2017 Christmas Edition
Photo by Ron Pilger
November 21, 2017
e ! s o r m a C p o h S Friday, November 24
Itâ€™s the day that serious Christmas shoppers wait for, eagerly, each year;
Stage 1 Salon stylists: Jocelyn Neustaeter carefully trims Santaâ€™s world-renowned beard, while Stefani Adams gets an approving smile for her tasteful make-up application on Mrs. Claus.
Midnight Madness/Black Friday, Downtown Camrose and Moonlight Madness, Duggan Mall
Friday, November 24th will be full of excitement and consumer bargains throughout Camrose. Santa and Mrs. Claus have accepted a special invitation to be in our City this coming weekend as shopping for the festive season picks up steam! Details on page 4 of this issue. An anonymous tip sent Booster photographers scrambling last Tuesday evening when the jolly old man and his lovely wife, along with a mighty fine team of reindeer, slipped into the community on a pre-Christmas eve trial-run. The trip for the busy, world-famous duo included an appointment at Stage 1 Salon, in the heart of the City, so that they both look their finest in the busy and important weeks ahead.
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Submitted Nancy Lindseth, left, and Sharleen Chevraux donated fidget aprons to St. Mary’s Hospital on Oct. 23. Sharleen and her group from the Killam/Lougheed area Tatters Quilt Guild first started to donate the aprons in 2015.
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Football Trojans end year with a win By Murray Green
The Camrose Composite High School Trojans football team held off a late surge by the Rocky Mountain House Rebels to win 16-14 at Kin Park. Dorian Gibbs received a punt in the Trojans end and ran it back for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point was unsuccessful.
The Trojan defence came up big sacking the Rebels quarterback in the end zone to earn a safety. Brett Beirsto earned his first touchdown of the season on an inside run. The Trojans went for two points and Drew Loosemore found Trey Gerhart in the end zone to round out the scoring for the Trojans.
“The Rebels passing game held them in it and were set up for a field goal to take the lead, but veteran linebacker Tynan McCarthy got the block. It was a big team win with offence, defence and special teams all scoring for the Trojans,” said coach Adam Belanger.
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Bawlf and District History Book Volume II (official name forthcoming) is in the planning stages. This new book will continue documenting our community’s history from 1980 to present day, and those who live or have lived in the community are invited to submit their stories. In addition to vital statistics like birth dates, deaths and marriages, we want to hear stories about school days, sporting events, and life in general! It’s your submissions that will make this project a success, and our book will not be complete without them!
Submitted Adam Miller was honoured for his service and dedication to the Camrose and District Craft Centre with the Lifetime Membership Award presented by Annette Sarginson, president of the Craft Centre. He was acknowledged for his craftsmanship in woodworking and especially his ability to instruct beginners. He is always willing to design, build or repair while improving the Craft Centre.
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Come and join in the fun and festivities of Downtown Camrose during the annual Midnight Madness event held on Friday, Nov. 24. Downtown merchants will be welcoming customers until midnight during this special shopping event and the core will be hopping with fun activities for children of all ages. Enjoy the splendor of a cool November evening in a horse-drawn wagon, provided by Foss Irwin, as a team of beautiful horses drive you through the litup streets of downtown. Rides will run from 5 until 8 p.m. Carolers will be entertaining shoppers with songs for the holidays and the guest of honour himself, Santa Claus, will be making appearances at different locations throughout the downtown core. Be sure to catch up with him for a candy cane and a chance to share your Christmas wishes. This evening is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of shopping local and meeting the friendly merchants of downtown Camrose. Bring the family and make this a night to remember.
