sprinted the entire length – it was incredible to watch as even women would have had a hard time running the course. Undoubtedly there were some sore feet, knees, ankles and hips the next day, but it’s a small price to pay for such a worthy campaign. According to the event’s web site, Frank Baird created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in 2001. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a worldwide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centres, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs. Here in Red Deer, the money raised will go towards supporting 16 different programs within Central Alberta Women’s Outreach – a worthy cause no doubt. All in all, it is fantastic to see hundreds of men supporting such an important initiative – to end domestic violence against women. Central Albertans have always been the type to get behind good causes and we are very fortunate to live in a community that is so generous and quick to step up to the plate.

Change is hard, except when there is no other choice It all started when my vision began to get a touch blurry back in early March. It was unusual, as I had just gotten a new glasses prescription one year earlier and often went for years without having to change it.


WEBER Then I started getting thirsty. I would crave a tall glass of cold, cold water before going to bed. I’d wake up in the night with my mouth so dry, I could hardly swallow. I also dropped 15 lbs without a whole lot of effort – very, very unusu-

al for me as a person who has fought the ‘battle of the bulge’ for many years and rarely been on the winning side. So when I went to the eye doctor he suggested it was likely a glucose issue, and suggested I see my physician right away. I had had a physical about six weeks earlier, and there had been no sign of diabetes, but things were certainly looking that way. Sure enough, a blood test the next day confirmed it. I noticed a message on my phone about four hours after the test saying I was to go to the hospital as soon as possible as my blood sugar was extremely high. So off to emergency I went, waiting a few hours, and ultimately spent the night in that department. No question, it was diabetes, although there was

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some question over the next couple of days if it was something called latent autoimmune diabetes – kind of in the middle of Type 1 and Type 2. Doctors later confirmed it was Type 2. I was put on medication to pull down the blood sugar levels, which took a few days to kick in fully. Sugars should normally be between 4 and 7 before a meal, perhaps slightly higher after eating, I was told. Mine had soared to 32 at my blood test the week before. It was a strange few days – my eyes were still acting up. Apparently, high blood sugars can do crazy things to your vision. In the longterm, untreated or uncontrolled blood sugars can seriously damage a person’s vision. In my case, there has been no damage done

thankfully, but my vision was temporarily altered. It was pretty scary when even with glasses on, I couldn’t read notices hanging on the hospital wall unless I was up close. To be honest, I wasn’t totally surprised at the diagnosis. I hadn’t been diligent when it comes to caring for myself in terms of diet and getting enough exercise. I was very disappointed in myself for several days – as we all know, Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common in a society where people are getting heavier and less active. It was also discouraging to think that I wasn’t in the hospital to recover from something, go home and move on as usual. I was returning home with a ‘condition’ that would be with me for the rest of my life. Yes it could

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be controlled, but it wasn’t going to vanish. And it could have extremely serious complications should I tend to grow careless over time with how I managed it. Thankfully, I had plenty of information given to me over those early days – lots of teaching and instructing on how to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, how to gauge sugars, what to watch for – you name it. I can’t say enough about the help and support that is available to anyone with diabetes in this province, it’s really quite amazing. But it’s also a bit overwhelming at first, particularly when you consider the negative outcomes that can surface – again, if you don’t take particular care of your health. Complications in ‘non-compliant diabetics’ can run the gam-

ut from nerve damage to heart disease to kidney issues – obviously not minor, simple issues. I’ve gotten over my disappointment with myself and chosen to simply look ahead and try to live a healthier life. Type 2 diabetes has a way of spurring you on to do that. And I think that for that, I can be thankful. Without the diagnosis, I likely would have just kept on my merry – but clearly naïve and careless way – eating what and when I wanted, struggling continually with increasing weight, and seeing the effects of all of that take their toll over the coming years. Now, it’s serious – I simply have to take care of myself. Period. There is a silver lining to all of this after all.


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Police and Crisis Team making a difference in City BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A unique team within the RCMP is helping to make a difference in the community. The Police and Crisis Team (PACT), which began in 2011 as a pilot project, has two psychiatric nurses who go out with RCMP members to calls that have a mental health aspect to them. There are two PACT teams currently in Red Deer which include RCMP Const. Rafal Jaworski and registered psychiatric nurse Michelle Buchan and Const. Kathryn Morrison and registered psychiatric nurse John Obelienius. “The nurse and the member work as a team. They respond to any calls that involve individuals or families experiencing mental health, addiction or psychological crisis – especially when they are a danger to themselves or to the public,” said RCMP Cpl. Sarah Knelsen, who is also the supervisor of the community response unit and the PACT team. “Our teams connect them with resources to help ensure longterm success. Our teams then follow up with them to make sure they are doing okay and to make sure they have reached out to the resources or agencies that were provided.” Red Deer is one of two communities with RCMP who have a PACT team in Alberta. Calgary and Edmonton City Police also have PACT teams as well. “Having the PACT team not only assists the citizens of Red Deer, it also helps the RCMP general duty members that are responding to the calls – if they know it is a mental health call then PACT automatically attends if they are working. It alleviates the general duty police officer from being tied up at those mental health calls so that they can respond to other calls for service

that are coming in,” said Knelsen. “For us, it’s such a great team and it takes a lot off of our frontline members.” The Primary Care Network funds the two mental health nurse positions, and the constables are provided by the RCMP for the team. “The PACT team is a huge benefit because ultimately we are here to serve the people in our community and the people that the PACT team are reaching are people who may not be getting the services they need in a timely manner if it wasn’t for the PACT team reaching out,” said Lorna Milkovich, the executive director of PCN. “For us, it’s about better care for the community.” Those in need of the PACT team contact them directly through the RCMP dispatch, but Knelsen said if it is an emergency, they can be contacted through 911 as well. From April 2013 to March 31st, 2014 there were 1,271 mental health crisis calls that the RCMP received. This compares to 1,279 calls during the same period the year before. The calls come from all over the City, with the 80% being from private homes. “We walk alongside the individuals right from the first time we see them in crisis and then get them connected wherever they need to go,” said Obelienius. “We work with the clients and we try and get them to move from that pre-contemplative stage to a contemplative stage – here’s the door and we are opening it, but they have to take the next step. We are advocates for them and help guide them in the right direction. We follow up with them as long as the individual needs.” He added the calls they receive are not always related to mental health issues – they receive calls that are in relation to substance abuse, suicidal ideation and domestic violence, among others.

TEAMWORK - The Red Deer Police and Crisis Team (PACT) is a two-person team consisting of one RCMP officer and a psychiatric nurse who respond to various calls throughout the City that may pertain to mental health and crisis prevention. From left are Const. Rafal Jaworski, nurses Michelle Buchan and John Obelienius and Const. Kathryn Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express Morrison who pair up for their respective shifts as members of the PACT team. “We hear from people who are in situational crisis too. Someone is in a crisis of some sort and they don’t know how to get out of it because they are so emotional or so overwhelmed. We provide a shoulder for them to lean on,” said Obelienius. “We deal with homelessness issues, grief or someone who has been evicted and they don’t know where to go.” In addition, before the PACT team was developed in Red Deer, seven out of 10 mental health calls were brought to the hospital. Now that the PACT team is working in the City, about one to two mental health calls out of 10 are taken to the hospital.

“The nurses can assess right on the scene, so a lot of times John and Michelle are determining on scene if the person needs to go to the hospital. In a community that doesn’t have a PACT team, a member can’t assess somebody so they automatically have to take them to the hospital to ensure their safety. So the PACT team is cutting out that step,” said Knelsen. Obelienius added a lot of the time the person in distress just needs to talk through their issues. “They need to figure out what is going and get rid of that tunnel vision they have and we can connect them to the resourc-

es they need,” he said. The program is well underway so much so that many community agencies are beginning to contact PACT directly instead of first going through the RCMP if they are in need of assistance. “We develop that relationship with them and there is trust there,” he said. Going forward, Knelsen said she hopes the PACT team will continue to work with PCN and continue to build relationships with various agencies in the community. “Eventually I would like to see three teams in Red Deer, but we are taking baby steps.”





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Local clothing bank closing doors BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express The Red Deer Community Clothing Service, formerly known as the Red Deer Clothing Bank, will be permanently closing their doors tomorrow. “Originally we were going to close on June 26th, but we are very picked over in terms of clothing, so we have decided to close our doors sooner,� said Ted Hayden, president of the Red Deer Community Clothing Service. “Whatever have left will be packed up and be taken somewhere to be used. “We didn’t want to see this happen but the writing has been on the wall for a while.� For the past 47 years, the

non-proďŹ t organization, which is located at 5005 Ross St., has been funded through the United Way, but they were informed last year that as of Dec. 31, 2013 that funding would stop. As well, contributing to the agency’s decision to close was the fact that the building the Red Deer Community Clothing Service is housed in has been sold and the new owner wanted the organization to downsize. In addition, four instrumental people who played a role in keeping the agency running informed Hayden that they wouldn’t be coming back after July, in which the agency closes for the month each year, he said. “It was all of those things combined that led to

our decision.� Last year, Hayden said the organization put away some funding which allowed them to cover their rent until this past March, but after that, if more funding wasn’t obtained, they would have to close their doors after providing for the community for 51 years. “We had a little bit more money come in and one of the service clubs in Red Deer stepped forward

and offered to help. But it wasn’t sustainable funding and that is really what we need,� he said. “We needed funding to cover our rent of $2,858 per month, our small Thrift Shop pays the insurance, telephone and cleaning. “We provide free clothing, basic bedding and kitchen needs to anyone in need in the Red Deer area. Our client base is approximately 1,100 per month and

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CITY BRIEFS PROPERTY TAX NOTICES ARE IN THE MAIL Property Tax Notices are in the mail. Property tax payments are due on or before June 30th. Those who choose to pay property taxes in one lump sum can do so by coming in person to the City Hall cashiers or dropping payment off in an envelope in the City Hall night deposit boxes located on the east and west sides of the building. The last day for in person payments at City Hall is June 30th by 4:30 p.m. The deadline does not apply to property owners who are enrolled in The City’s Tax Instalment Plan (TIP) as of June 15th. Property owners who miss the payment deadline will have to pay a 6% penalty on the outstanding property taxes owing. Property owners who do not receive their 2014 Property Tax Notice by June 6 should contact 403-3428126.

