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A-list index A place to call home page 4 No shortage of things to do page 7 Avid library users page 8 This is my Red Deer page 12 Using local ingredients page 14

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Welcome to Red Deer’s A-list I

n August, the Red Deer Advocate began asking readers to tell us the best of what Red Deer and area has to offer. Our readers voted in more than 100 categories ranging from favourite piece of public art to favourite place for ice cream. The overwhelming response showed us you do have your favourite places to shop, hang out, have fun and do business.

And while there was only one winner in each category, the real winners are the people in Red Deer and area. With its wealth of shops and services, entertainment venues and restaurants, Red Deer is an ideal place to live, raise a family, visit or do business. Join us in celebrating our inaugural A-List. See if your favourites made the list or see if there’s something new here you’ve yet to discover.

Results pages 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23 Hometown heroes page 24 Business friendly page 25 Outdoor activities page 26 Low cost, high taste page 28 College inspires all page 29 City for all seasons page 30 Red Deer is ready page 31

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Red Deer City Hall Park is only one of several gems for residents and visitors alike to discover in Red Deer.

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CONGRATULATIONS To Kimberly Debora & her daughter Lacey for winning $250 in groceries by submitting their favourites to the Advocate A-List!

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Left to Right: Kimberly Debora, her daughter Lacey and Advocate Advertising Manager Wendy Moore



Thank You Red Deer We Like You Too! TD Village Mall

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Branch Manager: Dave Smith

Branch Manager: Joey Diaz

TD Downtown

TD SouthPointe Common

Branch Manager: Meghan Kennedy

Branch Manager: Douglas Potter

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o be quite honest, raising a kid in Red Deer wasn’t my original plan. My wife and I were born and raised in Ontario. We met here in Red Deer and had always talked about moving back to raise our family near their grandparents. But something changed. We found Red Deer had a lot to offer young families and now, eight months into this life-changing event, it has been a great experience. One of the earliest memories I have with my daughter Norah was partaking in my favourite Red Deer pastime – walking the trail system. My daughter was born in January, in the dead of winter. That didn’t deter us. If she is going to grow up in Alberta, she has to get used to the cold. Near our house


we have access to many trails. This winter, they were extensively plowed by a very kind neighbour with a quad and a snowplow making it easy for us to get out of the house and go for a walk. Since then, the trails and easy access to nature are an important part of our daily life. Trails are the easy out when describing what you appreciate about Red Deer. It seems everyone loves the trails, and with good reason. The commitment to preserve green spaces and public trails has served the city’s residents well.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 In Red Deer, we have a community. A community where we meet friends at Three Mile Bend randomly when we go to let the dog run around, where we go to the Saturday market and there are people we can meet with and chat. Or the trip downtown to enjoy the Ross Street Patio on a warm summer afternoon, listening to someone tap away on the piano or one of the many artists who perform during the summer, brings out the best of Red Deer. As she grows up, I know we’ll take advantage of some of the activities and sports offered in the city. She’s already no stranger to some of the local curling rinks and ball diamonds to watch her dad play. But places like the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery offer educational and fun activities that pique my interest and, hopefully, my daughter’s as she grows up. But also important is the city’s easy access to what Alberta has to offer. From our trip up Tunnel Mountain in Banff, with an infant strapped to my chest, to a day at the Calgary Zoo, having all these fun activities within driving distance makes Red Deer’s location ideal.

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre, one of Red Deer’s gems, is fun for the whole family,

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A tree swallow takes a sip from a pond at Three Mile Bend.

Cronquist Tea House

Thank You


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Red Deer is a great place to live, play, and have fun BY CLARA DAVIS SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE


y name is Clara Davis and I’m 10 years old. I like living in Red Deer because there are lots of fun places to go, like Jump 360 and the Collicutt Centre. The Collicutt Centre has swimming, skating, badminton, climbing walls, basketball, and skyball. Skyball is a trampoline with dodgeballs and a basketball hoop. My favourite place to go is JDs Fabulous Feet because I love to dance and it is my dance studio. There are some other dance studios in Red Deer too, such as Strive and Dance Magic. Some of my favourite places to eat are Dragon City Buffet, Shiso (I love sushi), and Dairy Queen. I love playing with my good friends on the street where I live. I love the new playground at my school, Mattie McCullough Elementary. I also like going to bookstores and shopping at the mall. I love walking my dog around the block, too. Red Deer is a nice size and nothing is too far away from where I live. I like that there are lots of open spaces to play. Although the winters are pretty cold, Red Deer is still a great place to live. Clara Davis lives in Lancaster with her sister Rachael, 12, twin brother Kai, and parents Laura and Roger Davis. Photo by ADVOCATE staff

Clara Davis of Red Deer walks her whippet puppy Ghost behind her house on a rainy day in September.

Thank You For Voting For Us As The Top 3 Realtors In Red Deer REAL PEOPLE REAL CONNECTIONS REAL RESULTS

FINALIST Favourite Realtor Wesley Giesbrecht 403-350-5674

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Read between the lines: Red Deer’s library system is fabulous BY BRIANA EHNES SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE


ed Deer is a city of movie watchers; at least that’s what data from Red Deer Public Library (RDPL) indicates. According to RDPL, DVDs are the most popular item the library lends, with more than 11,000 titles available at the Downtown Branch alone, Red Deerians checked out more than 17,000 movies in August 2017 alone.

In addition to DVDs, one of the most popular items checked out this year at the Dawe branch is a book titled Accent on Canadian English: A Pronunciation Program for Speakers of English as a Second Language. This is likely due to the thriving Adult Literacy program based out of the Dawe branch – only the second of its kind in Alberta. At the Timberlands Branch (which opened in the fall of 2014), top circulating items include: People Magazine, The Girl on the Train by Paula Haw-

