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contents winter 2013

VOL 3 • ISS 16

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food | Soup’s on! Easy to make and healthy too, soup is the ultimate winter comfort food

12 People | Music man Carl Stretton is a hard-working music ambassador 15 OUTDOORS | Smooth and serene Cross country skiing an appealing winter activity


22 community | Centennial countdown. Wrapping up Red Deer’s centennial year


25 Health & Wellness | Just breathe. Powerful healing through Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments 27 Business | Entrepreneurial excellence. Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards

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feature 18 Healthy, happy kids Making the most of the first five years

columns 30 A SLICE OF LIFE | Finding lost things. Christmas spirit doesn’t come from a box

items 6 Editor’s message


7 Follow us on twitter: @RedDeerLiving Like us on facebook: RedDeerLiving

Cover photo courtesy Kristin Fraser.

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editor’s message

Welcome back, winter This year, I said ‘hello’ to winter while on an unavoidable road trip during a blizzard. We fought at first, me and winter, but we’ve come to terms with each other now. At the risk of having snowballs thrown at me, I’ll go so far as to say I don’t mind having four seasons: on a warmish winter day, it’s kind of fun to go tromping through the snow in one of the city’s many parks. But, here at Red Deer Living, we recognize that winter is a split decision among our readers. That’s why this edition has articles with winterish ideas — even outdoor activities — and it also has topics that are more indoors. We start with soup: who doesn’t love soup? You’ll get ideas for new ways to enjoy the social side of this winter comfort food, and you’ll also get tips on how to create delicious soups packed with nutritional goodness. If it’s cold outside, you might turn to one of Red Deer’s many warm music venues for some live tunes. Chances are that Carl Stretton will be there, either performing music, coordinating events or connecting people. Carl’s deep connection to everything musical is detailed in the “Music Man” article on page 12. Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be pleased winter’s here, and the cross country skiing article looks at what draws people to this invigorating and refreshing activity. Next, “Healthy, happy kids” provides great information for parents, especially those with kids under five. There’s a snapshot of how children are developing throughout our province, and there are also tips and resources to let parents know how to help their kids during these important, formative years. It’s hard to believe, but Red Deer’s centennial year is quickly wrapping up. Check out the Community article to read about highlights from the past year and to see great images from events held throughout 2013. Then, you’ll learn about the unexpected and interesting healing option of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments, which aren’t limited to elite athletes anymore. People with a variety of medical conditions can now receive these treatments right here in Red Deer. Next, we’ll look at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards, which were held in October, and two of the award recipients share what winning means to them in “Entrepreneurial excellence.” Finally, Treena Mielke shares her thoughts on the Christmas season, including some of the challenges and gifts that it brings. Whether you’re looking to forget about winter or to embrace it, this edition has articles and ideas to help meet your needs. And, if you’d like to stay connected to Red Deer Living between editions, you’re welcome to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Merry Christmas, everyone, and happy winter!


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Soup’s on! Easy to make and heathy too, soup is the ultimate winter comfort food By Jennifer Blair

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he first rule of soup club is you don’t talk about soup club. You really don’t have to, anyway. People can smell the soup cooking from a mile away. “There’s something about soup cooking,” says Krista VandenBrink, one of the masterminds behind soup club at her old office. “We would bring in crockpots and put it all together and start it in the morning, and then you’d have the smell wafting. Everybody who wasn’t in soup club wanted to be in soup club.” Soup club started as a way to get people away from their desks over the lunch hour. “It was an excuse to get people together, and soup seemed to be the best way to do it. It was easy for people to make, and it was warm and cozy.” Every week on a Tuesday, one person would bring enough soup for 15 Krista VandenBrink people and, over the lunch break, the Photo by Jennifer Blair people in soup club would forget their work for the hour and come together over wintertime’s signature comfort food. “People come together over food, and when you come together over a comforting food like soup, I think people tend to open up a little more,” says VandenBrink. “I learned so much about the people I was in soup club with on a personal level. People just felt warm and comfortable and cozy, and they looked forward to it.” And soup isn’t just good for the soul; it’s also good for you, according to Kristin Fraser, owner of Inner Glow Nutrition. A holistic nutritionist and natural gourmet chef trained in New York, Fraser often recommends homemade soups to her clients as an important part of a healthy diet and busy lifestyle. “I really promote soups a lot in my consulting. Soups are such an easy thing to make, and they’re also really healthful too.” For the most part, homemade soups use whole ingredients, and those quality ingredients are the source of soups’ nutritional strengths. “The less you process your food, the more healthful it is,” says Fraser. “Then you know exactly what’s going into it. There’s no preservatives or fillers or additives — things that don’t necessarily need to be in your soup. Making it yourself is so important, I think.” Store-bought soups tend to have more sodium and less nutrient value than their homemade counterparts, but even so, storebought soups can be made a little more healthy by adding your own ingredients. “You can always add lots of protein elements, fibre elements with black beans or medicinal ingredients like garlic and ginger,” she says.