MUSEUM UNVEILS NEW EXHIBIT The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery present an exhibition of works by the late artist, Joane Cardinal-Schubert through to June 18th. Cardinal-Schubert spent most of her life working to bring justice to those marginalized by society. She was concerned about the treatment of First Nations groups and artists in Canada and the lack of recognition that they were receiving. This exhibition features work spanning her career, from her student days and early career in the 1960s and 1970s to her most recent work. It includes a range of media including handtinted prints, paintings, drawings and mixed media works.

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Residents who were unable to make it to last week’s Let’s Talk Budget 2015 open house are encouraged to make sure their voice is still heard by filling out an online survey. More than 225 Red Deerians came out to Let’s Talk Budget 2015 on May 21st, an open house where residents had the opportunity to show council and administration how they would prioritize tax spending. An online survey will be available until May 30th at

been named to the newly created position of associate vice president academic, effective July 21st. The addition coincides with an ambitious administrative restructuring project that will see RDC incorporate six new schools, along with the already existing Donald School of Business, to house all of the College’s academic programs. The restructuring takes effect July 1st. In her role, Hanna will provide support in leading RDC’s Strategic Plan as the new School organizational structure unfolds. She will participate in academic program development and help lead a number of functions tying into the success of instructors throughout the College. Among its many goals, the restructuring aims to decrease administrative duties for faculty, allowing them to focus their attention more directly to student success.



The Red Deer 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid Committee has been told the Bid Evaluation Committee will be returning to Red Deer on Aug. 22 to further evaluate Red Deer’s readiness and community spirit. When the committee visits, they will be reporting on and looking for our ability, readiness and community commitment to host the Games. Check out www.reddeer. ca/reddeerisready or .

John Harms has stepped down as the CEO and general manager of Westerner Park. “I am proud to have led the team at Westerner Park through the many changes to our facilities and numerous accomplishments,” said Harms. “It is time for me to pursue new opportunities and I wish the board, management team and staff of Westerner Park continued success.” As the board members undertake the search for a new CEO, they’ve asked Jim White, currently the assistant general manager, to serve as acting CEO and general manager.

Cardinal-Schubert was born in Crowsnest Pass. The family moved to Red Deer when she was in elementary school. She studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, where she received her degree in fines in 1977.


RED DEER COLLEGE GAINS ‘PROVEN LEADER’ Red Deer College has received a boost to its leadership ranks as the College prepares to open a new chapter later this summer. Dr. Paulette Hanna has

Resource Centre’s signature event, celebrated ‘Twenty Years of Hope’ this year. In the past 20 years, this event has grown so much and, as icing on our anniversary cake, this year organizers say they enjoyed their most successful event yet. On May 9th, more than 650 guests gathered for an evening of dinner, raffles, entertainment, a silent auction, and an exciting live auction of cakes, as well as a buffet of cakes and treats. In 2013-2014, Aspire budgeted $160,000 revenue to be generated from the Aspire Children’s Raffle & Evening of Decadent Dessert. Calculations show that Aspire has raised more than $200,000. This is money that goes directly to programs and services for children with special needs here in Red Deer and Central Alberta, and helps to fulfill the mission of providing hope to children with special needs, the families who love them and the communities that care for them.

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Volunteering in Central Alberta For more about volunteering or if you are an organization or an event needing volunteers, visit Volunteer Central at www. or call 403-346-3710.

NEW LISTINGS: Extendicare Michener Hill is looking for a Rehabilitation Support Assistant. Contact Jessica Dinan at 403-348-0340 ext. 8214 or

email jdinan@extendicare. com. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District is looking for volunteers to take part in a variety of construction and renovation projects Camp Alexo on the Weekend of June 6-8. Volunteers are needed to fill a number of positions. Contact John Johnston at 403-34206500 ext. 113 or email

Canadian Red Cross is looking for a volunteer prevention educator for a youth athlete sports program known as It’s More Than Just a Game. Contact Carlia Schwab at 403346-1241 or email Carlia. C.A.R.E. is planning a series of events for World Refugee Day (June 20th). They are looking for vol-

unteer speakers and table talk leaders who came to Canada initially under refugee status. Contact Jan Underwood at 403-346-8818 or email jan.underwood@ Catholic Social Services is looking for people who are willing to provide a safe home for an adult with developmental disabilities, who will pay for room and board. Contact Elin Barlem

at 403-347-8844 ext. 2917 or email Heart and Stroke Foundation is looking for volunteers for 20th Annual Heart and Stroke Golf Classic being held on June 12th. Contact Kelly Barber at 403-342-4435 or email

FEATURE LISTINGS: Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles. Contact Gloria Derksen at 403885-3355 or email admin@ Canadian Mental Health Association is looking for experienced volunteer directors for board of directors. Contact Graham Barclay, chair of the board at gbarclay@

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Education Society casino on July 30th and 31st. Contact Marg Harper at 403346-2010 or email marg. Alzheimer Society of Alberta is recruiting volunteers to work bingo shifts for the positions of chair, paymaster, card cash controller and card sellers. Contact Janice Fogarty at 403-342-0448 or email Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Prairies/ NTW Region is recruiting committee planning members for the first Annual Batting Against Breast Cancer™ slo-pitch tournament. Contact Kara Wozniak, email kwozniak@ or call 1-866-3022223. Central Alberta AIDS Network Society (CAANS) is looking for event volunteers and committee members. Contact Aisley Miles at 403- 346-8858 or email

Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is accepting applications now for volunteer directors to participate on our dynamic centre board. Contact TerryLee Ropchan at 403-9869904 or email terrylee@

CNIB is looking for volunteers to work evening bingos 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. up to one per month. Contact Wody at 403-346-0037 or

Waskasoo Environment Educational Society is looking for casino volunteers to work the Waskasoo Environmental

Red Deer Food Bank has volunteer opportunities at our fundraising events. Contact Alice at 403-342-5355.

We are pleased to introduce a new concept of Supportive Living Services to our communities. We believe that our Residents should be able to stay in their suite of choice as their needs change and more assistance is required. We know that as you age, some everyday activities can become challenging, preventing you from enjoying the simple pleasures of living.

Changing needs do not need to be accompanied by a change in autonomy. Every senior deserves the privilege of enjoying an atmosphere that is warm and inviting: that surrounds them with kindness and compassion, providing care in a manner that preserves dignity and meets the needs of each individual in a very personal way and maintains independence. As the responsibilities of providing care for a much loved friend or family member becomes more than what can adequately be managed at home, we offer an alternative. Allow us to provide care and services, while you return to the enjoyment of living, regaining your relationship and peace-of-mind. As Red Deer’s premier Independent and Assisted Living residence, Symphony Senior Living has a reputation of taking care of seniors.

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POLICE BRIEFS WOMAN CHARGED AFTER HIT AND RUN A woman from Penhold has been arrested and charged in relation to a hit and run that left a young man dead. Trystan Sorenson of Penhold has been identified as the victim of a hit and run which took place on an area highway last week. On May 20th at 10:33 p.m., Innisfail RCMP responded to a fatal hit and run collision with a pedestrian on Hwy. 592 approximately 4 km west of Penhold. Sorenson was struck by an eastbound vehicle while long boarding along the highway with a friend. On May 21st, a 2003 Dodge Durango was reported stolen and was located burnt in a farmer’s field east of Innisfail. On May 24th, the registered owner and alleged driver was contacted. She turned herself into the Innisfail RCMP detachment. As a result, Jessica Masyk, 25, has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, public mischief and driving while unauthorized. She has been released from custody with a court appearance on June 20. Police are still investigating the details of the collision and are seeking public assistance. Anyone that may have witnessed the collision or provided assistance to the suspect is asked to contact the Innisfail RCMP at 403227-3342 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-8477.

THEFT OF SKID STEER LOADER AND TRAILER Red Deer RCMP are investigating the theft of a Skid Steer loader, two buckets, a trailer and various tools worth more than $42,000. The theft occurred on or before May 8 at a rural property east of the Rosedale neighbourhood. A witness reported seeing a black Ford F350 with a welder in the back on the property the evening of May 8. Items that were stolen include a 2007 Caterpillar 277b Skid Steer with attached bucket, a black flat deck 20 ft. trailer with tool box, a 96 inch Blue Diamond snow bucket as well as chains, a laser level, a chainsaw and a Dewalt drill set. Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying the suspect responsible for this crime is asked to call Red Deer RCMP

at 403-343-5575. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at

DRIVER OF STOLEN VEHICLE SOUGHT RCMP are turning to the public in hopes of identifying the suspect who was seen driving a stolen vehicle. On May 9 at 3 p.m., Red Deer RCMP received a report of a sighting of a vehicle that had been stolen a week earlier. The vehicle, a dark green 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, was seen at the Wendy’s restaurant in north Red Deer at around noon. Witnesses reported the driver was a redhaired female in her late 30s, and that a male was in the passenger seat. RCMP located the vehicle abandoned a short time later. It was determined the same vehicle and female were at the Superstore Gas Bar earlier in the day, where video surveillance of the female suspect was obtained. Red Deer RCMP are looking for assistance from the public to identify the female suspect. Police do not have a description of the male passenger at this time. Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying this suspect is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

by Erin Fawcett them to their home on several occasions. The name, age and gender of the child and its parents’ names will not be released, nor will further details of the incidents, to protect the privacy of the family. A medical assessment shows the child was not physically harmed. Allan William Halliday, 61, of Red Deer has been charged with four counts of breach of recognizance for refraining from engaging in

No injuries were reported after an apartment fire began in the unit’s kitchen. On May 22 at 9:26 p.m. crews from the Penhold Fire

checking for hot spots. The cause of the fire was a pot left unattended on the stove while the occupant went to pick up a family member. The smoke alarm in the suite was sounding which alerted the other residents who activated the fire alarm and called 911. Damage is estimated at $750. Approximately 10 residents were evacuated and were later allowed to return to the building.


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SHOWING SUPPORT – The line of red heels was immense as participants made their way back to the starting line.

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P SUPER SUPPORTER – Sheldon Spackman of the KG Country/ ZED 98.9 team showed his super powers and walked a mile in taped on red pumps.

TERRIFIC TOES Vinnie Taylor from 100.7 The River team dawned a pair of black open-toed sling back shoes during the walk, complete with perfectly painted pink toe nails.