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kins, and Game of Thrones: Season 2. In 2017, Fishbowl by Bradley Somer and the DVD Arrival were also at the top of the charts. In terms of books, big name authors are always popular with Red Deerians. This includes: James Patterson, Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, and Louis L’Amour, five of the most checked out authors at Red Deer Public Library since 2003. As for the most sought-after items this summer? That would be the DVD Guardians of the Galaxy, which has 39 holds. Glass Houses by Louise Penney is currently the most requested adult fiction book with 21 holds. To borrow items from the library’s collection of books, CDs, DVDs, videogames, and so much more, all you need is a library card. Library cards are free for all City of Red Deer residents until the end of 2017. Get one by visiting any Red Deer Public Library branch, or visit for more information. Curious what other items made the list? Check out Red Deer’s most popular items below: Red Deer’s most popular library items 1) CSI: Miami Season 1 (DVD) – 624 checkouts 2) Memoirs of a Geisha (DVD) – 557 checkouts 3) Mission Impossible III (DVD) – 532

checkouts 4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding (DVD) – 526 checkouts 5) In Her Shoes (DVD) – 514 checkouts Red Deer’s favourite picture books 1) The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss – 561 checkouts 2) On the Moon by Stan Berenstain – 497 checkouts 3) Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman – 478 checkouts Top 5 items of 2017 1) We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones(Book) – 475 checkouts 2) Sully (DVD) – 155 checkouts 3) Snowden (DVD) – 105 checkouts 4) Hacksaw Ridge (DVD) – 105 checkouts 5) The Girl on the Train (DVD) – 105 checkouts Most popular eBooks (OverDrive) 1) Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn – 367 checkouts 2) The Next Always by Nora Roberts – 366 checkouts 3) The Racketeer by John Grisham – 318 checkouts 4) A Wanted Man by Lee Child – 276 checkouts 5) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book 1 by E. L. James – 275 checkouts (All data is according to checkouts as of Sept. 25, 2017)

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There’s a force behind everything we do. It’s about showing pride in our work and being accountable to our customers. It’s achieving what we set out to accomplish and always striving to improve the customer experience—from start to finish. It’s about making our community a better place to live in. It’s about building real, honest relationships with our customers and never compromising on our values. It’s what sets us apart as a company and brings us all together as a family. We call it Integraty—our endless pursuit of excellence, every day for every customer.

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Red Deer Reads committee members Jill Griffith, Ann Harmon and Trish Klein take a look at this year’s Red Deer Reads book, We’re All In This Together, which tops the list of the Top 5 items so far at the Red Deer Public Library in 2017.

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A singer, actor and magician walk into a bar ... BY LESLIE GREENTREE SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE


’ve never forgotten, years ago, hearing a former acquaintance scoff at something he didn’t value, and say, “That’s not my Red Deer.” It emphasized for me how so many of us really do live in different versions of Red Deer, based on our hobbies, our work and our social circles. And so I’d like to share with you a handful of snapshots of my summer and fall: a smattering of the many reasons why I love Red Deer. So a singer, an actor and a magician walk into a bar … it’s not a joke, people, this is my life. My partner Blaine Newton and I are a pair of those weird creatives – I’ve published three books, we’ve written a play together, he’s an actor and playwright and sometime Blues Brother – and we know many local artists, actors, musicians and writers. Anyway, we were at CentreFest, one of my favourite festivals of all time: we laughed our heads off, threw money into street performer hats, then had a drink on the patio at To The Lost, where we found ourselves sitting with a singer, an actor and a magician. All completely normal for my Red Deer. Later that night, we went to the grown-up CentreFest show at The Krossing, where Blaine was invited up on stage to wrap a beautiful street performer in chains. That was less usual, I’ll admit. I drank wine, he chained and zip-tied, she escaped – all in all, a well-rounded evening. We were at the Scott Block a lot this summer:

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From left, Leslie Greentree, Kelli Electrix and Blaine Newton at Pride in the Park in August. the “Best of Bull Skit” season wrap-up, then in July for their annual fundraiser, where the undisputed highlight was seeing artistic director Jenna Goldade’s unborn baby take a pie to the face. I mean, you can never start kids too early in the arts. We were there again for Sketch Fest two weeks ago, which featured theatre teams from Red Deer, Winnipeg and Edmonton. We saw more improv and sketch at the Nickle Studio with Improv Jelly, and


yes, Blaine was in it, and he was hilarious. We spent a lot of time on the Ross Street Patio. I know this sounds like our life is one big party, but most artists have day jobs, and we both do. But after work in the summer, there’s nothing nicer than watching the world go by on Ross Street through a glorious filter of red and white petunias. One evening a young guy rolled up on his skateboard, sat at the Ross Street Piano and played. Another time, it was an older man with a bag of cans. A young couple, who I’m convinced fell in love in the moments they sat together at that piano. A gaggle of kids plinked out nonsense for five minutes. We applauded each one, and called out our thanks. Between those impromptu concerts and the scheduled live music, the Ross Street Patio is a vibrant summer space where I feel connected to my community. We heard three authors read this summer at The Coconut Room in Sunworks, the best venue in town for book events. And there were the First Friday art events downtown – a standout show for me featured all sorts of fantastic trees in the Kiwanis Gallery at Red Deer Public Library. And there was a stunning series of intricate pencil drawings in Sunworks’ White Gallery by talented Red Deer artist Erin Boake. First Friday art fun happens every month in this city. And it’s free to attend.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Three weeks ago, we attended the premiere screening of Break On Through, the new film by Red Deer’s Ignition Theatre.


Wow. Chills and champagne equal the best possible Saturday night date. Public screenings run October 14-18 at Welikoklad Centre and you do not want to miss this eerie and thought-provoking film. I carry with me a couple of particular visuals from this summer. The CentreFest fundraiser Benefit on the Bridge had food trucks, a bar, music by Overdue Blues Band, and fairy lights strung along the bridge above the sparkling river. It was magical. Then there was Pride in the Park – more live music, food trucks, rainbows, laughter and sunshine, all against the beautiful Bower Ponds backdrop. And Red Deer has our very own drag queens: Sparkle Emotion and Kelli Electrix! Fabulous! Y’know, I didn’t see that former acquaintance at any of these events. But he was out all summer, too, I’m certain, moving through his version of Red Deer, doing what makes him happy, seeing the people who define his close-knit community. After all, the healthiest, most successful cities are made up of all kinds of diverse elements – and the opportunities we don’t partake of are as important for their benefit to our fellow Red Deerians as the ones that deliver our own memorable experiences. Leslie Greentree is an award winning author of three books and weird greeting cards.

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Karen Vanlent provides back-up vocals as Jaydin Keith of Red Deer performs on the Ross Street Patio.

