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The Lending Cupboard gears up to celebrate National Volunteer Week!


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Staff members at The Lending Cupboard are gearing up to celebrate our volunteers in a big way during National Volunteer Week (April 24 – 30).

It’s no secret that our mission to provide medical equipment to Central Albertans couldn’t be done without our dedicated team of volunteers who give so generously of their time.

“I have never experienced the kind of compassion, commitment and just overall empathy that we have with our volunteers here at The Lending Cupboard,” said Dawna Morey, executive director. “They are here to give so freely of themselves to perfect strangers in our community who are in need. We are talking about easily 10,000 volunteer hours per year.

“And they come back week after week, and some of them have been volunteering here at TLC for years!”

Morey noted that TLC staff will be celebrating National Volunteer Week with special lunchtime celebrations for our people. “Without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, TLC would not be able to provide the high level of service it does,” said Brenda Radu, TLC’s volunteer coordinator. “From the very first day I started, this dedicated team has shown me what compassion, empathy and commitment means. They really care about TLC and the people it serves.”

Morey also noted that while it’s vital to recognize volunteers all year long, “It’s even more important that we and the community celebrate both our volunteers and the other volunteers in the community during National Volunteer Week.

“We hear a lot about volunteerism in our community, and without a doubt we have a strong sense of it across the region,” she said. “It’s strong because we know that when we give, we certainly get so much in return for it. We just can’t thank them enough.”


Take the Family Friendly Challenge to help your kids grow up great!

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Submitted by Alberta Health Services 

SPARC Red Deer & Sylvan Lake Family Challenge

SPARC Red Deer and SPARC Sylvan Lake, are pleased to announce a free, fun family challenge to run in the month of November.

The SPARC Family Challenge offers 4 weeks of simple, free, family-friendly challenges, to complete at home or in your community, to help your kids grow up great! By participating in the SPARC Family Challenge, you can create strong positive connections with your kids and within your family. The purpose is to educate families about the 40 Developmental Assets, which are research-proven life experiences or building blocks which all children need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Research shows that the higher number of these assets a young person has, the more likely they are to thrive and to engage in positive behaviours, and avoid risky behaviours. Through every day, achievable activities, we can build assets in our kids and help them thrive.

Families will have a choice between two options each week that meet their own family interests and capabilities. Families can win awesome prizes at the end of the 4 weeks by completing the post survey.

For more information, and to register, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Registration deadline is October 26th.

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Community Better Celebration October 15th, 2022

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The City of Red Deer was crowned the “most active community in Canada” in the Community Better ParticipACTION Challenge June 2022. Now we get to celebrate together!

We want to thank all citizens for helping us win by celebrating and getting active on October 15th, 2022 at the Collicutt Centre from 12:00-3:00pm.

The event will kick off with a warm welcome by Mayor Johnston, followed by fun activities. There will be free swimming, skating and field house activities. There will also be local organizations showcasing how you can stay active year round in our wonderful City.

Please note: Free skating is from 12:30-2:00pm and you must provide your own skates. Access to activities will be based on facility capacity limits and on a first come basis. Hope to see you there!

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