FABULOUS – Former Mayor Morris Flewwelling wore his kilt and having participated in the walk many times before he came prepared with a pair of socks to protect his feet.

MAN DOWN - Jamie Worthington from the BIG 105.5 team struggled to stay on his toes during the walk, despite taping his shoes.

articipants of the third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event gathered in front of the Women’s Outreach Centre last Thursday to raise funds to support the end of violence against women. More than 150 men brought their shiniest high-heeled shoes tto strut the mile-long trek alongside Taylor Dr. Along with their pumps and wedges the men also brought p pledges stating how much money they had individually acq quired through sponsors and donations. More than $38,000 was raised at the event and will be goiing towards supporting 16 different programs and services offfered through the Women’s Outreach Centre. Darcy Ouellet, fund development officer for the Women’s O Outreach Centre and the man behind the Walk a Mile event ssaid he, “Was astounded to see Central Alberta come together tto support the cause. The support we received was amazing a and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without our sponsors.” The largest donation came from the CWC Well Services tteam totaling more than $13,000. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediation to men’s violence against women. Among those walking was RCMP Const. Ryan Edwards who described his walk by saying, “Pepper spray wasn’t this bad.” His blistered, bruised and cut up feet were among the many who were certain to need Band-Aids on their wounds the next day. The walk was started in the U.S. in 2001 by Frank Baird and modeled after the saying “You can’t understand another persons experience until you’ve walked a mile their shoes.” The men who took part in the event did just that, as they walked a mile in the shoes millions of women wear worldwide every day. What began as small group of men daring to walk the mile has since grown to become an international movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centres, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.

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HARLEY HOTTIE – Dave Burrell from the Red Deer Housing Authority, rests his feet in preparation for the walk and takes a seat on his Harley for a moment.

READY TO RUN – Taylar McDonald from the East Side Mario’s team was among the first to finish the mile as he chose to run the entire way in his black stilettos.

WALKING TALL – Minister Jeff Rock of the Gaetz Memorial United Church dawned the highest heels in his bright red platforms.

STRONG FINISH – Jack Wheeler of the 360 Fitness team jogs his way to the finish line in his pretty red pumps.

UNIFORM SUPPORT – RCMP Const. D. Turner, Const. J. Hewitt, Const. M. Boissonnault, and PACT team member J. Obelienius were among the RCMP member team who strut their stuff for the cause.

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A Better World ‘Neighbours’ steps up to aid local family BY BRIAN VOSSEN Red Deer Express When Angela Trca and Todd Bawtinheimer bought their home in Red Deer, they knew it was going to be a bit of a fixerupper. “It was a bank foreclosure, so it was trash,” said Trca. Not only was the house in disrepair, Trca said she and her family also planned to make a few renovations to accommodate her daughter, Nyah. Nyah is 11-years-old and has a number of disabilities, such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy, brought on by an unusual chromosomal trans-location, said Trca. Because of these complications, Nyah cannot move around without being pushed in a wheelchair and she is also non-verbal. Because Nyah needs so much assistance, Trca has not been able to work outside the home in several years. This put a financial strain on the family of four and made it difficult for them to get started on the necessary renovations. In addition to that, Trca said that Bawtinheimer had planned to do a lot of the work on the house himself. However, before he was able to, he was involved in a serious workplace accident last

November that left him unable to do the work himself. “We couldn’t figure out a way to make this happen, and then Todd’s accident sealed our fate.” That is where A Better World Neighbours stepped in. A Better World Neighbours is the local branch of the well-known A Better World Foundation that is based in Lacombe. While A Better World engages in charitable projects overseas, Neighbours is dedicated to doing the same thing a little closer to home. Ronda Ziakris, project coordinator for A Better World Neighbours, said that Trca’s family had been nominated for this year’s signature project. She said even the nomination felt like “An answered prayer.” “I was just shocked,” said Trca. “I was like, really? Wow.” When Trca later learned their nomination would be the signature project this year, her reaction was much the same. She added that she felt humbled by such a showing of support. Ziakris said it is exactly the kind of reaction Neighbours hopes to give. “There is no greater feeling,” said Ziakris. She added that Trca, like many subjects of Neighbour’s projects, has struggled with accepting this assistance.

But, Ziakris has told her that accepting help is a gift too. “When you allow people to bless you, you are also blessing them,” said Ziakris. “It’s not easy to accept help.” A Better World is best known for its work in Eastern Africa and other countries in need throughout the world. However, Ziakris said it is important to remember there are people at home who need help too. “Our neighbours need our help,” said Ziakris. “People living right next door to us are hurting and sometimes we don’t even know it.” She and the rest of her crew began work on the home earlier this month. Trca and her family will be out of the home during the construction and will return to see the completed project. For this project, Neighbours will be removing the bathtub and shower from the bathroom to install a bath table and a barrierfree shower. They will also be widening the doorways in a few of the rooms, including Nyah’s bedroom and the bathroom. In the living room, a wheelchair ramp will be installed so that Nyah can spend time with her parents and older brother Jacob, 11, as a family. Outside,

DEMOLITION TIME - A Better World Neighbours volunteer Keenan Rose gets to work demolishing a bathtub as construction begins for this year’s Brian Vossen/Red Deer Express signature project earlier this month. new concrete will be poured to improve an existing wheelchair ramp entrance to the home. Neighbours is a fitting name for A Better World local organization not only because it offers assistance locally, but also because that is where its support comes from. Ziakris said that with most Neighbours’ projects, little donations are given in the way of

funding. Instead, local businesses donate resources so that projects can be completed. “One hundred per cent of the materials are donated,” said Ziakris. She said that, in this particular project the paint, flooring and tile were all donated. Of course, the labour is also done by volunteers donating their time and expertise as well.

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June 7 & 8, 2014 Don’t put your unwanted items in the garbage. Kick them to the curb! If there’s life in those items, set them out on the curb to be repurposed by others. For those who like a bargain, there is no better deal than touring your community to find items marked FREE. Register your give away items at www. Or bring your items to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre’s Trash to Treasure Swap Meet, Friday through Sunday, June 6, 7 & 8. For more events during Environment Week, visit


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fyi EVENTS Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present Hang-Ups and Insights: The 6th Annual IB and AP Art Show from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School runs to June 21st in the Kiwanis Gallery. First Friday opening June 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.; students and instructors will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served. For details, contact the Red Deer Arts Council. On May 24th the Red Deer Garden Club has a plant exchange at the Nature Centre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any questions, call Noreen 403-357-4071 or Diane 403-346-9163. Bingo schedule for the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta - volunteers need to be at the Red Deer Bingo Hall by 10:30 a.m. Evening bingos: volunteers need to be at Red Deer Bingo Hall by 4:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows –May 31st, June 4th (all evenings); July 13th (afternoon); Aug. 28th, Sept. 22nd, Oct. 2nd and Nov. 12th (evenings). Bingo coordinators are Karen Gough: 403-340-3249 or by email; or Emily Hillis at 403-342-6602or by email Christ’s Corridor Red Deer is the new name of Parkland Christian Church. After serving Central Alberta for 57 years, the congregation has a new vision and new name. While continuing to invite the people of Central Alberta to embrace Christian faith in a multi-ethnic setting, the church is now reaching out to folks in the Edmonton - Calgary corridor and establishing a number of congregations. An official launching of the new name was held May 25 at 5515- 43 St. On May 31st, Family Services of Central Alberta is proud to host Clara Hughes, six time Olympic medalist and spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk campaign. The event will be held in the Parkland Mall Safeway parking lot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with fun activities and information

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about positive positiv mental health. Clara will arr arrive around 5:30 p.m. and speak to the crowd about her experiences and her Big Ride across Canada. Want to follow Clara’s journey across Canada? Check out #ClarasBigRide on Twitter! Come out and welcome Clara to Red Deer! For more information, visit Visions Country Gospel May 31st 7 p.m. Lunch served. Ticket $15 at the door or phone 403773-2270. Proceeds to the Rick Hansen Foundation. Out of Africa Potjiekos Competition and Party runs May 31st from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Red Deer Tennis Club. ‘Southern African art of cooking food in a

is fortunate to able to work with RTD Learning Organization to offer students in Grade 12 level diploma courses a one-weekend intensive review diploma prep class called Rock the Diploma. They run June 6-8th, 13-15, 20-22. For more information, call 403-356-5315. The Golden Circle is hosting a Crib Tournament on June 13th at 10 a.m. You do need to have a partner to play. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch and prizes. Please call the Golden Circle to register. 403343-6074. The Golden Circle is having a bus trip to the Rosebud Dinner Theatre to see the show “Chickens” on July 10th. The cost of the trip is $80 for members

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) is teaming up with the Red Deer Municipal Users Group (RDRMUG) to host ‘Connecting Through Water’on June 13th in Red Deer at the Quality Inn North Hill. This special event features world renowned Robert Sandford as well as topics on aquatic invasive species, climate change impacts on water-sheds, and water conservation strategies. Seating is Limited so please Register online –www.rdrwa. ca or call Kelly at (403)3407379 or e-mail . Help Make Alzheimer’s a Memory this June 21st! Enjoy a 2.5/5km walk from Sunnybrook Farm Museum through the City’s beautiful trails and back. Be

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Located 3 minutes east of The Specialists! i i 30th Avenue on Highway 11 @ParklandGarden cast iron pot.’ Join us for a fun night with excellent food, cash bar and a silent auction. For tickets, call 403-346-7567 or email Red Deer Christmas Bureau Volunteer Appreciation Tea being held June 1st from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Toy Depot (#15, 7428 - 49 Ave.) All volunteers welcome to drop in for snacks and beverages. Travel Memories runs June 4th from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, Waskasoo Meeting Room. Our speakers this month will share pictures and a photo book of their month long adventure in South Africa. Listen to our speakers and share your own travel adventures, while enjoying coffee or tea with us. For more information, contact Donna Stewart or Priscilla at 403-346-2100. The Lindsay Thurber Career Centre

and $105 for non-members. The cost includes transportation, dinner buffet and theatre. Please register at the front desk. 402047A Avenue. The Golden Circle is having a garage sale on July 3-4th. If you would like to book a table and sell your items the cost is $20 per table. Limited tables available. Call the front desk at 403-343-6074 to register. Daytime Documentaries run June 11th from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Public Library, downtown branch in the Waskasoo Meeting Room. This month’s award winning documentary Trashed, follows Jeremy Irons as he sets out to discover the extent of the global waste problem, travelling around the world to beautiful places tainted by pollution. A discussion facilitated by a staff member will follow the film. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and tea will be served. For more information, contact Donna Stewart or Priscilla at 403-346-2100.