“When you keep it simple and you have good quality ingredients, I don’t know how you can really mess up a soup.” But Fraser truly feels that anyone can make soup at home. She herself is proof of that. “I come from being the girl who used to burn my macaroni and cheese,” she said with a laugh. “I have a lot of friends that are intimidated by cooking in general, but soup is easy. It’s totally doable.” Fraser usually starts by roasting her vegetables in the oven to bring out the flavour. Once the vegetables are done, she’ll combine them in a pot with some garlic, herbs and stock and let them cook for around 30 minutes. Then, she uses a hand blender to create the right consistency. Leftovers, like the remains of a turkey dinner, can also be used to make a delicious and nutritious soup. Fraser calls them “must-go soups” — they’re made from anything that must go in the refrigerator. “That’s how people eat. You just need to Google recipes with the ingredients you have and see what comes up.” And soups can easily be frozen, making them both the ultimate convenience and comfort food. “You’ve got to be mindful of the temperatures going into the freezer. You don’t want it to be hot going into the freezer,” said Fraser. If you’re hoping to freeze a batch of soup for dinners down the road, Fraser recommends taking the soup off the stove once it’s done cooking and sitting it in a big pot or sink filled with ice, which brings the temperature of the soup down quickly. “A lot of people would just turn off the stove Kristin Fraser. and leave it, but things actually do Photo courtesy Kristin Fraser progressively cook in your soup.” No matter what type of soup you’re cooking, Fraser’s advice is to “keep it simple.” “When you keep it simple and you have good quality ingredients, I don’t know how you can really mess up a soup.”  RL

Editor’s Note: Looking for more soup ideas? Check out the two tasty recipes in our digital version of this article at

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Music By Leslie Greentree



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hether you’re attending an elegant gala or enjoying a casual drink at one of the many local music venues, chances are good you’ll recognize Carl Stretton, one of Red Deer’s hardest working musicians. Most often seen with his stand up bass, Carl also plays guitar, keyboard and sings. Even when he’s not on stage, his influence may well be at work behind the scenes. Carl has made a name for himself as a major music connector — whether it’s an event co-ordinator looking for a jazz ensemble, a musician in need of accompaniment or a venue, a music venue wanting to organize weekly open mic sessions or someone in need of a professional sound man, Carl is the guy to call. Carl’s life has been filled with music from the beginning; his cello-playing Edmonton-born mother met his trombone-playing Boston-born father at the Peabody Conservatory in Massachusetts. Carl was born a few years later in New York City, where the family settled. His mother brought Carl and his brother Eric back to Edmonton when she and Carl’s father separated, where she continued playing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, of which she was an inaugural member. “Our home was filled with music because of my mother and grandparents,” Carl says. “But I have always had two streams running concurrently in my life — music and science. I started learning to play piano in grade one, but I was also that kid who took everything apart to see how it worked.” He didn’t get into trouble for pulling things apart, because, as he says, “I was also pretty successful at putting it back together.” He attributes his interest in science to his stepfather, who came into his life when Carl was four years old. “My stepfather was a physics instructor,” Carl says. “I’ve always been good at SOURCE MEDIA GROUP: CELEBRATING ITS 10TH YEAR


man math and science, and that developed largely due to his influence.” After Carl’s youngest brother, Gordon, was born, the family moved to Ohio when Carl’s stepfather took a job at Kenyon College. Carl attended grades three through eight there, a time he describes as a mid-west rural scene straight out of ‘Tom Sawyer’. He spent a lot of time paddling on the river, but he also continued to play piano until grade seven. During those formative years, Carl also tried the viola and violin, without, as he describes it, much success. He began singing with a friend in a church choir and, at age 12, chose the stand-up bass. His stepfather died the next year and the family moved back to Edmonton; by grade 10 Carl had enrolled in drama and music at his high school, where he learned lighting, sound and stagecraft. During that time he learned the electric bass while collaborating with Roger Deegan, a classical composer who also wrote folk music. He also played in various rock bands.


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“Our home was filled with music because of my mother and grandparents. But I’ve always had two streams running concurrently in my life — music and science.” After high school Carl took electronics technology at NAIT, but the rock scene was more enticing and he didn’t complete the course. A year later, he took the Grant MacEwan music program, learning jazz. He says Grant MacEwan was extremely valuable, but the lure of the road beckoned. “I played in three bands over the next three years,” he says, “a country rock band, a band that played club/ disco music and a western swing band.” “Touring is a grueling lifestyle. After three years I met my wife-to-be and decided to get off the road,” he says. “We had kids and it became apparent I had to get a ‘real job’.” He returned to NAIT and became an electronics service technician; the family moved to Red Deer in 1985, and Carl spent the next 17 years repairing electronics for the Brick and playing in weekend bands. The marriage didn’t last, but his now-grown daughters, Lisa and Annette, remain nearby in Red Deer. Thanks to Carl’s versatility, he has worked with many local musicians, including Randi Boulton, Paeton Cameron, Shiv Shanks, Cassandra Littlespoon, Jesse Roads,

A Carl Stretton. Photo by Tanya Lee. B Photo courtesy White Rabbit Design Studio C Carl playing in C-Note Trio with Troy Davis on flute. Courtesy Carl Stretton.



