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25th Festival of Trees is underway!



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  • It started small.  25 years ago (1994) the first Red Deer Festival of Trees raised just less than $29,000.00 which was donated to the lab.   Central Alberta got behind the festival and the amount raised went up exponentially.  Within 10 years (2004) over a half million dollars was raised.. just three years later (2007) the festival hit the $1 Million mark for the first time.  They’ve done that 7 times in total.. raising a total of over $15,000,000.
    Year Receiving Department Proceeds Year Receiving Department Proceeds
    1994 Laboratory $ 28,509 2006 Operating Room $ 957,000
    1995 Special Care Nursery $ 41,025 2007 Point of Care Devices $ 1,100,000
    1996 Operating Room $ 63,284 2008 Maternal Child Program $ 735,000
    1997 Intensive Care Unit $ 108,358 2009 Colorectal Screening Clinic $ 600,000
    1998 Emergency Department $ 167,735 2010 Cardioplumonary Care $ 875,000
    1999 Long Term Care $ 225,178 2011 Minimally Invasive Surgery $ 1,020,000
    2000 Operating Room, Surgery, Outpatients $ 280,024 2012 Laboratory Services: Histopathology $ 1,225,000
    2001 Family Birth Centre $ 306,777 2013 Diagnostic Imaging, Urology, and OR $ 1,280,000
    2002 Outpatients Department $ 385,924 2014 Obstetrical Operating Room $ 1,075,000
    2003 Intensive Care Unit $ 401,338 2015 Medical Specialty Clinic (phase one) $ 1,060,000
    2004 Adult Mental Health $ 503,361 2016 Medical Specialty Clinic (phase two) $ 950,000
    2005 Regional Rehabilitation Unit $ 492,000 2017 Laboratory Automation $ 1,200,000
    24 Year Total $ 15,080,513
    Funds raised at the 25th annual Festival of Trees this weekend will be used to purchase Pyxis Medstations for use in Emergency, the Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Recovery Room, Unit 22 (Cardiology), & other critical care areas at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

    Click here to visit the Red Deer Festival of Trees website


    From signature events like Preview Dinner and Mistletoe Magic to our Volunteer & Senior Appreciations, Festival of Trees produces a calendar of events by and for our community.  There is something for everyone with so much from which to choose!

    The Festival of Trees is able to offer a wide variety of special events for our guests to come and socialize, have fun, and support healthcare for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.  These ticketed events are available to our sponsors through our sponsor benefits packages, and to the general public starting September 17, 2018.

    Event tickets on sale now!

    Preview Dinner – Wednesday, November 21, 2018    6pm – 11pm | Doors open at 5:30pm  GO!

    Appreciation Afternoon – Thursday, November 22, 2018    Seniors 60+: 12:30pm-3:00pm   Festival Volunteers:  4pm – 6pm  GO!


    Festival Business Lunch – Thursday November 22, 2018     11:30am – 1:30pm  GO!


    Taste of Red Deer – Thursday, November 22, 2018     6pm – 9pm GO!


    Festival of Wines – Friday, November 23, 2018    8pm – 11pm  GO!   Sold Out


    Festival Fashion Brunch – Saturday, November 24, 2018  10:30am – 1:30pm  GO!


    Mistletoe Magic, Saturday, November 24, 2018  6pm – 11pm GO!


    Breakfast with Santa – Sunday, November 25, 2018   9am – 12pm  GO!



    Westerner Park parking fee is $6.00/vehicle

    Public Hours:

    Thursday 6pm-9pm

    Friday/Saturday 10am-9pm

    Sunday 10am-4pm

    2018 Event Tickets are on sale now at

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    To a “City of Volunteers” from the Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games… Thank you!



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  • The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway and the city is alive with activity.  You can feel a buzz on major roadways, near any of the games venues, and on the sidewalks and streets downtown.  It’s time to enjoy the experience, take in the sport and culture.. make memories with your loved ones.

    It certainly is a good time to be grateful and that’s the way Games Chair Lyn Radford is feeling.  In the days leading up to the games she reached out to her community to offer thanks to a short list of citizens.  Well… at least that ‘was’ a short list of citizens… until the final day of Radford’s “grateful campaign”.    For her final thank you, Lyn turned her attention to the thousands of citizens who are volunteering in all the roles needed to make sure these games are a ‘smooth’ success.

    These people have all stepped up to the plate in a major way and Lyn wants to recognize their impact.  If you’re looking for someone to say thank you to for this event and for the many legacy infrastructure projects that will enhance Central Alberta’s offering to future citizens..  say Thank You… to someone in a volunteer uniform.

    Thank you from Todayville as well!   Now over to Lyn:

    Day 1 of personal thanks for 2019 Canada Winter Games – Red Deer journey- is to the 5000 + volunteers that believe in their community and are sharing their time and skills to make this event a life shaping experience for athletes and spectators .

    From the bottom of my heart ❤️ I send so much love to all of you for stepping up! I know you will show CANADA the class act Red Deer, Central Alberta and Alberta is!

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    A tremendous gift to Red Deer from local supporters of the 2019 Canada Winter Games



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  • As the 2019 Canada Winter Games begin, all of Central Alberta is invited to take part in festivities that will create life long memories.  The games will certainly be a highlight in the history of Red Deer because of those memories.  When the games are over the benefits will continue to pour in through the incredible legacy projects such as the Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre on RDC Campus, as well as all the amazing upgrades to numerous sporting facilities.

    But you don’t have to be into sports to appreciate the final piece of Canada Games infrastructure which opened this week.  Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza is a gift from so many, to so many.  From the Red Deer Public School Division who gifted this area to the City of Red Deer.  From community builders like Gary and Ruth Harris, Jack and Joan Donald.. and many others, including those who danced in the 2018 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off.

    Not only with this new community plaza be THE hub of evening activities throughout the Canada Winter Games, it will be home to an endless number of community celebrations in the years to come.

    Be sure to bring your family, your friends.. or come join the party at Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza to enjoy the talent of some of Canada’s best musical artists, to take in the cultural festival, and.. certainly to enjoy being hosted by Games sponsors who will be offering promotional goodies throughout.

    Welcome to Red Deer’s new downtown attraction.. and thanks to all those who made this happen!

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