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Choose local for the best ingredients


iving in Central Alberta, it’s not difficult to find amazing ingredients that are grown and produced in and close to Red Deer. Our community can access a diverse range of foods to satisfy any type of diet and any kind of craving. Here’s a peek at some of the best local ingredients, which are available year-round: 1. Messinger Meats, Red Deer Shannon Having recently opened a store Yacyshyn front in south Red Deer, Messinger Meats is definitely not new to Red Deer meat lovers. This family business supplies a variety of hormone and chemical free meats raised in Lacombe, Blackfalds and Blackfalds and are processed in Mirror. The store offers a large selection of beef and pork, as well as some harder to find delicacies such as goat and lamb. If you want to impress at your next dinner party, check out their Tomahawk Steaks. They also offer a variety of house made sausages and deli products; their pepperoni is one of the best local meat sticks out there. (Also if you are not into cooking, the Red Deer location offers daily lunch specials to eat in or take out) 2. Pik-n-Pak Produce Ltd., Lacombe If you can’t make it to the local farmer’s markets, or can’t travel outside of the city to get fresh locally grown produce, Lacombe Pik-n-Pak has you covered with a large selection of hot house grown veggies. Lacombe Pik-n-Pak is sold at a variety of


Messinger Meats is one local business that makes Yacyshyn’s top five local ingredients list. grocery stores in Red Deer – just look for the labels! Most widely found are their tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers; affordable and truly local, you can get these at Superstore, Sinotts Your Independent Grocer, Co-op and Sobey’s. 3. Sylvan Star Cheese, Sylvan Lake Located just outside the town of Sylvan Lake on Highway 11A, Sylvan Star Cheese is a family owned business whose product can be found throughout Alberta, and here in Red Deer at most grocery stores, including Sobey’s, Save-on Foods, and Big Bend Market. Sylvan Star is famous for their Gou-


da; one of the most unique and delicious products is the Old Grizzly Gouda – try it with your next wine and cheese. Check out their store for interesting imported products and other local delights; they also give tours of the facility for a small fee with advance notice. 4. Totally Gluten Free Bakery, Lacombe A little secret hidden in Lacombe’s industrial area, Totally Gluten Free Bakery is worth seeking out, even if you are not gluten-intolerant. This friendly family owned business produces their own gluten free products including bread, cakes, cookies and muffins. The most surprising and delicious products are their gluten free pizzas; so popular they have three freezers dedicated to stocking them.The meat lovers pizza is a worth the drive to Lacombe (check their website for hours of operation and they are closed on Sundays). 5. Nixon Honey, Red Deer County One of Central Alberta’s sweetest gifts comes from a bee farm located about 30 minutes from Red Deer. Nixon Honey is often seen at community markets and craft shows; their products grace the shelves of most grocery stores in Red Deer. Now that the farmer’s market season has come to a close, it’s nice to know that we can still shop local while visiting our neighborhood grocery chain stores. Most of the producers have their own storefronts that you can buy direct from, but to avoid disappointment, make sure you look online or call ahead to make sure you visit during their business hours. Shannon Yacyshyn writes Kitchen Confessions Thursdays in the Red Deer Advocate.

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MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY IN 2017 40 Years of Group Travel FINALIST Favourite Travel Agency

Motorcoach tours can be a truly delightful way to visit your dream destinations, especially if it has been organized by a company that is proudly celebrating 40 years of service under the same ownership. Motorcoach tours operate throughout North America and to faraway places like Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and Iceland. Winter escape destinations are offered to sunny locales such as Texas, Arizona and California. Over 40 exciting holiday packages are available. Experience Eastern Canada, Alaska’s midnight sun, Hollywood, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, England’s Stonehenge, or Germany’s fairytale castles. Seniors find travelling with a Nagel Tours coach is especially suitable. The fun lies not only in reaching the final destination; the journey there and back is an opportunity to share experiences with new friends and form happy memories. Moreover, it is more economical to travel with a group than to make the travel arrangements yourself. All the trip details, transportation, lodging, baggage handling and sightseeing excursions are handled with just one call to your local travel agent or Nagel Tours at 1-800-562-9999. For more information visit

FINALIST Favourite Art Studio

A+ Art Gallery & Unique Collections Unit 203, 4919 49 Street, Red Deer, Ab. (

located in the Imperial Block, Downtown)

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RECREATION Favourite Place For Mountain Biking WINNER: Heritage Ranch Finalists: Bike paths Bower Ponds

Favourite Playground WINNER: Rotary Park Finalists: Bower Ponds Parkland CLASS

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Favourite Kid’s Summer Camp WINNER: Collicutt Centre Finalists: Red Deer College Camp Alexo

Favourite Place to Walk Your Dog WINNER: Three Mile Bend Finalists: Oxbow Off Leash Dog Park Heritage Ranch

Favourite Place for Kid’s Birthday Parties

Favourite Martial Arts Studio WINNER: Master Rim’s Finalists: Kensei Cheney’s Karate Studio

Favourite Yoga Studio WINNER: The Breathing Room Finalists: Bikram Yoga YARD

WINNER: Jump 360 Finalists: Treehouse Indoor Playground & Cafe Heritage Lanes

Favourite Place to Swim WINNER: Collicutt Centre Finalists: Recreation Centre Dawe Centre

Favourite Hike

WINNER: Kerry Wood Nature Centre Finalists: Heritage Ranch Rotary Recreation Park

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Favourite Family Activity WINNER: Camping Finalists: Biking Swimming

Favourite Red Deer Concert This Year WINNER: Tom Cochrane Finalists: Coleman Hell Dean Brody

Favourite Selfie Location WINNER: Bower Ponds Finalists: City Hall Park CPR/Old Train Bridge

Favourite Art Studio

WINNER: Hot Pot Studio Finalists: A+ Art Gallery and Unique Collections Color Me Mine


Favourite Local Artist Visual WINNER: David Moore Finalists: Tracey Macbeth Kachor Dennis Moffat

Favourite Local Performer WINNER: Randy Boulton Finalists: Gord Bamford Spandy Andy

Favourite Dance Studio WINNER: Dance Magic Studio Finalists: Chair Tease Dance Studio Strive Dance Studio

SHOPS AND SERVICES Favourite Fabric Store WINNER: Fabricland Finalists: Michaels Urban Farmhouse

Favourite Piece of Public Art WINNER: Sounds the Alarm (Fire Wagon) Finalists: Francis the Pig Fratters Mural Wall


Thank You RED DEER!