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Danish and English followed by an Old-Fashion Picnic at the Museum at 1 pm. Beef on a bun, and dessert - $12/adults, $6/ children under 10 years. There will be a pie auction featuring delicious recipes from local pie-makers. Hymns & songs, and old-fashion games. Come and bring your blanket and picnic basket or order the lunch just call ahead 403-728-0019 to reserve your food. For more information about our events check out The Benalto Centennial/School Reunion runs June 6-8th ( events to be held at the Benalto Ag. Grounds). Friday events, will focus on the Benalto School reunion and begin at 10 am with registration at the Ag. Grounds, followed by lunch, afternoon school tours, a 4 p.m. grandstand school program with supper at 5:30 p.m. ending the day with a 8 p.m. program by Pat Meyers & Impact Dancers. An 8-10 a.m. breakfast will launch the Saturday events followed by the official 2014 Benalto Centennial Ceremony at 10:30 with dignitaries /special guests (including Michael Dawe) with music provided by Kerry Heisler & H.J. Cody Band. Lunch, photo booths, clowns, horse drawn wagon circuits, show and shine, cake cutting by Benalto Royal Purple will all be held in the afternoon. A catered dinner ($20 advance tickets only) will be held from 5-7 p.m., followed by entertainment from Pat Meyers & Impact Dancers, a ‘ dirt floor’ dance at the Ag. Centre ( $5 pp and under 18 must be accompanied by parents.) Fireworks and friendship after sunset. June 8th will begin with a 8-10 a.m. breakfast; Kerry Heisler & H.J. Cody Choir will take part in the Commemorative church service. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. with a dog agility show at 1:30 p.m. this final event wrapping up the 2014 Benalto Centennial/School Reunion. Contact Eleanor Snook at 403-746-6097 and Georgina Rhodes at 403-746-2356. For tickets for the Saturday catered dinner call Gloria Murphy at 403-746-5494. Want to find out if your car is running efficiently? The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) and its partners are holding a free vehicle emission testing clinic on Clean Air Day,

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Week of May 28 - June 4, 2014 June 4th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic will be located in the southwest corner of Parkland Mall’s parking lot (Safeway end) at 4747-67 St. in Red Deer. Vehicle owners with gasoline powered vehicles less than one tonne can drop in any time during the day. No registration is required. Participants also have a chance to win great door prizes. For more information, contact Sue Arrison at sue@pamz. org or phone 403-342-5816. 50th Anniversary Celebration of Sunnybrook United Church (12 Stanton St.) on June 14th at 7 p.m. Special program in the Sanctuary with refreshments to follow. Sunday June 15 at 10:30 a.m. - worship Service with guest speaker Rev. Stewart Hewlett. A birthday celebration cake to follow. Everyone welcome. For further information phone 403-347-6073 or email

addition to welcoming new board members and saying farewell to others, we will be presenting awards to recognize our hard working volunteers. Snacks and beverages will be available. The meeting runs at the Pidherney Centre (formerly Red Deer Curling Centre) 4725 43 Street Red Deer 6:30- 8:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 403-343-3900 or emailing

TOPS – Take off Pounds Sensibly – start the New Year by joining us and being in shape for summer! We meet every Monday in the basement of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Weigh-in occurs between 6 and 6:45 p.m., program starts from 7 to 8 p.m. Drop in for a free evening or call Kathleen at 587-272-2727.

The Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is holding their monthly meeting on May 28th with Michael Dawe as the speaker. He will be giving a tour of the Red Deer Cemetery. Meet at 7 p.m. inside the main gates of the Red Deer Cemetery - South side of the cemetery on 55 St.

The MS Society of Central Alberta hosts a MOMS Group – a recreational based support group for moms diagnosed with MS or living with someone diagnosed with MS who have young children. Monthly activities – locations vary. For more information, email Brenda.anderson@mssociety.

Living Well with a Mental illness is open to anyone in Central Alberta with an interest in mental health. This includes people with a mental illness, their friends, family members, and the general public. Attendance is limited to 15 participants. To register call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266 and ask to speak to education program staff. This free course is co-sponsored by CMHA, Central Alberta Region, and the Red Deer Public Library.

MEETINGS The United Way of Central Alberta is having their annual general meeting on June 19th and staff will be reflecting on the previous year’s successes and sharing the vision for the future. In

of someone who is widowed ed and looking for place to connect, ct you can email us at or call 403755-0977 or drop in on a Friday. Legion Ladies Auxilary monthly meetings run the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Alberta Room, Red Deer Legion. Are you having problems with someone else’s drinking? We are an anonymous group of men and women who can offer encouragement and support. Call Al-Anon Family groups at 403-3460320 for a list of meetings. Air Force Association of Canada. The aims and objectives of the Association are to preserve and

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SEMINARS Downsizing and Moving Forward – Great Mother’s Day Gift! On May 24th, 9 am to 1 pm at the Golden Circle in Red Deer. A course for baby boomers, seniors and those helping others downsize. Learn to balance what things you need while holding on to what you treasure. Facilitated by Lynne Ring (The Organizing Guru) and Lyn Lamers (Shalom Counselling Centre). Tickets $50/person. Register by calling 403-342-0339. Gift certificates and subsidies available.

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Visit us at For more information contact 12-03087.indd 13-00666.indd 11 Mary Joan at 403-346-3886. The Red Deer Celiac Support Group will holding our meetings the third Tuesday of the month at Sobeys South, 5211 – 22 St. in Red Deer. We offer information and support on celiac symptoms, diagnosing, gluten free diet and products. 2014 meeting schedule June 17th, Sept. 16th, Oct. 21st, Nov. 18th. The group also has an awareness table set up at the Red Deer hospital the fourth Tuesday of every month as well. For information call Fay 403-347-3248 or Clarice at 403-341-4351. Start the new year by joining us and being in shape for summer! We meet every Monday in the basement of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 40 Holmes St. Weigh-in occurs between 6:15 and 6:45, Program starts from 7- 8 p.m. Drop in for a free evening or call Trevor

There seems to be support groups for just about anything these days, however when searching for a support group for widows and widowers five years ago, there was nothing in a few of us started one. We meet twice a month. The first Friday of every month we meet at the Black Knight Inn at the restaurant at 6 p.m. The third Friday of each month we meet at the First Christian Reformed church located at 16 McVicar St. at 7 p.m. for our regular scheduled meetings. If you are widowed or know

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe and Rimbey. For locations and dates, call Joanne at 403-314-1972. The Red Deer Pottery Club meets Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Contour Studio at the Recreation Centre, downstairs. New members always welcome. For more information call Sharon at 403-347-8061 or Karen at 403-347-0600. ‘Friends Over 45’ is an organization for women who are new to the Red Deer area or who have experienced a lifestyle change, and would like to meet new friends. New members are welcome. For information phone Shirley at 403-343-7678 or Shirley at 403-346-7160.


ca or call 403-346-0290.MS Society Central Chapter invites people living with MS to monthly evening support groups. Topics will vary (regularly scheduled meetings will run the last Tuesday of the month and are usually occur at the MS Society Office). A light supper will be provided. Please RSVP to Brenda.anderson@mssociety. ca or call 403-346-0290.

are Wednesdays’ at 7 p p.m. m in the Red Deer Regional Hospital (3942-50 Ave.) south complex, lower level rooms 503 and 504. Gamblers Anonymous phone number is 403-986-0017.

perpetuate the traditions of the 30/11/12 28/02/13 10:17 2:51 AM PM Royal Canadian Air Force and to advocate a proficient and wellequipped Air Force in Canada. 703 Wing in Red Deer provides a forum for serving and former participants in military and civil aviation to meet and enjoy the company of like-minded people. 703 Wing members meet at noon every second Saturday of the month at the ABC Country Restaurant, 2085 50th Ave. in Red Deer for a luncheon and business meeting. Contact President Al Low at 403-3413253 or Writers’ Ink, the Red Deer and District writers group for authors of all genres 18 years and older meets every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Sunnybrook Farm Museum. Small membership and drop-in fees apply. First 3 visits free. For more, contact Judith at 403-309-3590. Gamblers Anonymous meetings

The Red Deer Art Club meets Thursdays at l p.m. at the Golden Circle. Individuals are welcome to drop in and participate in mini art classes. Drop in fee $1 applies. Phone Marianne at 403-986-2600 for information. Independent Achievers, ‘Business Women Networking Together’ will be having their monthly luncheon meeting every second Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email reservations to to confirm attendance the Monday before each luncheon. An Amputee Support Group Meeting, sponsored by the Alberta Amputee Sport and Recreation Association at 7:30 in Room 2207 in the South Complex of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Meetings the fourth Monday of each month. 403-357-3671. Senior-friendly, low impact ‘dancercise’ runs at the Golden Circle Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ‘Sit and Be Fit’ runs Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 343-6074.