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Centra Cam honours retirees at AGM By Lori Larsen
Residents, members of the board, members, staff and clients gathered for the Centra Cam Vocational Training Association’s annual general meeting. R etir ing president of the board Dave Chamberlain began by thanking the staff and management for their continual commitment to the success of Centra Cam. C h a m b e r l a i n announced the retirement of board members. “I would like to thank Larry Lewsaw, Brian Francoeur, Ken Ozment and Gord Graham for their many years of dedicated service. They all have put in countless volunteer hours to help make Centra Cam a better place.
human resource position, upgraded the website and investigated cyber safety and protecting computer systems. Personnel report presented by board director Brian Francoeur included information on the mandatory training required by staff such as first aid, use of fire extinguishers, positive behaviour supports, abuse reporting and response protocol, chainsaw and forklift operation and WHMIS. “We also offer access to training that staff is interested in such as supervision, payroll and customer service. We continue to participate in the Community Service program through the department of justice.
year, the association participated in events including Jaywalkers, Camrose Cruise, Great Escape and Scarecrow Festival. Gift card sales totaled $14,000 and the annual Bowl-aThon totaled $21,000. The final report, public awareness, delivered by board director Wally Wrubleski, indicated that an article regarding the Emergency Clothing and Furniture Depot featured in the Battle River Community Foundation publication gave Centra Cam Association a good deal of exposure. Other initiatives during the reporting year included the Festival of Trees entry, Coats for Camrose event and funds
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Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Centra Cam Vocational Training Association said farewell to five retiring members of the board with a combined service of over 100 years. Pictured left to right are new president of the board Doug MacDonald, retiring members of the board, president Dave Chamberlain, Ken Ozment, Brian Francouer and Larry Lewsaw, missing from photo was Gord Graham.
Chamberlain also announced his own retirement from Centra Cam. “This is my last year at Centra Cam and I would like to say what a great part of my life Centra Cam has been. You are all like family to me and I thank you for making such a wonderful impact on my life.” Financial report
Results of the financial statements audit indicated no significant issues and a clean opinion on the financial report. Total revenue for 2017 was $2,017,684 down from 2016 of $2,501,919. Expenditures for 2017 were $1,918,268 down from 2016 of $2,311,353. In 2017, there was an excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures of $99,416 versus 2016 of $190,566. Committee reports
Board director Rob Hauser reported on business development and longrange planning. “This past year, we looked at the business expansion and some of the facilities. We are investigating the possible expansion of our Document Destruction program, the expansion of the line of wood products we produce and always, a different location for the Emergency Clothing and Furniture Depot so it possibly could be combined with Centra Cam’s Outlet Store.” The board added a
Presently there are 82 staff members throughout all departments and 27 volunteers contributing to the success of Centra Cam. Board director Ken Ozment presented information on building, premise and transportation including addressing the issue of constant sewer smell in the building which has been, thus far, resolved and the delivery of a prefab office space. “We are fortunate to have received two grants from the Battle River Community Foundation. One will be used to help with the operational costs of the Emergency Clothing and Furniture Depot and another will be used to acquire lawnmowers and equipment for the Odd Job Squad.” An overview of the program report given by board director Krista Davis indicated there are 89 clients involved in Centra Cam programs, 58 clients in Workability Department and Employment Department, 49 in job retention and odd jobs and 73 in Community Access Program. There are presently 56 clients currently participating in paid employment. “We also volunteer at 18 regular volunteer placements plus numerous other volunteer opportunities.” Speaking on the fundraising efforts of Centra Cam, board director Cameron Lewis said over the last
raised by the Self Advocate group, participation in the Farmers’ Market and the bottle drive. Rounding up the reports executive director Roxanna Skjonsberg spoke about the challenges of change. “Some say change is good and it can be because it gives us the opportunity to improve and grow, but at times it is frustrating and stressful and breaks down what we have worked so hard to set into place. “Eventually the change will have to be done to move forward. To be successful, we have to do it with an attitude that says ‘Yes, we can do this’. Thankfully, we have a great team who accept changes. “In the end, I am thankful for the improvements and growth in the services that we offer to the people we serve.” Elections
New board executive consists of Doug McDonald (president), Wally Wrubleski (first vice-president), Kevin Gurr (second vicepresident), Lou Henderson (treasurer) and Krista Davis (secretary). The evening ended with the presentations of staff members’ years of service awards, recognition honouring retiring board members and the honour of volunteer of the year to Ken Ozment.