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• Bluetooth Handsfree

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• GPS Navigation Systems

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WINNER Favourite Cell Phone Store



TELUS Optik TV Smartphones 2-Way Radios/Rentals Business Solutions Vehicle Fleet Tracking TELUS High-Speed Internet GPS Systems Mobile Service Van Installation & Repairs Satellite Communications

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Favourite Nursery Gardening Centre

WINNER: Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre Finalists: Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre

Dentoom’s Greenhouses

Favourite Shopping Centre WINNER: Bower Mall Finalists: Parkland Mall Southpointe Common

Favourite Auto Service Repair Shop WINNER: Crusin’ Auto Repair Finalists: Dick’s Auto & Truck Repair Don’s Tire & Automotive Repair

Favourite Book Store WINNER: Chapters Finalists: Coles Red Deer Public Library

Favourite Dog Groomer WINNER: Fetch Haus Finalists: PetSmart Freedom House

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Favourite Cell Phone Store Favourite Home Decor WINNER: Telus Store Finalists: Bell Communications Group

Favourite New Car Dealer WINNER: Red Deer Toyota Finalists: Cam Clark Ford Southside Dodge

Favourite Used Car Dealer WINNER: Southside Dodge Finalists: MGM Ford Gary Moe

Favourite Childcare Centre WINNER: Brightpath Eastview Finalists: Red Deer Child Care Society Child care at Collicutt Centre

Favourite Candy Store WINNER: Sticky’s Candy Finalists: Bulk Barn Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut

THANK YOU! Thanks to all of our fans for choosing us as an A-List Finalist for Favourite Late Night Snack. We are proud to serve the Red Deer community delicious food morning, noon and night.

FINALIST Favourite Late Night Snack

WINNER: Home Sense/Winners Finalists: Pier 1 Bed Bath & Beyond

Favourite Tanning Studio WINNER: Fabutan Sun Tan Studios Finalists: Rob’s Tanning Planet Fitness

Favourite Jeweller

Favourite Furniture Store WINNER: Sims Furniture Finalists: Leon’s La-Z-Boy Furniture

WINNER: Clowes Jewellers Finalists: Mitchell & Jewell Peoples

Favourite Travel Agency

Favourite Liquor Store WINNER: Co-op Finalists: Solo Liquor Costco

WINNER: AMA Finalists: Expedia Cruise Ship Center Marlin Travel Agency

Favourite Music Store

Favourite Floor Covering Store

Favourite Financial Institution

Favourite Consignment Thrift Store

Favourite Optical Store

Favourite Realtor

Favourite Florist

Favourite Collision Body Shop

WINNER: 53rd St Music Finalists: Sunrise Records Walmart

WINNER: Servus Credit Union Finalists: RBC TD

WINNER: Carpet Colour, Carpet One Finalists: Central Alberta Tile One End of the Roll

WINNER: Bibles for Mission Finalists: Salvation Army Value Village

WINNER: Costco Finalists: Doctors EyeCare Red Deer Eye Care Centre WINNER: Stems Flowers & Cafe Finalists: Safeway Floral Expressions

Favourite Camera Store

WINNER: Janice Resch Finalists: Wes Giesbrecht Mike Wiseman

WINNER: Carstar Collision Finalists: First Choice Collision Scott’s 180 Collision

WINNER: McBain Finalists: Best Buy London Drugs


FINALIST Favourite Charitable Organization

Thank you for voting us your favourite Charitable Organization! BACON SLAMBURGER Crispy hash browns, an egg cooked to order, and two bacon strips atop a hand-pressed beef patty covered with Pepper Jack queso.

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Favourite Veterinary Clinic WINNER: Piper Creek Vet Clinic Finalists: Deer Park Pet Hospital Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital

Favourite Golf Course WINNER:

River Bend Golf Course & Recreation Area

Finalists: Alberta Springs Golf Resort Red Deer Golf & Country Club

Favourite Notary WINNER: Altalaw Finalists: Bruce Buckley

Johnston Ming Manning

Favourite Insurance Agency WINNER: Co-Operators Finalists: ING & McKee AMA

Favourite Computer Store WINNER: Best Buy Finalists: CompuSoft London Drugs


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Favourite Car Audio Store

Favourite Lawyer

Favourite Late Night Snack

Favourite Appliance Store


Favourite Bakery

WINNER: Visions Electronics Finalists: Vibe Car Audio Mod Garage

WINNER: Trail Appliances Finalists: Leon’s General Appliances Costco

WINNER: Trish MacSween Finalists: Barry Hamilton Brad Balon

Favourite Place for Ice Cream

Favourite Swimwear Store WINNER: Swimco Finalists: The TravelMan Sport Chek

WINNER: Little Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe Finalists: Dairy Queen Cone Castle café

Favourite Coffee Tea Shop

Favourite Strip Mall WINNER: Village Mall Finalists: Southpointe Common Clearview Market

WINNER: Tim Hortons Finalists: Dose Coffee Company Starbucks

Favourite Pub

Favourite Micro Brewery WINNER: Troubled Monk Finalists: Blindman Brewery Drummond

Favourite Fireplace Store WINNER: Fireplace Connections & Stone Finalists: Mr. Fireplace

WINNER: Bo’s Bar and Grill Finalists: Hudsons Chillabongs Bar and Grill

Favourite Hangover Restaurant WINNER: Denny’s Finalists: Phil’s Family Restaurant Humpty’s

WINNER: McDonald’s Finalists: Denny’s Wendy’s

WINNER: Cobs Finalists: Tasty Bakery Co-op

Favourite Butcher/Deli WINNER: Big Bend Market Finalists: Sobey’s/Safeway Co-op

Favourite Specialty Food Store WINNER: Big Bend Market Finalists: Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Food Purearth Organics

Favourite Farm Market WINNER: Saturday’s Public Market Finalists: Wednesday’s Downtown Market


FINALIST Favourite Yoga Studio

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Favourite Take Out Restaurant

WINNER: Papa Baldy’s Finalists: Pizza Hut Shiso Japanese Restaurant

Favourite Breakfast Restaurant WINNER: Cora Breakfast and Lunch Finalists: Phil’s Family Restaurant ABC Country Restaurant