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Lunch bag series part of Environment Week Red Deerians can follow the green brick road to Environment Week which is set to take place June 2 to 6. Red Deerians are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to the Red Deer Public Library (RDPL) next week to learn about the latest in environmental trends and initiatives. The City of Red Deer and RDPL are cohosting the Lunch Bag Seminar Series at the Downtown (Snell Auditorium) and Dawe branches every day of Environment Week. On June 2, an ‘Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together’ seminar will take place. Learn about this local food production system and how it compares to other growing methods. Rene Michalak, project lead of ReThink Red Deer will host this seminar. On June 3, a seminar entitled ‘Pollinators’ will educate folks who join about pollinators and why they’re so important in nature. Bill Heinsen of the Red Deer River Naturalists will lead the discussion. On June 4, a seminar called ‘Dark Skies: What are they? Why are they important?’ will educate those who join to understand light pollution and the economic, social and the environmental benefits of dark skies. Todd Nivens, environmental educator of the Waskasoo Environmental Education

Society will host this seminar. On June 5, folks can learn about ‘Living with a Green Roof’. George Berry, the owner of Berry Architecture will explain why Red Deerians should be growing more green roofs at ho me.                                      On June 6, discover how to encourage students to take the initiative on their own journey to school during the ‘Walking School Bus & Walking School Buddies’ seminar. Raelene Steckly, Calgary and Southern Alberta coordinator for SHAPE (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) will lead the discussion. All of the seminars will take place from 12:05 – 12:50 p.m. at the Snell Auditorium with the exception of the ‘Living with a Green Roof’ which will take place at the same time at the Dawe Branch. “Environment Week celebrates the City’s commitment to our Environmental Master Plan by sharing innovative and current topics,” said Keran Braich, waste diversion specialist with the City of Red Deer. “We’ve programmed talks over the lunch hour, so citizens can fit them into their day and hopefully fit some of the ideas into their lives.” Those attending the seminars will receive a ballot in the draw to win an aquafarm – a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food. - Fawcett

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Red Deer connection to the Empress of Ireland tragedy On May 29, 2014, one of the worst tragedies in Canadian history will be commemorated. The date is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence River, not far from Rimouski, Quebec. Of the 1,477 passengers and crew on board the ship, 1,022 lost their lives following a collision with a Norwegian steamer, the Storstad. The Empress of Ireland was the pride of the Canadian Pacific Steamship line, along with its sister passenger liner, the Empress of Britain. It was constructed in 1905-1906 by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Govan on the Clyde in Scotland. It was christened on Jan. 27, 1906 and completed its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Montreal at the end of June.


DAWE The Empress of Ireland was impressive. It could transport up to 1,900 passengers. It was 170 m (570 ft.) long. Most importantly, it was fast, reliable and comfortable. The Canadian Pacific Company considered it to be one of the jewels in the self-described “Greatest transportation system in the world.” Thus, there was little expectation of trouble when the Empress of Ireland embarked on its regular voyage to Liverpool, England at the end of May,

1914. However, in the early morning hours of May 29th, a steamer ship was spotted several kilometres in the distance. When the Storstad was first sighted, the weather was calm and clear. Shortly thereafter, a very dense fog set in. Both ships repeatedly blew their fog whistles and both ships’ crews thought that there was still a safe distance between the two vessels. However, around 2 a.m., the Storstad suddenly emerged from the fog and rammed into the side of the Empress of Ireland. What happened next was incredibly tragic. Water poured into the large gash in the side of the Empress of Ireland, as well as through the lower portholes of the ship. Almost all of the passengers and crew on the lower decks, many

HISTORIC - Third class passengers playing tug-of-war on the deck of the Empress of Ireland, 1909. Photo courtesy of the Densmore family and the Red Deer and District Archives.

of whom were still asleep in their cabins, quickly drowned. Several of the passengers on the upper decks

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were awakened by the collision. The surviving crew quickly started to launch the lifeboats. While some people made it safely into three of those craft, the ship lurched onto its side so rapidly that any further launch of the lifeboats became impossible. Within 15 minutes of the collision, the Empress of Ireland abruptly plunged to the bottom of the St. Lawrence. Many of the remaining passengers and crew either drowned or died of hypothermia from the frigid waters of the river. Because of the rapidity of the disaster, there were many conflicting opinions as to what exactly had happened. A commission of inquiry was held in June, headed by Lord Mersey, the same person who had presided at the official investigation into the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Despite the many inconsistencies in the evidence presented at the inquiry, eventually a finding was made that the accident had

largely been the fault of the captain of the Storstad. Understandably, the Norwegians vigorously protested the verdict. The Norwegian government held its own official inquiry and found that the Empress of Ireland’s captain was the person most at fault. Regardless of the conflicting evidence and verdicts, 840 passengers and 172 crew members lost their lives. Particularly hard hit was the Salvation Army. Many of the passengers were Salvationists on their way to an international convention in London, England. Of the 167 church members aboard the ship, all but eight lost their lives. According to the news coverage of the time, one of those on the ship was Ensign Florence Peacock. While she had been living in Weyburn, Saskatchewan just before the accident, she was one of the two founding officers of the Salvation Army when it was established in Red Deer in the summer of 1912.

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Motorists reminded of Taylor Drive closures Single

Taylor Dr. closures started May 24th, as construction on the Taylor Dr. and Ross St. intersection has moved into full swing. Traffic will be detoured off Taylor Dr. onto the newly constructed two-lane by-pass road – one lane northbound and one lane southbound. “This is one of the biggest construction projects Red Deer has seen in a number of years,” said Acting City

Manager Paul Goranson. “Enhancements are needed to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians as we deal with increased traffic in the coming years. With an estimated 30,000 vehicles using Taylor Drive during peak times, each day, we know this closure will significantly impact people commuting from north to south and vice versa, but when the work is complete in 2015, we believe it will all

be worth it.” Changes to the intersection include streets designed for all ages and abilities with new intersections, enhanced crossings and new sidewalks. It will change the way traffic moves through the Taylor Dr. and Ross/49 St. intersections with improved access and connectivity for drivers and pedestrians alike. “This work will facilitate the redevelopment

of the Riverlands district with improved access to the Greater Downtown as a whole. It will improve traffic flow, safety and accessibility for pedestrians and road users as we grow and expand over the next five, 20 and 25 years,” said Goranson. The project will be phased in over two years with the majority of the construction happening in 2014. While construction is


Space FAMILY FUN - Brent Wiens practices his cricket pitch with wife Gail and children Makenna and Cohen, 8, during ‘The Amazing Race Red Deer’ held last weekend at the Kinsmen Twin Arenas. Families had the opportunity to travel from ‘counJenna Swan/Red Deer Express try-to-country’ and try their hand at different activities.

underway, traffic traveling eastbound across the Taylor Dr. Bridge into downtown will not have access via 49 St. and will be detoured to 45 St. and 43 St. One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained on Ross St. to access Taylor Dr. northbound across the bridge. “Drivers who use Taylor Drive as their primary roadway to commute across the city are encouraged to find alternate routes while construction is underway this summer; however, we will maintain access for all businesses in the Riverlands and Railyards districts, and it is business as usual,” said Tara Shand, communications team lead. Kerry Wood Dr. is the last opportunity for motorists to choose an alternate route before being detoured onto the bypass road when traveling eastbound on Taylor Dr. And 45 St. is the last opportunity for motorists to choose an alternate route before being detoured onto the bypass road when travelling northbound on Taylor Dr. Traffic will be detoured off Taylor Dr. onto the bypass road until the end of August. People can get updates on the Taylor Drive Improvements Project by calling the Taylor Drive hotline at 403-406-8796 or by signing up for construction updates via e-newsletter at - Weber



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‘Green Deer’ taking control of garbage around Red Deer River BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express Each year a City initiative known as Green Deer takes to the streets in an attempt to preserve Red Deer’s beauty by removing garbage from around the area. On June 1st, join the volunteers and City workers who are coming together to clean up the Red Deer River in sites along Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Rotary Park and the BMX track. “It’s getting better all the time,

we’re getting more people on board,” said Suzanne Jubb, community and program facilitator for the City of Red Deer. “My goal is eventually for Red Deer to have zero garbage and maybe we will win that battle.” Cleaning up the Red Deer River used to be a community group project before it was moved under the ‘Green Deer’ campaign umbrella in 2009. The focus used to be around Kerry Wood Nature Centre but has since spread across other areas of the City in

need. “We usually average about 100 people but this year, a group of students from the University of Alberta will be joining us, and that group will be anywhere from 25 to 50 students,” said Jubb. Nearly 200 people are expected for the event, but anyone is welcome. Pre-registration is not needed. “I think we have a responsibility to our environment. Garbage is bad for the animals, it looks bad and activities like this build communities,” said Jubb. She added that it is a great feeling

to help. “It’s really rewarding.” The 2014 Green Deer theme is ‘Leave it better than you found it.’ Residents are encouraged to help pick up garbage. All the small gestures add up to a more beautiful Red Deer, she said. The Green Deer initiative began in 2003 and dedicates time annually from April 14th to June 15th with cleaning programs around the City which include the river clean up, graffiti removal and garbage pile pick-ups. The year’s secondary major

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clean up is scheduled for Sept. 8th and is known as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. “If I’m out for a walk, I’ll carry a glove and a grocery bag with me and try to pick things up along the way. Sometimes I fill the bag, sometimes I don’t but either way it’s nice to do a little bit.” Her suggestion is that other Red Deer citizens do the same when they are out walking. “Hopefully one day we will win this war on garbage.”

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Project helping girls to find their voice, share their stories BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express A Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School teacher has created a project for girls to come together, collaborate and develop strength through sharing stories via the Pink Voices Project. The performance takes place on June 4th at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Thurber drama studio. Collections for the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES) will be taken at the door in lieu of payment. “My purpose behind this is to develop self-purpose and self-confidence in young

women,” said Project Founder Trina Penner. “I feel that when you develop selfconfidence in young women, you affect a positive change for generations to come.” Penner is a drama teacher, dance instructor and technical theatre director at Lindsay Thurber. All of her classes carry a theme of self-confidence, an issue Penner is working hard to promote with her students. “There are moments within the show where the writing is personal and challenging. There are moments that are humourous, or sad or poignant. Regardless, it’s their voice and their writing. The

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transformative power of turning it into a performance is where the confidence comes back into play.” Penner’s group of girls consists of young women at Lindsay Thurber who meet once a week to discuss and write together. They write based on personal experiences, but also explore collaborative writing. The show is a mix of personal and group compilations. Penner creates a metaphor saying that the pieces presented in the production are ‘snapshots’ of the girls’ lives coming together to make a an, “Album of moments in time.” In May 2013, Penner asked several of the Lindsay Thurber students if they would like to be a part of a club that would meet, write and discuss writing together. The group was not intended to perform at first, but Penner said the girls reacted positively to the notion of performance, and so planning began. She said that she and the girls had no idea what that would look like. It has since transformed into a staged reading performance. This means the ladies will be seated and will take turns presenting pieces to the audience. Girls will read pieces even if they aren’t of personal experiences, but rather someone else’s in the club. The girls have met once a week for nearly a year, developing trust and a rapport that enable them to be comfortable sharing their personal experiences. “When you write collaboratively, sharing time and space and energy together, you learn about each other.” Penner added that she has noticed the

development of trust, empathy, support and a definite bond building among the young women. “We had to learn to trust each other because we’re sharing personal stories and experiences,” said Desiree Frizzell, 17, who will be presenting as part of Pink Voices. “After awhile it got easier and we opened up to each other. We can use our own experiences to help other people, and that makes me feel good.” Not all of the girls are born performers, and so had to overcome the challenge of presenting in front of audiences. Penner stressed the fact that this project was initiated to develop self-confidence, and this final performance is a grand test. Sydney Malyon, 16, will also be among the presenters on June 4. “I’m so proud of every single girl that’s been involved with this,” she said. “I know that with all of us, there are experiences that we keep inside and I think that a lot of the stuff that we wrote is relatable to the audience.” The decision to promote and donate to CAWES is something that hits close to home for some of the girls within the group. For Maleisha Barker, 16, the decision is especially meaningful. “When I found out that we were giving the money raised to the women’s shelter, being that I was in it for awhile when I was little, it meant so much to me. I remember going on field trips and being able to give the money so these kids can have better lunches, better suppers, better trips – that just meant so much to me.”