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Open Door leading the way with Integrated Youth Hub By Lori Larsen
When a youth in Camrose is at risk, the community steps up to the plate to assist, and leading the pack is the Camrose Open Door Association. The Open Door currently offers vital services to youth at risk such as an emergency shelter, counselling, transitional independent living quarters, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) support, tenant education project, identification program (helping youth obtain personal identification) and outreach services. In partnership with the Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN), The Open Door programming will be expanded into the Camrose and Area Integrated Youth Hub. The Youth Hub will serve as a one-stop shop for all youth and young adults, ages 12 to 24, and their families to access any health, counselling, addiction, mental health and social supports in addition to the current programs and services offered by The Open Door. “We are trying to close the gaps and the province has identified this as the way they want to go with how youth are being provided with services in Alberta,” said Open Door executive director Jessica Hutton. Supported by a $300,000 grant from Alberta Health, Camrose Open Door, Camrose PCN and key community stakeholders will be collaborating on the Integrated Youth Hub project. Multiple provincial ministries have already come to the table in support of this project to determine specifically what each ministry can do to ensure the project’s success and sustainability, in addition to seeking opportunities for spread and scale across the province. “I want to thank Alberta Health for supporting us in this initiative,” said Camrose PCN executive director Stacey Strilchuk. “We are also excited for the opportunity to work with our provincial, regional and community partners to help integrate and build on existing resources within our PCN catchment area, to strengthen the network of care for youth and young adults and their families.” Hutton explained, “By having an integrated hub, we are not asking for people to come up with more dollars. We are just asking everyone to work more effectively with what we have–a pooling of resources.” A recent meeting with all Camrose and area stakeholders involved discussion on exactly how the process will occur and
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Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster The new Open Door Hub, sponsored by Camrose Open Door and Camrose PCN, will reach all avenues for youth and young adults at risk. Pictured left to right are Camrose PCN executive director Stacey Strilchuk, Camrose Open Door executive director Jessica Hutton and Camrose PCN clinical director Colleen McKinstry.
where each of the stakeholders fit into the bigger picture. “Our stakeholders are amazing people,” acknowledged Hutton. “They were so excited and so ready to make it work. We have such great services and resources and are lucky to have it all right here.” The concept
Hutton described the basic concept of the Hub as providing a one-stop shop with wrap-around holistic services. “What that means is when any youth or young adult and their families walk in the door of The Open Door, they will be able to access anything they need from a doctor to mental health and addiction to school connection, counselling, outreach, shelter–all of those things will be accessible right here.” The new Hub will offer the capability of tracking each individual seeking assistance to not only determine what their specific needs are, but exactly where and how they can access them. “Any youth, young adult, family member, caregiver or health care provider can call or text the help line and they will be navigated to get the right assistance, whether we (The Open Door) can provide it in house or whether it will involve going somewhere else. We will have the channel and the warm handshake to do so. Our services at The Open Door in Camrose have expanded,” added Hutton. “We are in this entire region. We are now Camrose and area.” During the early stages of researching and setting up the project, Cam-
rose PCN performed environmental scanning on all the resources available for youth and young adults in the entire region. The results will be accessible from The Open Door and Camrose PCN website to all communities, mapping out specifically what and where every resource is available. “The Camrose PCN was pleased to contract the services of Sherri Armstrong to complete this important work,” remarked Camrose PCN clinical director Colleen McKinstry. “Camrose PCN has always promoted the richness of health care and community supports and services currently available within our catchment area and has encouraged collaborative, teambased care amongst providers. This database will be kept current and accessible to all providers serving the youth and young adult population so we can strive to connect the client to the right provider, at the right time, at the right place,” added McKinstry. In order to accommodate the new system provided by the Hub, Camrose Open Door recruited an additional outreach navigator Jodine Ronsko to meet with the client (or representative thereof) seeking assistance the minute they come in and begin tracking them into whatever service(s) they require. The outreach navigator will be responsible for streamlining and triaging the assistance that the client needs immediately during business hours. If someone contacts The Open Door outside of business hours, the outreach navigator will begin the