Favourite Fast Food Restaurant WINNER: Wendy’s Finalists: McDonald’s A&W

Favourite Family Restaurant

WINNER: Boston Pizza Finalists: ABC Country Restaurant East Side Marios

Favourite Chinese Restaurant WINNER: Phoenix Buffet Finalists: China Ben Restaurant Red Star

Favourite Indian Restaurant WINNER: Indian Flame Finalists: Astha Tandoor n Flame

Favourite Italian Restaurant WINNER: Casa Pergola Finalists: Eastside Marios Dino’s Saro’s Restaurant

Favourite Vietnamese Restaurant WINNER: Pho Thuy Dong Finalists: Thap Ba Vietnamese Garden

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Favourite Sushi Restaurant Favourite Fine Dining WINNER: Shiso Japanese Restaurant Restaurant Finalists: Momo Sushi Sushi Maru

Favourite Thai Restaurant WINNER: Blue Dragon Finalists: Reuon Thai Sophear

Favourite Greek Restaurant WINNER: It’s All Greek to Me Finalists: Opa Saro’s

Favourite Outdoor Patio Restaurant WINNER: Earl’s Finalists: Original Joe’s Toad ‘N’ Turtle

Favourite Pizza Restaurant WINNER: Famoso Finalists: Boston Pizza Papa Baldy’s

WINNER: Westlake Grill Finalists: The Keg One Eleven Grill


Favourite Place To Go On A First Date WINNER: Heritage Ranch Finalists: Bower Ponds Browns Social House

Favourite Thing About Downtown WINNER: City Hall Park Finalists: Ross Street Patio Live music

Favourite Historical Place

WINNER: Cronquist House Finalists: Fort Normandeau; Red Deer Cenotaph


WINNER Favourite Community Event

Thank you Red Deer

for your votes and patronage over the last 45 years

Thank you Red Deer! Westerner Park is honoured to be a top finalist for both Favorite Place to Host an Event and Favorite Community Event (Westerner Days)! Thank you for returning year after year and making Westerner Park your destination for celebration!TM

Family Owned & Operated Since 1976 FINALIST Favourite Auto Service Repair Shop

4938 - 54th Ave Red Deer, AB T4M 5K3

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Auto Services • Repair • Maintenance

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U O Y R E E RED D E L I M S S MAKE U Thank-you on behalf of Drs. Nar and Nove Gill and all of our great staff for your votes for Favourite Dentist

Open evenings and weekends for YOUR convenience! Direct billing to insurance

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Favourite Part of Red Deer Finalists: Coronation Park Heritage Ranch Favourite Place To Host An Cruise Night WINNER: Favourite Charitable Event In Red Deer Cars WINNER: Finalists: Organization Heritage Ranch Food trucks CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20

Finalists: Westerner Park Sheraton Hotel


Favourite Community Favourite Place to “people Event WINNER: watch” Westerner Days WINNER: Ross Street Patio Finalists: Bower Ponds Bower Mall

Finalists: CentreFest Canada Day

Favourite Part of The Red Deer Festival of Trees WINNER: Trees Finalists: Taste of Red Deer Festival of Wines

Favourite Part of Westerner Days WINNER: Parade Finalists: Food Concerts

Favourite Politician WINNER: Tara Veer Finalists: Buck Buchanan Lynne Mulder

Favourite Section of The Advocate WINNER: Local news Finalists: Classified Comics

Favourite Place to Get Married WINNER: Bower Ponds

Side Street Fashion & Accessories

Favourite Womens Casual Clothing Store WINNER: Winners Finalists: Reitmans Ricki’s

WINNER: Salvation Army Finalists: SPCA Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta

Favourite Shoe Store WINNER: Shoe Warehouse Finalists: Payless Great Strides

Favourite Accessory Store WINNER: Claires Finalists: Ardenes Lululemon

Favourite Lingerie Store WINNER: The Bra Lounge Finalists: La Senza La Vie En Rose

Favourite Childrens Clothing Store WINNER: OshKosh Finalists: Children’s Place Old Navy

Favourite Cosmetic Counter WINNER: Sephora Finalists: Shoppers Drug Mart Bay

Favourite Hair Salon WINNER: Chatters Finalists: Copper Lane Safari

Favourite Drug Store WINNER: Shoppers Drug Mart Finalists: London Drugs Westpark IDA

Favourite Men’s Casual Clothing Store WINNER: Mark’s Work Wearhouse Finalists: Old Navy Alta

Favourite Hearing Clinic WINNER: Beltone The Hearing Centre Finalists: Strategic Hearing Riverland Heargin Clinic

Favourite Men’s Designer Clothing Store

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Favourite Massage Clinic

WINNER: Moores Finalists: The Bay Milano for Men

WINNER Favourite Women’s Designer Clothing Store

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Favourite Women’s Designer Clothing Store

Favourite Dentist

WINNER: Ryan Fleming Finalists: Tony Odenbach Clearview Market Dental

WINNER: Cheeky Coutures Boutique Finalists: The Bay



5 min. east of Red Deer at 26376 Hwy. 595 FINALIST Favourite Nursery Gardening Centre



(at the very East end of Ross Street, next to Buster’s Pizza)

WINNER: Totally Refreshed Steam, Spa and Salon Finalists: Safari Spa & Salon Black Rock Therapies


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Favourite Doctor

WINNER: Dr Shirley Hovan – Associate Medical Group Finalists: Dr Rossuw – Easthill Walk In Clinic Dr Tony Ford – Highland Park Walk In

Favourite Chiropractor

WINNER: Dr. Joelle Johnson – Family First Chiropractic Finalists: Dr. James Baker – Baker Family Chiropractic Dr. Lyle Smith

Favourite Sporting Event Anywhere WINNER: Hockey Finalists: Football Baseball

Favourite Vitamin Health Food Store

Favourite Denturist

Favourite School Team

Favourite Fitness Facility



WINNER: Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Food Finalists: Golden Sun Purearth Organics WINNER: Goodlife Fitness Finalists: Collicutt Centre 360 Fitness

WINNER: Totally Refreshed Steam, Spa and Salon Finalists: Safari Spa & Salon Milestones Spa

Favourite App

Favourite Medical Clinic

WINNER: Facebook Finalists: Instagram SnapChat

WINNER: Red Deer Rebels Finalists: The Riggers Central AB Buccaneers

Favourite TV Show WINNER: Big Bang Theory Finalists: Game of Thrones Grey’s Anatomy

Favourite Sports Field WINNER: Great Chief Park Finalists: Collicutt Centre Edgar Soccer Fields

WINNER: Walking Trails Finalists: People Community

WINNER: Notre Dame High Finalists: Lindsey Thurber Comprehensive High Hunting Hills High

Favourite Central Alberta Sports Team

Favourite Spa

WINNER: Horizon Finalists: EastHill Associate Clinic

WINNER: Associate Dental Finalists: Better Bite Bowmont

Best Thing About Red Deer

Favourite Radio Station


WINNER: Real Country 95.5 Finalists: Big 105 Kraze

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Rebels score big time with community work BY CAM MOON SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE

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Former Rebel Evan Polei takes a turn in net during a floor hockey game.