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TRAVEL An Aussie adventure perfect for families As my family landed in the land ‘Down Under’ we couldn’t help but immediately notice the diversity in landscape and lifestyle at each place we visited. In two weeks we saw everything from the spectacular Sydney Opera House in the heart of Sydney to the rolling hills and exquisite taste of the Hunter Valley Wineries. We also saw the secluded paradise of Hamilton Island and the beautiful countryside where if you look close enough you can spot a troop of kangaroos sleeping underneath the trees in the shade. We were lucky to have the perfect weather while visiting however their winter and rainy season were just starting at the end of our trip. Australia’s seasons are opposite of ours so if you are looking to get away from the cold months of Alberta then November to February are the hottest months. However if you’re looking for hot but not +40C hot then between March and April may be for you. If you or your family members are adventure seekers, then Australia has a wide variety of different sports and tours for you. Surfing and paddle boarding are big amongst the Aussies. We spent the day in Manly, a little beach suburb about a 30-minute ferry ride from Sydney. We were given lessons by outgoing locals whose only mission was to get you to at least stand up, if not have you riding waves by the end and had you laughing the whole time. If water sports are not up your alley, tours such as sand tobogganing, skydiving, Sydney Harbour bridge climb and sailing the Whitsundays are all exciting options to explore. Australians are all about the outdoors and for good reason. The hikes that are available to you throughout the country are unbelievable and the best part is that no matter your fitness level or age, there is generally an option for everyone. Katoomba, just a short drive from Sydney, is home to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area where you will find a million hectares of gorgeous forest trees so dense that you can see blue for miles. If you are looking for history, the Aboriginal heritage can be found everywhere you look. The story of the Three Sisters, the markings written in stone along paths and even ancient ceremonial sites, ensure there is no shortage of history at the Blue Mountains.


SPECTACULAR - A variety of sea life, such as this turtle, can be explored in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Now how could I write an article about Australia without talking about the Great Barrier Reef ? Vibrant coral, sea turtles, sting rays, even dolphins in the horizon can all be found during a tour to this breathtaking natural wonder. There are many places along the coast where you will find tours to snorkel or dive the reef. However, I recommend reading up on the tour company before choosing which one to book with. The conservation of the reef is huge throughout Australia so you want to find a company that has the reefs ongoing interest at mind.

Australians are some of the most laid back people I have ever had the privilege to meet. In most towns and cities it is rare that shops and businesses are open past 4 p.m. (not including pubs of course). The simple reason for this is they would rather be out with family and friends enjoying a barbeque or laying on a beach with a cold beer. A person could really get used the carefree lifestyle of an Australian, which many people do. You will also meet people from all over the world from Canada to England to Bermuda and all points in between, whether they are travelling, going

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to school or have become permanent residents, the people are diverse. All in all Australia gave our family an amazing holiday and unforgettable memories. There is definitely too much history and adventure to pack into one trip. I would go again tomorrow if I had it my way. Australians do an excellent job at making you feel at home and safe which is so important. So, to everyone who is looking for their next vacation, I would put Australia at the top of the list. Sandrina Walker is a junior travel enthusiast and writer in Red Deer.


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Circus offers fun for all ages Photos and story by Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express The world famous Royal Canadian Circus spent the weekend in Red Deer under the big top in the parking lot of the Westerner grounds. Thousands of Central Albertans came out to enjoy all that the circus has to offer. The high-ying, awe-inspiring show featured a mix of acrobats, clowns and horse displays. And with something for the entire family to enjoy, the show was host to trapeze and aerial artistry, jugglers, unicycles and musical comedy as well. With performers from all over the world and multiple generations of performers from a number of world-renowned circus families including the Zerbini and Winn families, the performances were diverse and had watchers on the edge of their seats. As a way to give back to the communities in which they perform, a portion of the proceeds from the Royal Canadian Circus went to the Red Deer Food Bank & Kids Up Front.

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ENTERTAINMENT Cornerstone Youth Theatre stages Hercules The young local troupe delves into the famed tale of Greek mythology BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express Cornerstone Youth Theatre is gearing up to unveil their latest theatrical production – Hercules – A Hero’s Tale – opening Friday evening at the First Church of the Nazarene. Curtain is 7 p.m. Additional shows, including several matinee performances, run through to June 8th. Director Evan Rein, who co-directed Grimm Fairytales earlier this year, is in the director’s chair this time around. Cornerstone Youth Theatre produces three musicals per year. As to the production, it is described as Greek mythology at its best featuring Hercules, an ‘awkward hero’, a mentoring sidekick named Platie and an ‘anything but helpless’ love interest nicknamed Nani. Audiences will enjoy watching this boy grow into the man he wants to be as he learns to use his might for what is right. “He’s a young boy who is trying to find a place to belong. What he’s really after is a destiny,” says Rein. “He doesn’t know what he wants or where he should go, so he’s trying to find his place in the world.” He doesn’t really fit in at home, and finds himself getting into trouble. “So his adoptive father sends him on a journey so he can find his destiny. Along the way he runs into Zeus, his actual father, and finds out that he is indeed different than his peers. “Zeus explains that in order for him to regain his immortality, he must solve three riddles.” Hercules embarks on an adventure to reach that goal. Of course, there is plenty more packed in along the way, too. As Rein points out, his approach to directing the show proved quite collaborative. “My idea is that when we are

rehearsing, the best idea wins,” he said. “So if an actor comes up with an idea or choice that works then we will go with it. But I would always come to rehearsal with predetermined blocking and ideas of what I want the show to look like. “But one of the great aspects of working in theatre is collaboration – there are so many different aspects to it.” In planning the show, much of the shape of the story was of course mapped out in the script. The troupe is using a version that was penned by Andy Orr – husband to Cornerstone Youth Theatre’s artistic director Stephanie Orr. “He’s also the composer and the lyricist, so we’ve worked really closely with him,” explained Rein. The production also features a number of songs as well as choreography, so it’s a big undertaking. Not to mention the fact the cast numbers 54. “It’s a mega-musical,” he adds with a laugh, noting there are about 23 tunes woven into the production’s plot. “It’s really a story of redemption and a story of grace. I hope that it instills hope in the viewers.” Rein, a Red Deer native, got his own start with Cornerstone Youth Theatre as a student. His passion for the theatre was sparked as a youngster when he and his brother would make home videos and try all kinds of visual effects. “I then went to a drama camp when I was 16, and that was actually my first stage experience.” His first official acting stint with the troupe was back in 2010 in Charlotte’s Web. He continued on and wrapped up three more shows. After that he moved to Calgary and continued to act with Storybook Theatre and Evergreen Theatre. It was also while living in Calgary that he studied with the Company of Rogues Ac-



MAGICAL MUSES - The Cornerstone Youth Theatre is set to stage their production of Hercules – A Hero’s Tale which opens this Friday at 7 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene. This version of Hercules is played by Connor McKee and the nine muses of the story in their golden gowns who are played by Taurai Anderson, Vanessa Hodgins, Simran Mullakady, Isabel Deutscher, Rebecca Curtis, Bella Filiatrault, Ally Mah, Ceanna McKee and Madison Kersey. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

tors’ Studio and the Loose Moose Theatre Company. He eventually returned to Red Deer, and took on the co-directing role with the aforementioned Grimm Fairytales this year. It proved a compelling shift away from acting, but a fulfilling one. “As a director you are thinking about everything. As an actor, you really only have one person to worry about, but as director you have the entire team to be thinking about.” Cornerstone Youth Theatre provides local young people with an opportunity to be involved in quality theatrical experiences

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where they can explore the world of the stage on many levels. Typically, plays feature youth from the ages of eight to 18. There are also lots of opportunities to volunteer as well, organizers say. This can mean family members being along for the ‘ride’ as their son or daughter hones his or her skills during the course of rehearsals leading up to a particular production. Ultimately, it provides a wide range of parts that fit with the various levels of experience and confidence the kids bring with them. But of course, it’s a joy to see how they grow as rehearsals unfold.

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Rein said he is inspired by the cooperative nature of those involved, and as the play is about to be unveiled, it’s rewarding to see how all the elements fit together in a seamless production. “It just amazes me how many aspects there are that I don’t even get to see,” he adds. “And then somehow it all comes together.” For performance times, details about matinee performances and additional ticket information, call 403-986-2981 or check out www. Tickets are also available at the door.

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Ross Street Patio heating up for summer BY KALISHA MENDONSA Red Deer Express Ross Street Patio performances will be back for the summer after the official kick-off celebrations on June 6. “It’s a space in the summertime that we really bring alive in the downtown core,” said Wendy Meeres, culture community development coordinator for the City. “We see lots of people spending their lunchtimes down there, as well as in the evening.” The patio was constructed as an outdoor space where buskers, street performers and artists can perform in front of the relaxed crowds in the summer. Live music, hands-on art projects and good eats are awaiting the City to kick-start the celebrations this year. “It’s so nice on the patio in summertime. It just brings so much life to

downtown,” said Meeres. “We’re starting the kickoff with some activities at lunchtime. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there is a band coming called Soulful Noize and a green art project, which will be quite different. It is something that we’ve done before and found it was very attractive for people,” she added. The patio will officially open with a performance by Red Deer raised artist Marla Torgerson. She describes her music as varied from 70s rock music to folk and soul. “It’s exciting for me. Performing in Red Deer is easy for me because the people here seem to have a pallet for live music. They seem to be able to appreciate it. People here are down to earth,” she said. “This is great. I get to be kind of the one that sets it off with a good energy and gets everyone excited. I’m going to try and keep it

a little more up beat because I think that’s better for how we want to get things started out.” She will be previewing her upcoming album, set to be out late summer or early fall. Her performance will move from piano to up beat guitar rhythms as the noon hour grows. Red Deer band Soulful Noize is looking forward to hitting the stage. What makes this band unique is that all of the members of this band struggle with different forms of disabilities, either mental or physical. They came together over a love of music and happily share their energy around Red Deer, including The Hub. Along with the musical entertainers, ‘green’ artist Micheal Huyzer will be creating art with recycled materials. For this event, they will be demonstrating how to create new art with old vinyl records.

