2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES NAMED STC CANADIAN SPORT EVENT OF THE YEAR
From the Canada Games Council
The presentation of the 2020 PRESTIGE awards, postponed from last year, were hosted virtually as a gala on-line production. The presentation was hosted by Olympian, World Cup medallist and CBC Broadcaster Kelly VanderBeek.
The STC Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award recognizes the overall success of an outstanding single-sport, multi-sport or collegiate event held in Canada in 2019. The criteria states that the event rights holder is a Canadian governing body/entity and that a Canadian community bid against other Canadian communities and/or was awarded the right to host the event.
Thank you from 2019 Games CEO Scott Robinson, Mayor of Red Deer Tara Veer, and 2019 Games Chair Lyn Radford
2019 Canada Winter Games Facts
-The 2019 Canada Winter Games took place from February 15 – March 3, 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta
-The Games were organized by the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society led by Chair Lyn Radford
-The Games featured 19 sports and 150 events alongside a major arts and cultural festival
-Red Deer welcomed over 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches, 4,600 volunteers, and more than 26,000 visitors throughout two weeks of competition
-The Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for Canadian amateur athletes, and were the largest event that Red Deer has ever hosted
-Sport infrastructure legacy generated from the Games includes the construction of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre which is a multi-purpose venue built specifically for the 2019 Games that includes an ice rink, gymnasium, basketball court, running and sprint tracks, and squash courts
-The Games raised over $12M in sponsor and donor fundraising, resulting in the most successful sponsorship program in Games history
-Financial legacy from the Games includes generating a total net economic activity (GDP) of $44.7M for Red Deer and $60.6M for the Province of Alberta
-The Host Society donated over $500,000 in sport equipment and assets post-Games to over 40 local and provincial sport organizations and not-for-profits
“The 2019 Canada Winter Games were a life changing experience for all participants. It was a time for dreams to become reality and for community to come together to deliver one of the elite hosting events in 52 years of history of Canada Games. The Canada Games framework gave Red Deer and Alberta an opportunity to build legacy, support sport development and deliver life long friendships to all. We thank Sport Canada, Government of Alberta, City of Red Deer, Canada Games Council, volunteers, staff, sponsors and partners for this fabulous journey. Thank you to the sponsor, Québec City Business Destination, of this event category of the STA Prestige awards. Your sponsorship allows for all of Canada to see the wonderful work done in our Sport Tourism industry. Merci beaucoup!”
Lyn Radford, Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society
“The 2019 Canada Winter Games were an incredible event that showcased our nation’s top amateur athletes and left behind a legacy of infrastructure, sustainability, and community pride in Red Deer. The City of Red Deer, Host Society staff, and the thousands of volunteers should be proud of what they accomplished and the 2019 Games are truly deserving of this award and recognition.”
Evan Johnston, Chair, Canada Games Council
“Thank you to Sport Tourism Canada for recognizing the 2019 Canada Winter Games, with the honour of this recognition. This award is a tribute to the incredibly hard work accomplished by our local Host Society, our generous partners and the more than 5,000 incredible community volunteers who made this opportunity possible. To the people of Red Deer, be incredibly proud of what you accomplished. We are here because you courageously said yes. We are here because you said we will find a way. We are here because you said we’ll do it together. Thank you, Canada Games, for the opportunity to welcome our fellow Canadians to our community for this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer
Enjoy this wonderful look back at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, hosted by Ron MacLean
Chief Clarence Louie and author Matt Tenney featured at Workforce Strategies Summit March 30 in Red Deer
News Release submitted by the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)
Prominent Speakers Keynote Workforce Strategies Summit
Two top caliber speakers will keynote the Workforce Strategies one-day summit in Red Deer March 30th. In the morning, social entrepreneur and “Serve to be Great” and “The Mindfulness Edge” author, Matt Tenney will share his leadership development and business success strategies. Tenney is a US-based consultant and trainer with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute. His clients include Wells Fargo, Marriott, Keller Williams, Salesforce, United Airlines, and many other companies, associations, and universities.