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Hey, what do those Rebels players do all day?” A question that gets asked all the time. Sure, they play hockey, a lot of it, but there are 24 hours in a day, what else do they do? The younger players are still in high school. They go to St. Gabriel Learning Centre to, um, learn. It’s quite a demanding schedule when you think about it. School during the morning, hockey in the afternoon and homework in the evening. When the Rebels go on a long road trip, they must keep up with the studies. On days off on the road, there’s usually a practice and then a study hall at the hotel. It certainly teaches good habits when it comes to time management. That serves the players well if they play university hockey after their time with the Rebels. Now the older players, the ones graduated from high school, they must have it easy. It’s easier than juggling high school and hockey, but they keep busy. Some take classes at Red Deer College. Nothing wrong with getting a head start on that post secondary education and Red Deer College is outstanding. But the Rebels are also very active in the community, and not everyone knows it. The City of Red Deer has a program called Partners In Progress where local businesses are paired up with elementary schools. Since the team’s inception, in the fall of 1992, the Rebels have been working with Annie L. Gaetz Elementary School. The Rebels players attend an assembly in the fall, and find out which classroom they will be helping with during the season. Then, on a semi regular basis, the players are teaching assistants. It’s

an amazing program and the players really become part of the classroom, part of the family. Also during the season, the Rebels players go to elementary schools to play some floor hockey. The school selects the students that will be playing, and lots of times the entire school comes out to watch. It’s hard to tell who’s having more fun, the elementary students, or the Rebels players. Subway provides lunch for the participants as well. To see the looks on the students faces as they meet and play, with or against, the Rebels players is heart warming. For the last few years, Rebels players have been submitting a chapter in One Book Many Schools. This is where people in Red Deer record reading a chapter of a selected book. Students from Red Deer can then access the audio book. Recently, Lane Zablocki went to Central Middle School to do a live reading of a chapter of Rebels Glory by Sigmund Brouwer. That is this year’s selection for One Book Many Schools. All of Grade 6 was in the library for this, and Zablocki the Rebels scholastic player of the year last season, did a great job. When the Festival Of Trees takes over a part of Westerner Park, the Rebels players help in the set up and tear down of the event. Festival Of Trees is such an important fund raiser and the Rebels players like to do a small part in assisting. So, you see, in between the games, practices and off-ice workouts, Rebels players stay active in the community and give back where they can. It’s all part of developing good people to go along with good hockey players. A chance to give back to the community that gives so much to them. Cam Moon is the director of media relations for the Red Deer Rebels.


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Owner knows what it takes to make a great business BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF


f you want to know what makes a good restaurant who better to ask than a man who has spent his whole life putting plates in front of hungry customers. Glenn Simon’s self-named restaurant has been at its Gasoline Alley location for 31 years. Before that, he had another restaurant just to the south. Go even farther back in time to 1969 and that’s when his father started Cy’s Koffee House in Gasoline Alley. Simon has a simple test to see if a restaurant owner is on the ball. “There are many clues. I drive around the building and if the back door blows in the wind, don’t go in. “That means they’ve got mice,” he says. “That’s your first clue. “Then when you go in, and the front entrance is clean and the washrooms are good, then probably the rest of the place is clean.” Cleanliness, good food and good service are the three ingredients every good restaurant must have, he says. “You’ve got to have all three. Those are the three things that will keep your customers coming back. “If you want more customers tomorrow, treat the ones you’ve got today well. “Word of mouth is very powerful.” Glenn’s Restaurant and Gift Shop and its giant teapot sign have been a landmark and oasis for highway travellers. He prides himself on a tea se-


Glenn Simon’s self-named restaurant has been in the Gasoline Alley location for the past 31 years. lection — 240 from around the world — available at the table or can be bought to go. When it comes to food, fresh is what keeps people returning. Giant cinnamon buns that could feed a family of four are made the old-fashioned way on site as just

one example. “We make everything as fresh as possible.” He makes the short drive to Costco three times a week to load up on the freshest supplies. “We go through a ton of blueberries,” he says, adding he also shops locally for many other ingredients. While every business talks about their good service, definitions are a little harder to find. “I can define it perfectly,” says Simon. “Good service is greeting the customer, making eye contact, listening to their concerns, correcting any mistakes and saying ‘thank you.’ “One of my best servers even thanks you for the dirty dishes. Who does that?” he says with a laugh. That kind of service pays off with good tips. It also tends to take the ornery out of even the most cantankerous customers. “We do get some grumpy people in, but we kill ‘em with kindness,” he says. His longest-serving waitress has 37 years on the job with him. “The youngsters have only been here with us 16 or 18 years,” he says. So where does Simon go when he’s not dining at his own place? He likes Leto’s Steakhouse and Bar in Lacombe. “I love that place. I have fabulous dill salmon there that I have all the time.” Another frequent stop for him and his wife Jessie is Red Deer’s Ranch House Restaurant and Bar. “I have the salmon wellington and their beef wellington in puff pastry. It’s delicious. “You gotta go there. Where do you get salmon and beef wellington anymore?”

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Places to feel strong and practice yoga



bit about me: I work, I play, and I do yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga for nine years, and I have been teaching for almost two in Central Alberta. Yoga became part of my life when I required better stretching for the long distance running I do. It has extended my joy of running, and it brought self-discovery into my life. I love practicing yoga outdoors in the fresh air.

Remember, yoga doesn’t have to be an hour of Sun Salutations or headstands. It can be five minutes of quiet reflection or any time you have, to create a conscious connection of recognizing sensations in your body and mind. Being out in nature is sensationally energizing. I have three favourite places to do yoga in Central Alberta: 1. Anywhere close to water. Sylvan Lake. A beach or a boat dock during sunrise is always amazing.