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A Charlie Jacobson, Audrey Graham, Steve Sherman and many others. He can be seen at any number of music venues, including The Vat, The Hideout, Velvet Olive, One Eleven Grill, Cities Gastro Pub, and at many special events and functions. “My areas of specialty are jazz, blues, rock and folk, but jazz is probably my favourite. I like the progressiveness of jazz — it’s exploratory,” he says. “But the blues are right up there, too. I like blues for the feel. The two cross over quite a bit; both include a lot of improvisation.” All the hard work, all the connections and collaborations paid off; for the past year, Carl has been self-employed as a musician. A popular, versatile and reliable performer, he also runs sound for musicians and venues, records musicians in his studio, and repairs and maintains audio equipment. As well, he runs Red Deer Scene, a print and online source for local music and other

“My areas of specialty are jazz, blues, rock and folk, but jazz is probably my favourite.”

arts events. And that’s where his importance as a music connector really showcases itself. Red Deer Scene puts Carl in regular contact with most of the musicians in town as well as the music venues. “I contact the venues to get listings, so as part of the process I am also able to assist them with acquiring acts,” he says. His goals for the next year: continue to expand the success of Red Deer Scene and move more into artist development and promotion — something he’s been doing for years but not officially. He’s also focusing on further developing his songwriting skills. “As a bass player, you’re always a support to other musicians,” he explains. “This will move me more toward solo performance. The music I write is definitely jazz/ blues. I love Steely Dan — they embody the type of music I am likely to write.” “I’m happiest on stage when the music is going right and the audience is responding,” he says. “A lot of music jobs require different things, and the difference between success or not is being able to tailor what you’re doing to the situation.” Because of his musical flexibility, Carl has shared the stage with countless artists of various musical genres, including headliners at festivals such as Central Alberta Music Festival. “I’m able to play with most people, because I’ve had so much experience in many genres,” he says. Then he laughs: “When I look back, I’m still doing the same things I did in high school. It’s a different context but the same skill set.”  RL

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A At Cities with Paeton Cameron. B Carl on the drums. Photo by Tanya Lee.

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C Playing with Laurelle Young. D Playing with Randi Boulton. Photos A, C & D courtesy Carl Stretton.



Smooth and serene

Cross country skiing an appealing winter activity Story by Jock Mackenzie / Photos by Robert Reed White on white. Flakes of powdery crystals piled against a forest of green that reaches to an Alberta blue sky. It’s crisp, it’s clear, and it’s quiet. For cross country skiers, this invigorating winter wonderland pulls them outside when so many others are holed up indoors for the winter. Skiers get exercise and a healthy dose of Vitamin D while enjoying nature — either alone or with family and friends. When you add in that the sport is relatively low cost, it’s a compelling argument to check out the ski trails this winter. But how do you get started? “Trial and error was the best way for me to begin,” says Bob Martin, a relative newcomer to the sport. One of the beauties of cross country skiing is that it can be done almost anywhere and anytime. Groomed tracks are available at Great Chief Park/Heritage Ranch and at River Bend Golf & Recreation Area. If you are not relying on pre-set tracks, the nearest park or any of the miles of trail system within the city can offer the opportunity for practice. If it’s lessons you want, they are available. Lessons for beginners and intermediates are put on by the Parkland Cross Country Ski Club (PCCSC) and held at River Bend beginning in January and running for an hour and a half on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The lessons will include an introduction to or refinement of basic cross country ski techniques. Participants will also get basic information on equipment, waxing techniques, clothing and locations to ski in Red Deer. Boots, bindings, skis and poles are the basic requirements. Many local schools allow students and family members

One of the beauties of cross country skiing is that it can be done almost anywhere and anytime.



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A-C Cross country skiing is great for youth, families and friends.

C weekend access to this necessary equipment — all for free. Renting from Valhalla Pure Outfitters is another option, as is purchasing new equipment from Valhalla, Atmosphere and Sport Chek. Another choice is Play It Again Sports for new or used gear. “Skis come in two basic types: waxless or waxed,” says Chad Karns, manager at Atmosphere. “Entry level skiers may prefer the waxless variety, a type of ski that uses a scaled design on the base to give traction, but a great deal depends on what kind of experience the skier desires. The best bet is to talk to someone knowledgeable.” For knowledge and experience, the PCCSC is an excellent place to start. Their website provides a wealth of information as do their monthly meetings held at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on the second Tuesday of each month.