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After his demonstration, bystanders and diners can join in and create something for themselves. Those wishing to participate in the art event are encouraged to bring old vinyl albums due to an approximate availability of 60 records. Special Event Programmer for cultural services Peter McGee also added for audiences to “Be on the lookout for something flashy”. Last year, the patio kick-off surprised audiences with a singing flash mob. McGee gives his word that this isn’t “Just another dancing flash mob.” He said

turn them into champion professional baseball pitchers. At first the idea doesn’t seem to be working out, and the trip to India is more chaotic than exotic. But with the help of a sleepy retired scout (Alan Arkin) he eventually finds two potential stars, played by Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi and Madhur Mittal from Slumdog Millionaire. They don’t know anything about baseball (the game is almost unknown in India), but there’s big money involved, and a trip to America is a prize in itself. Once in L.A., a professional coach (Bill Paxton) tries to turn them into baseball pros. Lake Bell scores in her brief appearances as the love interest and Hamm

shines in a role quite different from his character in Mad Men. The plot is based on a true story (there are pictures of the real people involved during the end credits) and while it is utterly predictable, it’s a pleasant, entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. Offbeat for a sports film, but the characters are human and likable and, as with most Disney movies, you will feel good when you leave the theatre. Rating: four deer out of five

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Tackling the dos and don’ts of dieting Wonder why you’re not losing weight when you’re trying so hard? What could you be doing wrong? Sometimes you think you’re doing all you can to lose weight, but there’s something holding you back. Maybe you were told to do the wrong thing, you’re going about it the wrong way, or you’re holding onto a lifestyle habit that’s getting in the way. Whatever the problem is, take heart! With this quick refresher course for successful weight loss, you’ll be on track to drop weight the healthy way. It was true 100 years ago and remains true today - breakfast is the most important meal of your day. On top of providing the fuel your body needs to function at its best, breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism to keep it running all day. On top of that, those who regularly eat a healthy breakfast weigh less than those who skip this meal—even when it’s as simple as a bowl of oatmeal or a protein shake. Drastically cutting calories will lead to fast weight loss for a while, but it’s not the healthy way to lose weight. Diets of this sort will lead to losing muscle rather than the fat you need to cut. Less muscle means a slower metabolism, which ultimately makes it harder to lose and keep weight off. Skipping meals can easily lead to overeating when you finally have food in front of you. In addition, too few calories equals low energy, which can prevent you from exercising. “I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. You’re not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I’d be devastated.” - Jennifer Aniston Skip the diet beverages, the artificially sweetened drinks, and the energy drinks and choose water instead. It’s often easy to mistake hunger for thirst so keep a water bottle nearby all day to


WHEELER sip on. Also, drinking a glass of water before each meal will help you feel fuller faster and help you eat less. Sleep isn’t just important for energy. It’s essential for regulating your metabolism, and if you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter, you probably know that tired

people eat more. An added bonus: when you’re asleep, you can’t eat. Aim to get an average of eight hours of shut-eye each night. What? If your diet is based on cutting out all fat, think again. Certain fats are needed for good health. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are perfectly fine to eat in moderation. Olive oil, fish, nuts, and avocadoes are healthy sources of fats. Just be careful to limit saturated fats and avoid trans fats. A diet that prohibits your favourite foods is setting you up for

failure. It’s too tempting to give up a diet and overindulge when you’re deprived of all treats. The smart way to diet is to include small amounts or a low-calorie version of your favorite foods every once in a while in your meals. The key is moderation. Want to lose more weight? Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat and when. This habit makes you think twice about what you put in your mouth. With a food diary, you can see unhealthy patterns emerge (dessert before bed every night) and you will even begin to feel ac-

countable to your journal. You may have heard it’s not helpful to weigh in often, but people are actually more successful at weight loss when they keep careful track of their progress. Aim to step on the scale once or twice a week and log your weight in your journal. Don’t despair if the scale doesn’t say what you hoped. Just follow the tips above, eat healthy meals and snacks, get plenty of exercise, and you’ll see that number get lower and lower. Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.

FUN FAREWELL – The Hunting Hills High School class of 2014 celebrated their graduation last Friday at the Centrium. Nathan Milavong, 18, Torel Pang, 17, and Allan Ha, 17, were among the graduation class and were proud to throw their caps in the air to commemorate the day.

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Boomers now know the pain of arthritis Psst! Do you want a tip on how to make millions of dollars? Buy a company that sells painkillers. Why? Because the boomer generation is starting to hurt more with each passing year. And they expect effective relief from the agony of arthritis. What boomers want, they expect to get. But how successful will they be? Several years ago, Dr. Nicholas Di Nubile, a Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, added a new word to the English language, ‘Boomeritis’. He said boomers were the first generation to become obsessed by exercise, and they are paying the price by becoming banged-up boomers. Today, there are 76 million boomers in the U.S and six million in Canada. By pushing their bodies too hard they’ve developed

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JONES bursitis, tendonitis, arthritic hips and knees and a host of other traumatic problems. The generation following the boomers could benefit from a lesson from them, and from Aristotle, who, centuries ago, preached the value of moderation. But by keeping a stiff upper lip when intense exercise starts to hurt, today’s determined health fanatics are on the road to eventual pain. I’ve yet to see a happy looking jogger. And the

bandaged knee, elbow or wrist has become, for the boomer, a badge of honour. So where will joggers and other banged-up baby boomers find relief ? For some of their degenerative joints, deterioration has progressed so far that the only hope is a joint replacement. Other boomers may, with luck, ease the pain and reverse joint damage by lesser measures and more modest activity. During an interview with Dr. Julian Whitaker, a California expert on natural remedies, he stressed the aim is to restore damaged cartilage. He says that boomers should take 2,500 milligrams (mg) of Vitamin C daily which slows the development of osteoarthritis and eases pain. Vitamin C is needed to produce collagen, the major component

of cartilage. Vitamin D3 400 international units (IU), Beta carotene 15,000 IU and natural Vitamin E 800 IU are also helpful. Whitaker adds that 1,500 mg of glucosamine daily in divided doses along with chondroitin sulfate helps to build new cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate, like glucosamine, is abundant in cartilage. It works by holding onto water which gives cartilage its cushioning effect and also inhibits enzymes that break down cartilage. The Whitaker Wellness Center also uses a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic procedures and magnets to ease the pain of arthritis. In addition, a number of herbs are used such as Tumeric which promotes strong anti-inflammatory activity, along with ginger, the common cooking spice, and several other herbs. A procedure called viscosupplementation is useful

for some patients. Our joints contain synovial fluid to cushion the impact between bones. As we age this fluid is weakened but an injection of synovial-like fluid can ease pain for up to six months. What about rub-on ointments to ease pain? One cream with a mile-long name ‘Preferred Nutrition Celadrin Joint Care Relief Cream’ is an effective, natural anti-inflammatory compound, a mix of esterified cetylated fatty acids, derived from bovine tallow oil. It works by adding oil to the cell membranes, restoring fluids and improving joint flexibility. In addition, fatty acid esters are combined with natural menthol to provide relief of pain in the joints and surrounding muscles. What about the science behind Celadrin? A double blind study at the University of Connecticut evaluated the effect of Celadrin cream 30 minutes after it

was applied. This revealed decreased pain within 10 minutes. Additional studies were done 30 days later after the cream had been used twice a day. This showed decreased pain and stiffness, better mobility, strength and balance. Studies also show that Celadrin works similar to, but much more dramatically than, the essential fatty acids EPA and HDA derived from fish oils. The suggested dosage is applied to the affected area three to four times a day. But the cream should not be applied to wounds or damaged skin. Lastly, don’t neglect to fight obesity. If you weigh 150lbs, the pressure on the joints increases to 450 pounds on movement. When going down stairs, it reaches 900 lbs. Weight loss can also help to preserve the joint function of banged-up baby boomers. See the web site www.docgiff. com. For comments

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Melt butter in frying pan over medium - high heat. Add orzo and sauté, stirring for two minutes until slightly brown. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until orzo is tender and all the broth is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Mix in Parmesan and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Serves six.

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Buccaneers gearing up for start of season BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express There is quite a range when you check birth certiďŹ cates of players on the Central Alberta Buccaneers football team. In fact, you could go to almost any team in the Alberta Football League and ďŹ nd a similar demographic. Players new to the game, some who have been there a few years and others with more stories and injuries than they care to count. The dynamic is such that you’ll ďŹ nd players just fresh out of high school and others who are close enough to have kids at an age where they could be playing high school ball right now. Veteran Jason Patrick is back for a second season with the Bucs and he looks forward to another summer of senior football in the Alberta Football League. “I just love the game,â€? said the 43-year-old who was one of the founding members of the Calgary Gators back in the 80s. “I like hanging out with the guys and I’ve been playing it since the mid 80s so this would be 30 years now.â€? The other side of the coin is 19-year-old Elliott Mabbitt who joined the team this year after only two years of football experience. “I played in high school and I loved it and I was just sitting around in school (Red Deer College) this year and I got bored,â€? explained the native of Halkirk about why he joined the Bucs. He had a friend on the team who was urging him to give it a shot and he relented but doesn’t regret the decision. Patrick, who has played about every position in the game except cornerback, says he can share his years of experience with younger players like Mabbitt. “It’s good to see them want to continue on playing. They’re a little cocky at times so sometimes they need to be taught a little bit of a lesson. But you know most of

the kids are willing to listen and learn.� After a hard night of practice Mabbitt admits he’s a little out of shape and should work harder. Patrick says the game is still fun but the aches, pains and getting all taped up to play are reminders of wars from the past. “Well that part is no fun anymore, trying to get into your shoulder pads (which are 24 years old)

and getting taped up, the Absorbine Junior and all that,� he said. “The fun part is when you step onto the grass and the contact.� Both players agree the camaraderie shared by the players is what is really attractive about playing a full contact sport like football. Mabbitt says he’s looking forward to going up against men this football season as opposed to high

school players. “It’ll be an experience that’s for sure and I hope I can come out on top in at least a few battles.â€? For Patrick, the future with the Bucs is almost a week to week decision with work and family obligations biting into each day but he’s enjoying his time on the ďŹ eld with his teammates and hopes to continue as long as his body will allow him to.