There’s a linking to the Water Energy Chakra when you can practice near water. 2. Mountain tops. Mount Coliseum just outside Nordegg. There’s nothing like reaching up to and almost touching the sky. Every time I raise my arms up in Warrior 1, I feel strong and alive. 3. My back deck. When I can’t get to the water or a mountain top, but the air outside is warm and inviting, I step onto my back deck to move and breath as my body needs.

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Karen Jaques practices yoga on Coliseum Mountain in the Nordegg area.


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It’s here.

We Thi eke s n

Beautiful in ways you can’t even imagine.


The all-new 2018 CAMRY.


WINNER Favourite New Car Dealer #J3005

Thank You Red Deer!

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BRING YOUR KIDS! Bouncy Games Face Castles Painting

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Cheap food all the rage when you’re on a budget BY MAMTA LULLA ADVOCATE STAFF


t’s no secret post-secondary students are often on a budget — including students at Red Deer College — and their food choices reflect just that. On college’s main campus, Tim Hortons rules the day. RDC students Kriselle Pico and Chealsea Gerrie, often get a bagel and a drink — iced capp or a frozen lemonade. Students find the two Tim Hortons locations on campus, rather convenient. “It’s a quick place to grab a bite and a drink and there’s an express Tims on campus,” said Theovaughn Granjambe, a Bachelor of Arts student majoring in psychology. Outside of the campus, students hit the Bower Place and are a fan of the variety at the food court. For Brooklyn Hughes, a first-year Bachelor of Science student, Manchu Wok will do. She recommends the eatery especially if you’re looking for cheap Chinese food in Red Deer. “There are various choices and you can pick the items you want,” she said.

For her friend, Samantha Wudkevich, Jugo Juice’s smoothie and flat bread combo at the mall is a healthier option that will run you around $12. Students who prefer to go to Red Deer restaurants have figured out a way to get their favourite meals on a budget — just look for the daily specials. Bo’s Bar and Grill Wednesday wing night is a popular option among nursing students Sarah Benson and Nicole Nicolay. For pasta lovers out there, Boston Pizza’s Tuesday pasta night will get you a menu pasta item for half the price, said Faythe Andrechek, a first year Bachelor of Education student at RDC. She recommends checking out Montana’s BBQ and Bar for weekly specials. For those indecisive moments McDonald’s is a go-to option for many students including Karn Toor, who is taking Bachelor of Commerce at Red Deer College and is originally from Edmonton. Andrechek is a McDonald’s fan as well. “I wish I didn’t eat out as much as I do,” she said. For Hailey Pehl, 21, a media studies student at RDC, a six-inch cold cut


Photo by Mamta Lulla/ADVOCATE staff

Faythe Andrechek, 23, a Red Deer College student likes to check out restaurant specials for more budget-friendly food choices around the city. combo at any Subway would satisfy hunger without putting you back financially.

Real Estate Is My Life! WINNER Favourite Consignment Thrift Store



LOCATION 2823 Bremner Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 1S2

(403) 340-2522


50% OFF SALE Oct 16th to Oct 21st

The franchise runs daily specials as well, offering various menu items at a cheaper price.

WINNER Favourite Realtor

TEL: 403-302-0910

Janice has had the p privilege of representing the REALTORS of Central Alberta in many positions over the years she has been active in Real Estate. Twice as President of the Central Alberta REALTORS Association, as Chair of the CARA REALTORS Charitable Foundation and as Director of the Alberta Real Estate Association. Janice works with both buyers and sellers of Residential Real Estate, Residential Acreages, and small investment Real Estate throughout Central Alberta communities including; Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Penhold and Innisfail as well as smaller centers in the area. Janice is proud to be the 3rd member of her family to serve as President of the Red Deer Real Estate Board, following in the footsteps of her father and brother. Janice is also the 2nd in her family to be given the Honour of being chosen by the Alberta Real Estate Association as "REALTOR of theYear." Janice received the award in 2012, her brother John was given the honour in 1999.

Thinking about volunteering?

When not busy in Real Estate (which is rare) Janice likes to spend time with her family- skiing, camping, vacations to Mexico, or just family dinners. Janice has 4 children, all in Red Deer, 2 married with beautiful children of their own.

There are many roles you can do with the family, Donated reused goods are sold, Giving renewed hope through our joint ministry with Bible League Canada through the Living Word of God.

Janice is the founder of the "Home Program" in Red Deer, an education and down payment assistance program for first time home buyers. Janice has volunteered on the "Red Deer Visitor & Convention Bureau" Board of Directors as well as the "City of Red Deer Canada Fit Week" Board of Directors. Janice is a founding member of the Waskasoo Optimist Club. Janice volunteered her time at Canyon Ski Hill teaching elementary students to ski during their physical education classes 2000-2010 Also following the tradition of Real Estate are 2 of Janice's sons. Scott Bourke is a Mortgage Broker with Regional Mortgage in Red Deer and has been in the mortgage business since 2002. Scott"s wife Christine Bourke is a licsenced REALTOR and proud member of "The Consider it Done Team" working closely with Janice.


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A place for students to be inspired, learn and grow BY ALISON JEPPESEN SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE


s a faculty member in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, I am privileged to work with faculty and staff from across Red Deer College and to hear about the incredible initiatives taking place. As a member of the wider Red Deer community and a parent, I have also seen what the college has to offer Central Alberta as a place for the whole community to engage in learning, arts, sports, and more. RDC offers more than 100 programs to more than 7,500 students in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Student life gives students opportunities to connect with each other outside their classes while faculty bring their expert knowledge and experience into their classes. What I have experienced at RDC is that every member of the college is dedicated to student success and I have heard students say that they appreciate the connections they are able to make with their instructors, their knowledge, their helpfulness, and their professionalism. When a student is at RDC, they are part of the RDC community. The School of Creative Arts offers live theatre, concert series, film events, and visual arts exhibitions throughout the year that highlight the award-winning work of faculty and students. As a parent, I remember my child’s amazement at experiencing his first live theatre at RDC watching Peter Pan come to life. Five years later, he still remembers this experience. As community members, we also have enjoyed participating in programs