For youth under 18, there are several options. “There’s the Jackrabbit program for ages six to nine and Track Attack for ages 10 to 13,” says Kelly Bogle, president of the PCCSC. For those aged 13 to 18, there is a Fitness and Racing group and an adventure/touring group. For adults, the PCCSC has even further choices. The club provides sessions on avalanche beacon use, mountain touring, map and compass, GPS and tour leading. They also organize both day and overnight trips. An obvious advantage to living in Red Deer is its wide variety of cross country ski opportunities both in and around the city. Each winter is different. Whether there is a light or heavy snowfall, warmer or colder temperatures, we can guarantee one thing: there will be winter. Enjoy it!  RL

For more information on the Parkland Cross Country Ski Club, go to

Strap on the snowshoes this winter An alternative to cross country skiing is the increasingly popular pastime and sport of snowshoeing. Modern snowshoes, with their lightweight construction, are a huge improvement over traditional options. However, if you want to pretend you’re a fur trapper, you can still use the traditional type with hardwood frame and rawhide lacings, but these need to be used in colder temperatures when the leather won’t stretch. Kerry Wood Nature Centre (KWNC) has a number of

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“Give It a Try” days where you can use either their old-style or high tech snowshoes for free. Both types available at KWNC are intended for light snowfalls. Snowshoe rentals are also available throughout the winter months at very reasonable rates. Visit for information and event dates. For more serious snowshoeing, see Valhalla Pure Outfitters to rent snowshoes suitable for mountain use; deeper snow requires greater flotation and bindings suited to a variety of footwear.

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Healthy, happy Story and photos by Laurette Woodward


ometimes, as parents, we wish our children came with instruction manuals. Each of us wants to do what’s required to help every child become a happy, healthy and productive adult. But, despite our best intentions, current research shows that some Alberta children might not be getting what they need. According to the Alberta government, through data collected in its Early Child Mapping Project, nearly 27 per cent of Alberta’s children are experiencing difficulties in one or more areas of development. The Canadian average is 25 per cent. “The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical years of their development,” says Shelley Dallas-Smith, chair of the Red Deer Early Years Mapping Coalition. “These years affect a child’s whole life.” Studies show children who get what they need while young are more likely to: succeed in school, pursue further education, have better jobs, earn more money and be physically and mentally healthy throughout their lives. They’re better parents who have happier relationships and better problem solving skills. They’re also likely to avoid incarceration and

substance abuse. “It’s important to note,” says Dallas-Smith, “that every socio-economic group in Alberta has chilJudy Scott (left) and Shelley Dallas-Smith (right). dren experiencing difficulties. They are in low-income, middle income and high income families. The gaps are in every community.” The Early Child Mapping study measured five areas of competence: • Physical health and well-being Well-rested, well-nourished, good energy levels, gross and fine motor skills; • Social competence Plays with others, is curious, respects authority, controls own behavior; • Emotional maturity Expresses age-appropriate emotions, empathy with others;

“The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical years of their development ... These years affect a child’s whole life.”

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Making the most of the first five years

• Language and thinking skills Interest in reading / writing, skill with counting, shapes and colours; • Communication and general knowledge Communicates needs / wants in socially appropriate ways, tells stories, has age-appropriate knowledge about outside world. Red Deer’s results showed a few gaps that matched what Red Deer’s child experts already knew, such as some gaps with communication skills. There was a surprise as well. “There were significant gaps in the emotional maturity area,” says Judy Scott, an active member and past chair of Red Deer Early Mapping Coalition. Scott wonders if the prevalence of technology such as cell phones is a factor. Scott says it has become increasingly common to see children playing with technology, as well as their parents engaged in texting while they are around their children. “I don’t want to give technology a bad name,” says Scott. “Technology is a reality. It’s just a question of finding balance.”



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“Addressing small problems now prevents big ones in the future.”


What parents can do to help their kids There are many simple things parents can do at home to help their children. “The main idea is to slow down, enjoy your children and allow them to play,” says Scott. Also, there are resources in the community including some that can help parents know if their child is meeting age appropriate milestones. “You don’t know what you don’t know,” says Scott. “That’s why we’ve made resources available to parents. We want to help.” Parents can receive assistance understanding how well their child is developing in one of two ways. The first is by attending the Early Years Fair, held in the Parkland Mall in February. It will be advertised throughout the community and on the Family Services website. Last year was the first annual event, organized by The Red Deer Early Years Coalition. Parents can bring their children to the fair and interact with them at a number of booths, where there are professionals that can talk with parents about their children. The second alternative is to do an Ages and Stages Questionnaire or ASQ. It is available online through Family Services of Central Alberta, The survey identifies possible gaps in development. It can also be accessed through the mail, or with an in person visit, depending on a parent’s preferences. Scott says the earlier you help a child the better. “Addressing small problems now prevents big ones in the future.”  RL

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Tips for parents

Things you can do at home to help your preschool child develop well • Talk, talk, talk with your children. Respond to their questions and ask them questions about what you see and do. • Tell stories, play make-believe • Read stories with an animated voice and face. This is important for communication skills and empathy. • Unplug from electronics for a while. While you do, ask questions and talk! • Get your child to play with or use: play dough, crayons, scissors (these help develop necessary fine and gross motor skills). • Play with non-electronic toys like Lego, puzzles, etc. • Bake something together. Take the time to let your child mix, help you measure. This develops fine and gross motor skills, an understanding of sequencing and more. • Talk about your own or other people’s feelings, at an age appropriate level. It helps develop empathy. • Go on a walk and let them run a little bit ahead. Children will explore. Take the time to let them be curious.



