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2019 Canada Winter Games

Olympic Medalist a little intimidated at the thought of dancing for Red Deer crowd…

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    The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off is coming April 14th and the brave souls who’ve stepped up to help raise money for the Canada Games Celebration Plaza are in full practice and fundraising mode.  You can help them out.

    Mellisa Hollingsworth  is a two time World Champion Skeleton Racer and 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist.   She now lives in Central Alberta and works as a realtor with the Dusty Smith Team

    As you’ll hear in this interview, Mellisa may not know much about dancing… but she’s a quick learner and a hard worker!

    My Story…

    A country girl at heart, I grew up on a ranch near Eckville where my parents raised bucking horses. At the age of 15, I was introduced me to the sport of Skeleton and three months later I was crowned Canadian Champion which sparked my Olympic dream. I fell short of qualifying for 2002 Olympics, but it was the best thing for my career as I dug deeper and went on to win 2006 Overall Championship & Olympic Bronze Medal in Torino, Italy. Four years later I repeated this and was the Gold medal favorite at our home Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler. A costly error in my final run dropped me off the podium. Known for my tearful apology to Canadians, I was surprised to be embraced by our country. I committed to another Olympics in Sochi, Russia as well as speaking all over Canada about the impact of owning your actions, risk taking and dreaming big. I have joined the Dusty Smith Team Royal LePage Network Realty and am a host/analyst for CBC during Calgary Stampede.

    Here are some artist renderings of our future community space, Canada Games Celebration Plaza!

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    CELEBRATING THE GOOD WORKS IN OUR COMMUNITY A COMMUNITY INITIATIVE The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off (SCDO) is a community builder initiative that brings together the professional dance community, community leaders, the business community and many talented volunteers to build awareness and raise funds for the great works happening in our community. It's about Red Deer coming together to Share the Magic! RED DEER'S PREMIER ANNUAL GALA Every year 8 community leaders step out of their comfort zone accepting the challenge to raise $15,000 for a chosen charity and, with the assistance of a professional dance instructor, learn a dance routine which he/she will perform on the night of the event. It is a sold-out event! Over eight hundred people from all walks of life attend the event supporting their favourite dance couple and the chosen charity. By now the audience is hyped right up and eager to hit the dance floor so the evening closes with a public dance with the popular Calgary band Dr. Zeus and the Who!

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    Canada Winter Games Volunteer Centre is open!

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  • As exciting as new buildings and facilities are, the 2019 Canada Games will owe its success to one thing more than anything else… volunteers.  It will take about 5,000 volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly.  It’s a massive effort the likes of which Red Deer has never seen.  But the Canada Games team is absolutely confident that the people of Central Alberta will come through.  In fact they wouldn’t have bid on the games if they weren’t sure the public would support them by volunteering.

    While hundreds have already signed up in the months and years leading to the event… now is the time for everyone to fill those 5,000 critical jobs.

    With 10 months to go before the games start, the 2019 Canada Winter Games has opened a Volunteer Centre for anyone interested to come, ask questions, become informed, and even sign up to help out.    The Volunteer Centre’s fist day is  Saturday, April 21.  There’s an open house from 10 am to 2 pm. CEO Scott Robinson fills us in.

     


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    Breaking News.. ND / Reporter comes out from behind the camera to steal the spotlight!

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  • For someone who spends his days shining the spotlight on others, it’s an uncomfortable feeling to step onto the “other” side of the camera.  But that’s exactly what rdnewsNOW, Big 105 and 106.7 The Drive News Director Troy Gillard did when he was asked to support the 2019 Canada Winter Games effort to build Celebration Plaza.  The fact that his support would require a vast amount of courage as he took on the task of Celebrity Dancer is all the more impressive!  Fortunately for Troy.. he had an amazing teacher in Olya Joseph of the Dando Dance Company in Calgary.. and he had a love for Elvis that was just waiting to come out!

    Proceeds from the 2018 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off will help build an incredible new park in downtown Red Deer.  The Canada Games Celebration Plaza will be headquarters for our entire community during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.  Then the park will anchor future events and become a permanent and critical fixture for community building events for decades to come!

    Thanks to rdnewsNOW / Big 105 / 106.7 The Drive… for sharing Troy’s hidden talents with Central Alberta for Celebration Plaza!  Thank you for helping us develop a beautiful new asset for our downtown, our community, and our future.


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