process the next morning. Outside of those business hours, The Open Door staff will continue to provide 24/7 supports. “We are going to make sure that they (the clients) do not fall through the cracks,” said Hutton. “They will get the services they need and we will ensure follow up with them, so we know those services are actually making an impact and working longer term. This way we can avoid any repeat situations.” The Camrose PCN will be supporting the Youth Hub by making the multidisciplinary team more accessible to youth, young adults and their families. The Open Door will be able to refer clients to the PCN to meet with the pharmacist, dietitian, behaviour health consultant or nurse practitioner. The PCN will also seek to attach clients who are currently unattached to a PCN family physician for enhanced continuity of care. “The Camrose PCN has a long history of working in partnership with Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health (AHSAMH) as it relates to all our priority initiatives,”stated Strilchuk. “How we currently serve the adult population will be replicated now for the youth and young adult population, by having the behaviour health consultant co-located with The Open Door team. I want to thank AHS-AMH for our positive working relationship to date and look forward to working with them on this new initiative.” An added benefit to having a centralized location, is the ability to reach
out to rural youth and young adults by determining what services are available to them in their own communities. It is the goal of the Youth Hub to equip the outreach navigator with all this information and be able to guide the client back to their community, all the while making sure the referral happens. On the other hand, whatever services are available outside of the client’s community will also be immediately identified and offered. “The whole point is to get them back and stabilized in their own communities,” noted Hutton. The entire process will provide consistency within the system but more important consistency in the lives of the clients seeking assistance. “We were losing individuals when they had to be referred here or there,” commented Hutton. “Now we will know almost immediately if we are not making the right referral. The consistency in their life will be the Hub, which is made up of so many stakeholders that our clients will have a solid safety net, a solid set of supports in their lives.” On a final note, Hutton eagerly said, “The Hub is already in place and is already working. This is a living, breathing initiative that will change over time to continue to meet the needs of the clients we serve.” For more information regarding the Youth Hub, contact the Camrose Open Door or Camrose PCN.
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Congratulations to the Camrose Family Violence Action Society on their award of a grant from the Status of Women to deliver programming in three related areas; to support people who have experienced or have been exposed to domestic violence, to support their healing and prevent perpetration of the cycle of violence. Thank you Sheralyn Dobos and your team for the excellent work you are doing. Another way we are helping make life better for Albertans, is by supporting other community minded organizations which in turn provide benefits to Albertans. For example, the Battle River Watershed Alliance received a Community Facility Enhancement grant to help further development of the Stoney Creek Nature playground and day use area, so that we can all enjoy our experience there. The Royal Canadian Legion, Camrose is also upgrading their facility for better use. Both the Camrose Arts Society and the Camrose Library will be using Community Initiatives funding to host “Arts in the Park” and purchase equipment, respectively. The City of Camrose application for the CARES program–Community and Regional Economic Support has been approved. Thank you to all these groups doing what they do to make life better for Albertans. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. The Classroom Improvement Fund (CIF) flows from the central agreement reached with the Alberta Teachers Association in May, that ensured teachers remain in classrooms and protected jobs without pay increases. Across the province 45 school boards and teacher groups have already agreed on how to spend part of the $75 million improvement fund. It is anticipated this will create over 225 teaching jobs and 175 support positions. Since school boards decide how to spend funding provided by the province, it would be best to direct questions regarding staff to them. The CIF is set up to improve the classroom experience for our students and can be used for hiring additional teachers, support personnel, or addressing other needs and improving the student experience in Alberta classrooms. Our government believes that spending money on education is one of the best investments we can make on our provinces future and that is why we have increased enrollment funding for three straight budgets and will continue to do so in the future. We recently approved new rules to protect Albertans’ interests when they buy condos. Albertans deserve to be protected when they make a purchase, and no purchase is more important than buying a home. A quarter of all Albertans live in condos, so we want to make sure we have fair, modern rules in place that will protect condo buyers and strengthen the industry. This will increase consumer confidence in the market, which will benefit our economy and make life better for Albertans. Alberta’s condominium legislation, prior to these changes, was out of date, and Albertans have suffered as a result. For example, developers were providing insufficient point-of-sale disclosures, boards were issuing unfair bylaw sanctions, there were no qualifications for condominium managers and disputes often had to be taken to court. These new rules are the first set of changes we will be making to make life better for condo dwellers. Since 2015, we have consulted with Albertans and listened to their concerns on both buying and living in condos. The new rules we developed are a result of what we heard from a wide range of stakeholders including condo owners, managers, legal and real estate professionals, as well as business and industry associations. In this first set of improvements, we have made life more affordable for Albertans by increasing transparency and accountability so Albertans can be confident about their condo investment. New home buyers will now be given more information from developers at the point of sale, including a move-in date they can count on. We have also given buyers options on how to take action if the unit they receive is not what they thought they were buying and lowers the unit’s value. We have changed the rules to better protect homebuyers’ deposit money.