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Centennial Wrapping up Red Deer’s centennial year By Jenny Spurr


s Red Deer’s Centennial Year comes to an end, the Red Deer Centennial Committee looks back on a series of projects and events that have commemorated our city’s past, celebrated our present and created a vision for a strong future. “We started planning for Red Deer’s 100th birthday about three years ago, after The City of Red Deer asked the Central Alberta Historical Society (CAHS) to spearhead centennial celebrations,” says Sheila Bannerman, chair of the Red Deer Centennial Committee. “Our goal was to plan a centennial year that would make all Red Deerians proud.” The Centennial Steering Committee, which consists of nine members, three each representing CAHS, the general public and The City of Red Deer, came together in the fall of 2010. Just one year later, four Centennial Working Committees were established: Community Events, Marketing & Promotions, Legacy Projects, and Fundraising/Sponsorship. These committees consulted with the public, and what was thought to be a small homecoming weekend blossomed into a year-long celebration. “We looked at recommendations from the community and got so excited about what we could do to celebrate Red Deer’s birthday that we ended up with a full year of projects and events,” explains Bannerman. One of the most memorable moments for the Red Deer Centennial Committee was planting more than 100 trees — including the official centennial tree, the hot wings tatarian maple — in the space between Gaetz Avenue northbound and southbound near Parkland Mall. Considered a legacy project, the Centennial Grove Planting was hosted by the Legacy Projects Working Committee and sponsored by Nova Chemicals. “We wanted to celebrate Red Deer’s park system as something that makes our city unique,” says Lisa Perkins, Centennial Steering Committee member and City administration representative. “There are immediate environmental benefits to planting trees, but we know the Centennial Grove will have its biggest impact years from now when the trees have grown.”

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G A Former Mayor Flewwelling opening the previous time capsule in March, 2013. B Penny Carnival at the Fall Fair. C Family street dance on Little Gaetz Avenue. D Light barrel garden in City Hall Park. E First Night at Bower Ponds, December 31, 2012. F Wildrose Harmonizers at the Fall Fair. SOURCE MEDIA GROUP: CELEBRATING ITS 10TH YEAR


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And through it all, the most important lesson learned was “not to panic,” laughs Bannerman. When the city was threatened by overland flooding in June, the Red Deer Centennial Committee had to make big adjustments to the River of Light display, changing the floating light show to a display at Fort Normandeau and later, a light barrel garden in City Hall Park. “Even though it was disappointing, the community was very understanding when we had to adapt the event and, in the end, people loved being able to enjoy these spaces in a new way.” “Though we were surprised by the flooding, we weren’t surprised by the response from the community,” adds Perkins. “People were happy to accommodate changes in venues, schedules and timing to make the event a success.” With more than 15 different events, Red Deer has had a lot to celebrate over the past year. “We’ve met so many great people: the volunteers, the sponsors and the people who came to the events,” says Bannerman. “We’ve met people from all over the world and different parts of Alberta. For us, that’s been the most rewarding.”  RL

With more than 15 different events, Red Deer has had a lot to celebrate over the past year.

Grand finale H G Skaters at Bower Ponds for the First Night festivities. H Lowering of the new time capsule in March, 2013. I Water tower lit up during homecoming weekend. J A cake from the Centennial Cake Competition in February, 2013. Photos A & H courtesy The City of Red Deer. Photos B - G and I-J courtesy Red Deer Centenial Committee. SOURCE MEDIA GROUP: CELEBRATING ITS 10TH YEAR


What: Fire and Ice Centennial Closing Ceremony and Lantern Parade When: December 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Where: City Hall Park This event features chili, hot chocolate and ice sculptures in City Hall Park. The first 1,000 guests will receive a free lantern and glow stick. All ages welcome. For details, visit

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| Advertising Feature |

Carnation Campaign MS Society channels “the power of the flower”


or people who are impacted by Multiple Sclerosis, the carnation is a powerful symbol of hope. Each May, during the MS Society’s annual Carnation Campaign, over 10,000 of these living, hopeful symbols are spread throughout central Alberta. “The Carnation Campaign is the longest standing fundraiser for the MS Society, as it’s been operating nationally since 1976,” says Tara Maloney, executive assistant with MS Society of Canada, Central Alberta Chapter. “The money raised supports research and assists with programs, such as local support groups for people and families who are affected by MS.” People can pre-order carnations through the local MS Society office at any time for May delivery. On May 9 and 10 — just in time for Mother’s Day — citizens can also purchase flowers at select locations throughout central Alberta. “Co-op is our presenting sponsor, and carnations will be available at Co-op stores in Red Deer, Lacombe, Innisfail, Spruce View and Rocky Moun-