In the afternoon, Canadian Speakers Bureau 5-star Indigenous inclusion, First Nation leadership and economic development expert keynote speaker, Chief Clarence Louie will share his experiences, lessons learned and business-smarts approach. Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band for over 36 years, Chief Louie is one of six First Nations leaders to emphasize economic development to improve people’s standard of living. Under his direction, the Band has become a multi-faceted corporation that owns and manages nine businesses and employs hundreds of people.
Completing the plenary sessions will be two panels of expert speakers on “Embracing the New Workforce” including topics on diversity, GenZ, and immigration, and “Automation and Technology to Fill the People Gap“. The panelists include: Steve Miller, Implicit Career Search; Andrea Cassidy, Beyond Insurance; Nicole Arienzale, Fortis Alberta; Tonya Woolford, Xerox; Tom Muir, Poeta Digital; Jason Thompson, Warrior Supplies; and Dr. Joy Agnew, Olds College Centre for Innovation. The panels will be moderated by Stuart Cullum President Red Deer Polytechnic and Donna Purcell lawyer and owner of Donna Purcell QC Law.
Summit attendees can also attend private meetings with international recruitment agencies, lawyers, business consultants, and human resources professionals to discuss strategies specific to their organization’s needs. Employers of all types including non-profit organizations and cooperatives are invited to attend to learn more about attracting and retaining staff for their specific sector needs.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite or from the CentralSummit.ca website until March 24. Lunch is included.
Workforce Strategies Summit is hosted by the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) to help employers of all sizes gain insight and learn strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees. It is being held March 30, 2023 at Westerner Park in Red Deer.
Recruitment and retention related businesses including such as BusinessLink, Labour Solutions Canada, BLHR Consulting, C4ner Consulting, Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre, Camrose County, EPSS, Red Deer Polytechnic, Donna Purcell Law, Immigration Care, Digitex / Xerox, CRT Legal will be available for conversations in the business-to-business B2B Lounge.
Workforce Strategies Summit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Community Futures Central Alberta, Olds College, Red Deer Polytech, Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network, Red Deer Chamber, Burman University, Fortis Alberta, and Canadian Immigration Visa Services. Donna Purcell QC Law, Pinnacle Communications & Media inc, Waste Connections Canada, Digital.ca / Xerox and JEDI.
The kids need Umpires more than ever! Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association puts out the call for help
From the Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association (CASUA)
Become a Softball Umpire
The Central Alberta Softball Umpires Association (CASUA) is looking for new umpires to join their crew in 2023.
With a regular season and tournament schedule that gets underway in early May, CASUA is actively recruiting new umpires to cover minor games hosted by associations across the region.
CASUA works with minor associations in Softball Alberta’s Zone 4, and northern Zone 2.
Communities covered include Didsbury, Olds, Innisfail, Sundre, Elnora, Trochu, Delburne, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka, Bashaw, Clive, Bentley, Rimbey/ Bluffton, Stettler, Camrose, Castor, Coronation and Consort.
Umpiring is a great part-time job for youths (12+) or adults looking to earn at least $30 for a ninety-minute game.
Regular season games are held on weeknights in May and June, and weekend tournaments offer the chance to work anywhere from 6-10 games in a weekend. In addition to earning money, umpiring provides the chance to develop personal leadership skills such as decision making, communication and dealing with difficult situations.
Without umpires, players would face the prospect of having people pulled from the stands to officiate a game where they are unfamiliar with the rules, diminishing children’s learning and enjoyment of the sport.
And then there is the worst-case scenario of not having anyone to officiate meaning “without umpires its just recess.”
Umpires are required to complete a certification clinic prior to stepping on the diamond. This year, the theory portion of the clinic will be offered online, followed by an in-person mechanics clinic.
Mentorship is offered by senior umpires to help new officials skill development.
Currently, a choice of four in-person mechanics clinics scheduled in April:
Saturday, April 1 in Rimbey
Saturday, April 15 in Red Deer
Sunday, April 16 in New Norway
Saturday, April 29 in Castor
Registration fee for new umpires is $100, which includes membership with CASUA, Alberta Softball Umpires Association, Softball Alberta and Softball Canada, insurance, rule book, the clinic (including lunch), a mechanics manual, and an umpire shirt.
For more information, or to register as a softball umpire, check out the CASUA website at www.casua.ca, or email [email protected].
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Umpiring – a great summer job!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION – Website: www.casua.ca; Email: [email protected]
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