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Nursing students from across the province acquire clinical practice experiences at hospitals to gain valuable experience prior to graduating. Some of the best education is provided by the staff at Covenant Health St. Mary’s Hospital Camrose. “I was involved in a research study this past summer that involved undergraduate nursing students, health care staff and managers at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose. Nursing students were assigned one-to-one with a registered nurse for their final preceptorship course, which is a consolidative clinical practice course at the end of their four-year undergraduate degree,” explained Tracy Oosterbroek, assistant professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences-Nursing at the University of Lethbridge. “Most of the students worked with more than one registered nurse and the students reported that everyone at the hospital was engaged in their learning and supported their success.” She was impressed on her findings in Camrose. “Dissemination of research findings is a crucial component to any research project and this summary is a way of sharing the research findings with the community members who participated and supported the research,” said Tracy. This past summer, nursing students from various programs across Alberta completed their final clinical preceptorships in various rural communities. Not all of the nursing students were originally from the rural communities where they were studying, but many were. Nevertheless, the students self-selected rural communities for their final clinical nursing course. Throughout the semester, the students and their faculty-based instructors participated in a research study. This study sought to examine the challenges and opportunities experienced by nursing students and their faculty advisors while placed in rural communities. “An innovative research method was employed: the students and faculty advisors were provided digital cameras and instructed to take photographs that represented the challenges, or opportunities that they experienced during the
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Guatemala abolishes death penalty By Murray Green
Camrose resident Jorge De Paz has been fighting for the abolishment of the death penalty for many years. Guatemala’s highest court abolished the death penalty for civil cases in a landmark ruling on Oct. 26. “I am against the death penalty because I believe that it is inhumane and irreversible,” said De Paz, who was named a tourism ambassador between Guatemala and Canada. “It costs more to taxpayers to have trials, several appeals and apply the death penalty, than to house an inmate in a single cell for life.” In the past, Guatemala has allowed the death penalty in cases of murders to people younger than 12 years old and older than 60; kidnappings where the victim is severely hurt or dies; assassination of the president or vice-president; and in some cases of drug trafficking. Amnesty International indicates that only six countries in the Americas still have the death penalty. Those are the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guyana, Jamaica and Guatemala. “No credible study in the world has ever shown that the death penalty is a deterrent.” De Paz has an alternative to the death penalty. “I am not protecting the criminals, I am looking for punishment.” He indicated that if a 20-year-old is kept in prison for the rest of his life the cost is about $900,000. “A death penalty case in Texas a few years ago was the cheapest one and the total cost was $3.2 million. One case was $9.2 million.” In one case, a person received the death penalty after serving 25 years, so the cost of both the jail expenses and death charges were absorbed by taxpayers. “This is corruption by the lawyers. My proposal is to give a life sentence and give the prisoner assembly jobs. They can work in their own cells. Work from Monday to Friday just like we do, eight hours a day like a normal worker. They can make minimum wage and the prison could take half to pay for the cost of housing the prisoner.” De Paz said that often the rest of the family is left to fend for themselves. “The other half of the money could be given to the family to help the spouse, or children with expenses. This way they could be in jail, but still help his/her family. If the person has to work everyday, they will pay for what they did.” De Paz will have a meeting in Guatemala to go over his proposal of putting prisoners to work instead of the death penalty.
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