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tain House,” Maloney explains. “Flowers will also be available at Curves, another campaign supporter.” The carnation campaign wouldn’t be possible without the power of volunteers, who are involved with everything from sorting to delivering flowers to manning the booths at participating stores. According to Maloney, volunteer participation is a special aspect of the campaign. “Our volunteers are often clients, who may not be able to participate in other MS Society events like the walk or run, due to their illness,” she says. “People are often able to volunteer with the Carnation Campaign and that’s very meaningful.” The MS Society, itself, helps to bring meaning to many people and families that are impacted by MS. Through its wide range of programs and educational opportunities, the local office provides information to help people understand and cope with the disease. Just like the Carnation Campaign each May, the connections at the MS Society help to provide many people with what they need most: hope.   n


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Just breathe

Powerful healing through Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Story and photo by Judith Moody


yperbaric oxygen isn’t just for elite athletes anymore. Thanks to advances in technology, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) is now available for people with a variety of conditions and is even offered in Red Deer. Sometimes the human body’s cells do not get enough oxygen supply to thrive or repair; but even cells that were thought to be dead can be revived — with oxygen. If your mom’s had a stroke or your child a concussion, getting massive amounts of oxygen to their brain cells can speed their recovery. “The results for any brain injury can be phenomenal,” says Al Evans, respiratory therapist and owner of O2xy-wellness. “HBOT saturates the cells with 10 to 20 times the oxygen as breathing straight oxygen.” Problems arising from impaired circulation, such as in diabetic ulcers, respond well too, as do surgeries such as joint replacements with before and after treatments. Evans carefully interviews each potential patient in order to understand his or her condition and to explain the process. He then makes a plan for the recommended number and frequency of treatments that would bring the best possible results for the specific problem. For most chronic conditions such as stroke, concussion, MS and autism, 40 treatments is the norm; possibly less for sports injuries such as sprains and broken bones. Long term results may vary according to each condition and each patient. The patient (or mother and child) simply rests in the chamber, wearing all their clothing, while 100 per cent oxygen flows around them. No mask is required. The oxygen is picked up by the blood through the lungs and carried to every cell of the Julie Blow, who has MS, receives HBOT

body. Patients feel good when it’s over — refreshed and invigorated thanks to all that oxygen. Dr. Gary Davidson, an Emergency Physician at Red Deer Regional Hospital, whose own daughter attends O2xy-wellness for HBOT as part of her treatment for bone cancer in her leg, is convinced of its usefulness. “I recommend that patients talk to their health care provider regarding HBOT to promote healing of chronic wounds, strokes, sports injuries and many other medical conditions,” he says. “I believe that with the tremendous research going on in HBOT, there likely will be an increased use in the medical field.”  RL

“HBOT saturates the cells with 10 to 20 times the oxygen as breathing straight oxygen.” What’s it good for? • ADD/ADHD

• Migraines

• Alzheimer’s

• Neuropathy

• Anti-aging

• Osteomyelitis (bone

• Autism


• Cancer

• Parkinson’s

• Carbon monoxide poisoning

• Pre- and post surgery

• Cerebral Palsy

• Rheumatic condition

• Crohn’s Disease

• Skin grafts & flips

• Crush injury

• Spinal cord injury

• Delayed radiation injury

• Sports injury

• Diabetes

• Stroke

• Embolisms

• Sudden deafness in

• Fibromyalgia • Flesh-eating disease • Gas gangrene

children • Thermal burns (fire or


• Multiple Sclerosis

• Traumatic brain injury

• Macular Degeneration

• Wound healing

Talk to your doctor to see if your condition warrants referral for HBOT.

Visit for more information on Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment.


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Develop at the dojo

Arashi Do Martial Arts provides powerful lessons for youth


elf-development and self-confidence. These are just two of the benefits for students at Arashi Do Martial Arts. Other perks include increased fitness, skill development and positive relationships. For Gary Vig, owner and operator of Arashi Do, it’s incredibly rewarding to connect with students and work with them as they develop a martial arts lifestyle. “We have a wide variety of programs for people of all ages and skill levels, and we’re especially proud of the kids programs that we’ve developed,” he says. “At our dojo, we’ve got a clear vision of martial arts as a vehicle for self-development, and we’ve found the recipe on how to teach these skills to young children.” Part of this recipe involves programs that teach age-appropriate skills in a fun way. The Mini Monkeys Jiu Jitsu class is one such example, as it’s a hands-on class that teaches technical skills through games and play. “Jiu Jitsu is great for young kids, because they love to play on the ground,” explains Vig. “In this class, children learn gross motor skills and listening skills, and these relate