File photo by ADVOCATE staff

The School of Creative Arts offers live theatre, concert series, like Collective Soul, above, film events, and other visual arts exhibitions throughout the year. offered by the college such as the summer camps. We are excited about the new Makerspace where students and community members can explore, innovate, and create. When I arrive at the college every morning, I see the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris as it nears com-

pletion. This has been a beautiful addition to the campus and to Red Deer. The opportunities it will give to students and to the region are exciting. When I look around the college, I also see the future of our region as students engage in discussions and projects that will impact generations. Often, these conversations and projects are open to the entire Red Deer community. Faculty from across the college are engaged in nationally recognized research. They bring this research into their teaching and often involve students. The Philosopher’s Cafe in the Library on free speech was standing room only. The Perspectives Speaker Series, which focuses on the Canadian perspective to current events, involves students grappling with issues that impact our city, region, country, and world. The School of Education’s Showcase of Learning, the School of Trades and Technologies’ participation in provincial, national and world Skills competitions, and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Agora Conference highlight for me, as both a College and community member, the impact that this institution has on students – and how they take this into the wider world. For me, RDC offers the community a place to engage, be inspired, learn, and grow – both on our campuses in Red Deer and, through our flexible delivery and partnership in Campus Alberta Central, throughout the region. As I watch the College grow and move toward the goal of degree-granting status to better serve the needs of our community – providing even more educational opportunities to central Albertans in central Alberta – I am inspired.

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Red Deer ’s outdoor venues truly a winter wonderland BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF


Contributed photo

Red Deer parks take on a bright new look in the winter season.

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ed Deerians can make like those plaid-shirted, beer commercial types and frolic outdoors in city parks this winter. “We are Canadian! When winter comes, we don’t shut the door — we head outside!” said an enthusiastic Barb McKee, recreation superintendent for the City of Red Deer. With the opening of the new speedskating oval in Great Chief Park this winter, and the count-down to the Alberta Winter Games in 2019, McKee said there’s “a real push” to make area residents aware of the yearround uses of our community parks and the Waskasoo Park system. When this city turns into a frosty winter wonderland and temperatures plunge below zero, workers will be grooming Red Deer’s 60-plus outdoor skating rinks and ponds. That’s a lot of ice surface for romantic skates, or a friendly game of shinny, said McKee. “I’m blown away,” she added, that this city maintains more skating surfaces, per capita, than any other Canadian centre she knows of. “No other community provides for skating like Red Deer does.” Besides making good use of neighbourhood rinks, city residents can head to Bower Ponds where there are skate rentals and large outdoor fire pits to enjoy for making s’mores, roasting weenies or just warming up. Next door, in Great Chief Park, Red Deer’s new long-track speedskating oval will open as soon as it’s cold enough to freeze. McKee promises the oval will be bigger and better than when it was located downtown next to the Golden Circle. She encourages people to pre-test the track before the Alberta Winter Games. The cross-country ski runs around River Bend Golf Course have also been widened and improved for the Games, and can be tried out this winter.

McKee invites families to ski, walk, or fat-tire bike ride along the golf course’s perimeter trail, which she considers “one of Red Deer’s bestkept secrets.” She believes many citizens may not realize the Club House at River Bend is open all year. At the other end of the city, residents can book an outdoor fire pit or a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a forest lit up with twinkly fairy lights at Heritage Ranch. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre also offers a bevy of winter-time activities, including hiking, snow-shoeing, winter bird-watching and wildlife tours. Todd Nivens, executive director of the centre and Fort Normandeau, said anyone interested can contact the centre to rent snowshoes or book a tour. They can also look on the city’s website for a special event planned for Fort Normandeau early in 2018. McKee said all city parks can be used year-round. All it takes is some layering and imagination: “Pretend you’re a hardy Canadian — take a blanket and have a picnic at Kin Kanyon,” where small fire pits can be lit with kindling to provide some cosy warmth. The biggest outdoor winter spectacle, downtown’s Red Deer Lights the Night, will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, in City Hall Park, with free popcorn and hot chocolate. Kids’ activities and a winter market will start up at 4 p.m. Colourful lights on park shrubbery will be switched on at about 5:15 p.m., while the city’s biggest Christmas tree will be lit up at about 6:15 p.m., followed by “low-level fireworks” before the festival wraps at 7 p.m. McKee noted we live in a country where the cold can last six months, so we might as well make the most of winter. “We all should embrace it … With a few extra layers, there’s no reason we can’t enjoy Red Deer all year long.”

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i! I’m Waskasoo, the mascot for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. I am so excited for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer! From February 15 until March 3, 2019, thousands of athletes and spectators will travel across Canada for the 2019 Games right here in Red Deer. I live with my family in the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and I am proud to call Red Deer my home. There are so many things about Red Deer that I love and I am happy to share my five favourite things with you! 1. Going fast Winter is my favourite season of the year. As a Canadian, the cold doesn’t scare me! I love to go tobogganing on any of the big hills in Central Alberta, but one of my favourite spots is Michener Hill. I am also a huge fan of downhill skiing and love to spend my

weekends at Canyon Ski Resort with my friends. After a long day of tobogganing or skiing, the best way to warm up is with a cup of hot chocolate and lots of marshmallows. 2. Exploring the trail system Whether by hoof or by bike, I love to explore all of Red Deer’s Waskasoo Park trails (not just because it shares my name!). And I can spend every Saturday biking with friends or walking with my family in all seasons and never get bored. The trail system goes on literally forever! 3. Attending sporting events I love to cheer people on especially at Red Deer College or Red Deer Rebels games. It is awesome when the crowd is fired up and I am always ready to cheer, dance and get others excited. When I grow up, I want to be on a sports show because watching and talking about all kinds of sports is the best! 4. Hitting up Westerner Days My family and I have a tradition of

attending the Westerner Days Parade together and then grabbing an ice cream from the after to kick-off Westerner Days. My parents always buy me and my brothers passes so we can spend all day on the rides and then enjoy the free concerts at night with our friends! 5. Volunteering with my friends I love to meet new people and volunteering is a great way to do that. My friends and I volunteer together and

we hope to be able to volunteer at the 2019 Games, so we can meet new people from across Canada and check out the sports! Mackenzie Van Damme, 12, of Lacombe designed Waskasoo as part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Mascot Challenge. Mackenzie’s design was selected from over 300 challenge entries to be the mascot of the 2019 Games.

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