“I’ve talked to the coaching staff and if this works out then great. If not then I’ll maybe come out and hold a clipboard and see if I can help out. One way or another I want to be involved with the team.� The Bucs open the season against the Calgary Wolfpack June 7th at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe.

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Major golf tour includes Central Alberta stops BY JIM CLAGGETT Red Deer Express Nineteen years ago a plan was hatched to support junior golf in Alberta. The idea has reached a maturation of sorts with the golf courses onboard according to the executive director of the McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour. “The majority of sites on the tour have been with the tour either since its inception or at least within the first two or three years of the tour,” said Dunc Mills. There are 26 stops on this year’s edition and Mills said the course operators deserve a pat on the back for their contribution. “These clubs that we’re hosting the events at give up their courses for free for the kids so the money they collect from entry fees goes back to these kids in prizes and the meal. It wouldn’t exist without these sites.” The Edmonton law firm of McLennan Ross has been with the tour since day one after the decision was made to support a tour which touched on the de-

velopment of golfers. Douglas Forer, a partner with the firm, said the backbone of the tour is really the parents who put on a lot of miles. “Getting the kids to the tournaments, showing them around, making sure that they are here to participate, we really value those parents.” An issue crops up each year and that is getting more young girls involved. Mills said if he had the magic to achieve a 50/50 balance of boys and girls on the tour he would have associations from around the world knocking on his door. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. “One thing I was encouraged with last year was the number of new girls that were coming out and playing some competitive events.” He credits Golf Canada and Alberta Golf for introducing the game to them but he feels more players are close to joining. The tour gets underway May 31st at Drayton Valley with the final at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on Aug. 25th.

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TAKE DOWN – The Red Deer Titan’s faced off against the Calgary Irish last Saturday at the Titan’s Rugby Park. Irish Jackie Sparks received the ball just to get taken down by a trio of Titans. The Irish took home the win with a final score of 30-15. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express

Thoughts on World Hockey Championships We are nearing the time of year when people are ready to plant gardens. We are also at the time of year when the World Hockey Championships have wrapped up. What? You weren’t aware there was another international tournament going on while the NHL is still playing and the Memorial Cup is done? This is the tournament where the players and officials are covered in enough logos to make a NASCAR driver jealous.


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to play more. As for losers, well check their stats over the years and you can see what this writer apparently couldn’t. As for this international game of shinny, unlike the Olympics and the World Junior tournament, I’d be hard pressed to find many hockey fans who can’t wait for this tournament to start. It might be time to close the book on this get together as more and more big name players are staying home to recover from the rigors of their full-time job. Oh, and the Vancouver Province reporter who pointed at the Oilers young trio in his column should take a quick glance at the Canucks who were not there. Some guys named Sedin and another one name Kessler. Just saying.

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big name players wearing their country colours in this one as most are done with hockey by now. Sure some make the trip but for the most part the teams are young third and fourth line players with the odd big name tossed in there for each team. But some columnist in Vancouver went on a rant about three Oilers who refused the invite to play. He called Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall chronic losers and criticized their decision not to go represent Canada. All three have done just that many times and I would say we could give them a pass. They were apparently hurt as they played another dismal Oiler season. At least, that was the official line on not going overseas

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PERFECT POWDER ROOM - This ensuite master bathroom in a Mason Martin show home in Red Deer is magnificently mosaiced with tiles and complete with a seated shower, a large tub and a built in vanity.

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Retro trends are making a comeback We were having a discussion yesterday about how everything old is new again. Neon brights are everywhere (it’s hard not to miss them) and retro styling have reached back into the past to present us with low slung furniture and hippie inspired prints. There is very little that hasn’t presented itself as a rerun from the past and for those of us who grew up in the 70s it is sometimes hard to embrace these ‘new’ trends. When I was little we lived in a wonderful three-storey brick home (which inspired my love for old homes) and my mom gutted the entire thing and made it her own when we moved in. We


MECKLER endured months of hanging plastic, breathtaking paint fumes and sawdust in our sock drawers – you have to love renovations. The kitchen had a small bathroom attached to it which my mom removed and created a niche for her stove and fridge, it had a really fun arched ceiling and was covered with a product called Zbrick. Z-brick was a fun, sliced brick product which made inte-

rior spaces look like they were actual structural brick walls. Now, 40–ish years later we are embracing the city loft style and interior brick walls are a must have. If you have an interesting cantilever, niche or two-storey stairwell this could be the perfect place for a faux brick look. The loft visual can be achieved with actual brick, brick veneer, wallpaper, paint or murals. Our store did a booth at the recent Red Deer Home show using a mural which represented a crumbling brick wall. The visual was very cool and helped us pull off our loft booth. The wallpaper or mural treatment is a wonderful solution for those of you who may like the

look but don’t want the maintenance of true brick. One drawback of brick is that in an interior application it is difficult to wash and keep clean but if you truly love the look you will be willing to overlook that flaw. Another retro comeback is wood panelling - I know! Some of you are cringing remembering basements past or possibly you still have panelling in your home. The good news is that it is making a comeback; the bad news is it has changed to a more rustic, hand sawn look. Designers are using laminate or floating floors to feature walls and reclaimed boards and barn wood are a wonderful feature for anyone looking

to recreate the warehouse space. Chunky metal hardware meets restored or pale streaked wood, it is a glorious style and I can’t wait to see more. While I don’t suggest you bring out the bell bottoms and Grateful Dead t-shirts just yet, keep an eye on the blast from the past trends. These retro new spaces are yours to discover. Even though we live in a region without many old spaces to restore, you can still achieve that loft/warehouse space look in your own home with a brick wall or two and possibly some wood panelling. Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


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Be prepared for the mortgage you apply for To some the word ‘mortgage’ is intimidating. Mortgages are not difficult to get and in many cases today can be cheaper than paying rent. There are many different programs out there to help you get into a mortgage whether you have the down payment saved, gifted or are borrowing.


BOURKE Whenever you apply for a mortgage, the lender is going to have some conditions that need to be fulfilled before they will fund the money. Some of the standard things that you will need on a purchase no matter what the circumstance are: Void cheque or automated withdrawal slip - this will give the banking information to the lender to make automatic payment from your account that is set up. No matter where you get your mortgage you do not have to change any of your day-to-day banking. Name of a lawyer- every purchase that you do will have to be finalized through a lawyer. There

are lawyers that do real estate transactions or most family law lawyers will do these as well. If you are unaware of a lawyer to use, ask your real estate agent or mortgage broker for a referral. Down payment - if you are using money that you have saved over time, the lender will look for a three month history of your savings. This can be copies of bank statements, RRSP statements or investment statements. If the statements are printed off the web, they do need to have your name on the sheets or an account number that matches the void cheque as the account has to be confirmed to be yours. If you are receiving a gift from a family member you must have a gift letter signed by both the person giving the gift and yourself. The bank will ask for proof of deposit into your account. Some banks ask for the person giving the gift to prove the money had come from their own savings or investments. Offer to purchase- if you are using a real estate agent, the realtor will go over your offer to purchase with you. The lenders would require a copy of the offer to purchase and the MLS listing for the property. If you are look-

ing at purchasing a ‘for sale by owner’ home. Have your lawyer look over the offer before you sign anything. If you are building a home, the lender would like to see a copy of the floor plan and the specs for the home with their offer. If you are using the sale proceeds from selling a home and purchasing another the lender would like to see: Offer to purchase on sale with waivers - the bank will look at the purchase price on the offer to purchase if there is an unconditional sale of the home. Mortgage statement - the lender will take the sale price from the sale of your home and compare it to the mortgage statement to confirm the down payment on the new home. If your home is clear title they will ask for a copy of your land title to confirm this. If you are on an hourly wage or in a salary position the lenders would look for: Income letter and pay stub - on the income letter they are looking for it to state how long you have worked for them and the position that you hold. If you are working hourly, how many hours you are guaranteed. If you are on a salary, what is your monthly or annual salary? If you have worked for

them less than one year, they will look for confirmation that there is no probation. This needs to be dated within 30 days from the application date and must be on the company’s letterhead with a name, contact number and signature from management. The pay stub is used to confirm what is stated on the letter and also must be from within the 30-day period. If you are self-employed the lenders do like to see a little more paperwork. What the lenders would be looking for is: Personal T1 generals - for the last two years. These are forms that are sent into the government for review of your taxes. Personal notice of assessments - for the last two years. These are the blue sheets that the government mails back to you when you file your personal taxes. Business financial statements for the last two years. These are the sheets that are given to you from your accountant that shows the assets, liabilities and income that your company has made. Sometimes in rare circumstances they may ask for stuff like: Slow credit explanation - if in the past there was some missed payment on some items on your credit bureau, the bank just asks


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for you to write down an explanation to them for the reasoning behind the late payments. Confirmation of debts paid sometimes to qualify the bank will ask that a credit card or loan is paid out. The bank will ask for a statement from the company or a bank statement showing this has been paid. They may ask for proof of where the funds came from to pay this off, just to make sure it did not come from money that was supposed to be the down payment. Divorce/separation agreement - if this has been the case in the past, lenders want to see that there is no child or spousal support payments. If the payments are required then they must follow into the qualifying guidelines. They also are making sure the former spouse does not have the dower rights to the property. Those are your basic papers and information that your lender will be looking for to complete the purchase of your new home. Buying a home should be one of the most exciting times in your life so being prepared can remove a lot of the stress of buying a home. Scott Bourke is an accredited mortgage professional with Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group.

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