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to many other aspects of their lives.” Other classes for youth, including the Little Dragons Mixed Martial Arts class, Junior Karate and Kickboxing for teens. Vig believes in developing individual programs for each student’s skill level, and he finds that personal consultations with new students are essential. Every new student gets a consultation with a coach, where they talk about goals. This is followed by a half hour personal training session and then the student is placed in the appropriate class. The Arashi Do recipe works for individual students and families. “Our family has been training here since 2010, and three of our children started in beginner programs — at 11, four and four years old,” says Kristina Bunney. “My husband and I are both new to martial arts and started our training after the age of 40. A member of our family is at the dojo at least five days a week. Training at Arashi Do is like training with family, and I can’t imagine training anywhere else.”  n



Entrepreneurial excellence

Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards

By Shelley Newman


ride in a job well done. Recognition for a company well run. The two factors go hand-in-hand at the Business of the Year Awards presented by Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. This year, the 32nd annual awards ceremony was held on October 15, which coincided with Business Development Bank of Canada’s Small Business Week. Approximately 40 businesses were nominated for awards and an intense screening process followed. “The nominees were all interviewed by a committee of Chamber Ambassadors and Board Members,” says Meghan Gustum, marketing manager with Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. “Then, an anonymous judging panel of business leaders and past recipients made a short list and then the final decision on the three winners.” Businesses received awards in one of three categories based on the number of employees in their organizations. The 2013 Business of the Year winners were: 1) The Coverall Shop (1 – 15 full time employees), 2) IFR Workwear Inc. (16 – 49 full time employees) and 3) Bilton Welding & Manufacturing Ltd. (50+ full time employees). “It is such an incredible honour to be recognized,” says Erin Buckland, vice president of IFR Workwear Inc. “The award is a tribute to what we’ve been able to achieve since we started our business eight years ago. That’s quite a short period of time,

and we couldn’t have come this far without having such a great team.” For Buckland, her closest team member is her father and president, Reg Radford, who she started the business with in 2005. With only three staff, they began their journey in manufacturing flame resistant workwear, and they haven’t looked back since. Buckland, Radford and their staff take pride in creating quality workwear that meets all requirements for oil, gas and electrical safety. “Our goal is to have trustworthy products that keep people safe,” she explains. “Flame resistant workwear could literally make the difference between life and death for people in the industry, and we never forget the importance of that.”


RDC Jazz Ensemble performing at the awards. Photo courtesy Dave Brunner Photography.


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The IFR Workwear team also keeps people in the forefront through their community involvement and contributions. They’ve been involved in numerous projects over the years, as the Radford family was the capital campaign family for the fundraising of Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta. In addition, the business sponsors scholarships at Red Deer College and was the sponsor for “Slick’s Lounge” at the Red Deer Curling Club. “We also like to support our employees and the organizations they’re involved with,” says Buckland. “That’s part of how we connect to the larger community.” Community connections are also important to management and staff at The Coverall Shop, fellow winners at the 2013 Business of the Year Awards. “The community has been so good to us both as a family and as a corporate entity, so we like to give back where we can,” says Jeremy Jablonski, general manager at The Coverall Shop. “It’s important to be good corporate citizens, so we commit our time and/or resources to a variety of organizations.” The crew at The Coverall Shop are active in their individual community volunteerism; the company supports Red Deer College through scholarships and events, and it connects with organizations such as Red Deer Hospice Society and the Food Bank. Jablonski also takes pride in their work with the Coats for Kids program through their other company, Parkland Coverall Cleaning. “We believe in supporting grassroots causes that can have an immediate, positive impact on people in the community,” he says. “It’s so important to help people and to enhance

the economic situation in central Alberta.” Through their work at The Coverall Shop, Jablonski and his team are enhancing the industry in central Alberta. The family-owned business began in 2010 through a partnership between Jablonski, his father, Bob, and his two sisters. Their goal was to distribute flame resistant workwear directly to the end users with an innovative and customized approach, and their continual growth as a business speaks to their success. “We can provide customized products for clients, no matter what size of order they may have,” says Jablonski. “We’ve recently acquired a second company for cleaning garments, so we can now offer the full service of selling and servicing that clients may require.” For Jablonski, the recent Business of the Year win is a great honour and source of pride for everyone at The Coverall Shop, and it has also provided a new level of credibility for the business. “We placed a banner about our win on the company website the day after the awards ceremony, and two days later a company from Langley called to congratulate us and to let us know they may want to do business with us in the future,” he says. “Being recognized by the Chamber of Commerce gave us a new level of credibility at the local level and beyond.”  RL

“We believe in supporting grassroots causes that can have an immediate, positive impact on people in the community.”



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A Stage at the Business of the Year Awards. B Erin Buckland and Reg Radford (front centre) and the winners from IFR Workwear. C Jeremy Jablonski (front centre) and the winners from The Coverall Shop. Photos courtesy Dave Brunner Photography



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Lacombe A quality place to call home


here is one of the best places to live? Lacombe, of course. In March, Money Sense magazine unveiled its rankings of the best places to live in Canada, and Lacombe ranked 8th for cities overall and 3rd for small cities. The magazine ranks cities on several criteria, including earning potential, availability of amenities and access to healthcare. According to Mayor Steve Christie, his friendly city has all these and much more. “Lacombe has incredible amenities for a small city,” he says. “We have our own hospital, municipal police force and volunteer fire department. Plus, there are public, Catholic and Christian schools, including Canadian University College, which is a degree-granting institution.” Other amenities include both built and natural spaces, as the City helps residents stay active thanks to a well-developed trail system, complete with outdoor exercise equipment at Cranna Lake. And, people can get where they’re going easier thanks to the Highway 2A upgrade, the single-largest project ever undertaken by the City of Lacombe.


“Lacombe may be a small community, but the opportunities are excellent,” says Guy Lapointe, economic development manager. “Some of our recent initiatives include a new skate park and the ME Global Athletic Park, which is a multi-purpose area with an artificial turf surface.” Recently, opportunities in Lacombe have grown to include more celebrations. In 2011, citizens said they would like more chances to enjoy celebrations — ­ and the City listened. “We went from having one festival a year to having four,” Lapointe explains. “In addition to Lacombe Days, people can now enjoy the Encore Art Sale and Celebration of Creative Expression, the Culture & Harvest Festival and the Light up the Night event.” The small city has balanced growth with citizen engagement to achieve positive results. “Recently, we conducted our first ever citizen satisfaction survey, and 96 per cent of respondents rated quality of life as good to excellent,” says Christie. “There’s a great spirit in this city, and it’s wonderful to see that reflected in the feedback we receive.”   n

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a slice of life with Treena Mielke

Finding lost things Christmas spirit doesn’t come from a box


nce again it is time. It’s time to go downstairs and bring Christmas out of hiding. It’s time to unpack the cardboard boxes where Christmas is kept carefully stored under the stairs. I sigh. I’m not ready. I’m too tired. And I don’t have it. The feeling of awe, magic and excitement. Oh I can get going without it, but it’s so much easier if I can find it. I talk to myself sternly. Adult to adult. “Work hard, plan and use your creativity. In the end, it will be worthwhile. Your guests will feel like they have stepped into an old fashioned Christmas card when they enter your home. And you will move graciously through your Christmas card home, emitting the spirit of the season through endless smiles and hospitality.” I sigh. I’m really tired now. I sit at my dining room table, gazing out into the night and the distant lights. Swirling white snowflakes interrupt the inky blackness like misbehaving, irresponsible children. I mentally give myself a shake and tell myself I have been staring outside for too long. Christmas, curiously absent from my house, needs to start having a presence. But, I don’t move. I just keep looking for those lights which seem to bob in and out of focus, obscured by the falling snow. As the clock on the fireplace mantle slowly ticks towards Christmas, I find myself, like Ebeneezer Scrooge guided by the distant lights, going back, way back in time. I finally see where the lights are coming from: the church, the tiny, white clapboard church of my childhood. Its windows are lit up and it’s full of people. And there I am, in the front row, a tiny girl with tangled brown hair and woollen stocking feet that don’t quite reach the

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floor. My eyes are full of wonder and they are fixed on something. It is the tree, the Christmas tree at the front of the church. It is amazing. So beautiful. So shimmering. So perfect. The image fades, but not before I capture the feeling. The feeling of awe. The next image is of me and my brother at home. In our front room, with its stained wall paper and potbellied stove, is our own tree, a pathetic, Charlie Brown thing. The tree’s only redeeming feature is brave little bubble lights, their cheerful bubbling softening the harsh glow from the light of a lone bare lightbulb. My brother is making a star. I stand beside him, watching the magic unfold. To this day, there is no star in the heavens’ that compares to that tinfoil and cardboard creation my brother made. That image fades as well, but not before I get the feeling. The feeling of magic. Young as I was, I already knew a few facts of life. I knew we were poor. I knew Toronto Maple Leafs were the best hockey team in the world, and I knew my dad and my brothers loved me. And it was enough. The image fades and the lights, barely visible through the inky blackness suddenly disappear into the swirling snow, but I’m not surprised. My visit to the past is over. But it’s fine. It’s all I needed, really. And for that brief moment, when I allowed myself to go back in time to when Christmas was a Charlie Brown tree lit by bubble lights and crowned by a tinfoil and cardboard star with a father and brothers who taught me without really saying so there really was a Santa Claus, I found what I was looking for. The gifts of awe, magic and excitement. Apparently, I had had them all along. They had just been misplaced.  RL



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